Fifteen strikeouts at the plate. Nine walks given up on the mound. Top four in the batting order, a combined 1-16 on the day with eight strikeouts.
Not the start that you were looking for out of the gate if you are the Cardinals, obviously.
The Mets took a 1-0 lead in the home half of the first inning after Jose Martinez committed the first Cardinal error of the season on a high throw to second base.
The Cards answered in the top of the 2nd as Yadier Molina sent Cardinals Twitter in a frenzy with a long ball in his first at bat of the season. The birds led 2-1 going into the bottom half of the second.
New York answered in their half of the first with two runs. Yoenis Cespedes brought in two with a single to left field.
After the Cardinals added one run in the top of the 4th after Jose Martinez drove in Matt Carpenter, the Mets exploded for a big five-run inning in the home half of the 5th to take an 8-4 lead.
It was pretty much all said and done after inning number five. St. Louis added one more run in the top of the sixth, but could not find an ounce of offense in the final three innings.
FINAL: Cardinals 4, Mets 9
-Jose Martinez went 3-4 on the day, including two RBIs and two runs scored.
-Yadi homered and picked up two RBIs. Molina now has four Opening Day home runs in his career.
-Jordan Hicks had a nice debut, striking out one batter in one inning of work. The big story for him was his consistent velocity, hitting as high as 101.6 MPH (according to Derrick Goold- St. Louis Post Dispatch).
Jordan Hicks closes out his first big-league inning by striking out Jay Bruce. His pitches, in order:
— Derrick Goold (@dgoold) March 29, 2018
Not So Bright Spots:
-Carlos walked six and punished the Dubble Bubble gum buckets in the dugout after he was taken out of the game.
— 12up (@12upSport) March 29, 2018
SATURDAY MARCH 31st V.S. METS – 12:10 PM C.T.
Probables: Michael Wacha (0-0) V.S. Jacob deGrom (0-0)
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