2009-04-10 / Sports

Kids Korner: Mets Win On Opening Day

By Sean Padraic McCarthy-Coyne Fourth Grade, PS 114

Hello all Mets fans around the United States, even in the Bronx. The very strong New York Mets won their first regular season game of the season 2-1 against the very red Cincinnati Reds last Monday afternoon.

So the Mets are 1-0 this season and they are tied with the Atlanta Braves, who are also 1-0 this season with a win against the Phillies. People have said the Phillies are "The Team to BEAT" because of that 2008 World Series Championship.

Well anyhow, Johan Santana, number 57 on the Mets, was the starting pitcher for the game against the Reds' Aaron Harang. The first four innings were scoreless until Daniel Murphy, number 28, hit a home run (the third of his career) for the Mets to make it a 1- 0 game in the fifth inning. The Reds didn't score in the bottom of the fifth.

Murphy was up again and even though he hit the ball to first base and was out, he managed to score Luis Castillo, number 1, on the Mets to make it a 2-0 game.

But when it came to the bottom of the sixth, Santana allowed his first run of the season to make it a 2-1 game and got taken out of the game by manager Jerry Manuel.

The pitcher to replace Santana was Sean Green (not Shawn Green the former right fielder), number 50 on the Mets. Green pitched the end of the sixth inning, the whole seventh inning and pitched 1 and 1/3 innings. The Reds didn't score off him.

Then one of the best closers in Major League Baseball, J.J. Putz, pitched for the Mets in the eighth inning and didn't allow a run. Then came Francisco Rodriguez, or "K-Rod" (not "A-Rod" or "A-Roid" the steroid taker), the closer with the most saves in a season with 62.

He retired the side and won the game for the Mets and thanked God the father, the Son and Holy Spirit. But anyway, Johan Santana got the win (1- 0), Aaron Harang got the loss (0-1), and Francisco Rodriguez got the save.

So all those Mets fans out there in the United States, and even in the Bronx, you all must say, "LET'S GO METS!"

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