Eternal Baseball – Game #01 – Opening Day – The New York Mets at the Arizona Diamondbacks

SEAVER OUTLASTS WEBB FOR METS’ OPENING DAY VICTORY

Eternal Baseball Press

PHOENIX – Tom Seaver’s first pitch was his only regret on Opening Day.

Diamondbacks shortstop Ketel Marte lashed a leadoff home run off Mets’ starter Tom Seaver, but the New York ace pitched lights-out afterwards – limiting Arizona to four more hits in New York’s 2-1 win.

Arizona’s Brandon Webb held the Mets at bay until the fourth inning, when the Mets evened things up off back-to-back doubles from Seaver and left fielder Michael Conforto. The 1-1 score held up until the seventh inning, when Jose Reyes led off with a walk. Seaver bunted Reyes to second and he stole third base on the very next pitch. Webb lost Conforto on a four-pitch walk and Diamondbacks skipper Bob Brenly called to the bullpen for reliever Byung-Hyun Kim. Kim induced a pop to shallow LF but Luis Gonzalez’s throw had no chance to catch the speedy Reyes tagging up from third, and the Mets took a 2-1 lead.

Seaver made that slim lead hold up through eight innings before Mets closer Jeff Franco worked around a one-out walk to close the game.

Seaver (1-0) earned the win (8 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) while Brandon Webb (0-1) suffered the loss (6.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 5 K).

New York will try to make it two straight wins tomorrow night, sending right-hander Dwight Gooden to the mound to face Arizona lefty Patrick Corbin. First pitch from Minute Maid Park is at 7:05 PM CST.

Photo Credit: Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Atlanta Braves by Leandro Coletto Biazon

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