53,640 fans sold out Shea Stadium for the pre game festivities. The Mets home opener that day was up against non other than their NL Eastern rivals, the Atlanta Braves.
Bobby Valentine sent his newest pitcher Kevin Appier to the hill against Bobby Cox's pitcher Kevin Millwood.
|Atlanta Braves||New York Mets|
|1||Rafael Furcal||SS||1||Darryl Hamilton||LF|
|2||Quilvio Veras||2B||2||Edgardo Alfonzo||2B|
|3||Chipper Jones||3B||3||Robin Ventura||3B|
|4||Brian Jordan||RF||4||Mike Piazza||C|
|5||B.J. Surhoff||LF||5||Todd Zeile||1B|
|6||Andruw Jones||CF||6||Jay Payton||CF|
|7||Javy Lopez||C||7||Tsuyoshi Shinjo||RF|
|8||Rico Brogna||1B||8||Rey Ordonez||SS|
|9||Kevin Millwood||P||9||Kevin Appier||P|
The scoring started early as the Braves B.J. Surhoff hit a solo HR to make it 1-0. But the Mets answered in the bottom of the 2nd, as Todd Zeile wlked & stole second base. Rey Ordonez then singled him in to tie it up.
The Mets had a big five run 5th inning, Ordonez doubles & Darryl Hamilton reached on a base hot as well. Edgardo Alfonzo & Robin Ventura both singled to bring in runs.
Then future Hall of Famer Mets hero Mike Piazza delivered the big blow of the day, a three run HR to make it 6-1 Mets. And the crowd went wild.....
In the Mets 6th inning, Tsuyoshi Shinjo hit his first HR of the season, pleasing the crowd even more as this Opening Day was becoming a good time for all Met fans.
After former Met Rico Brogna homered in the top of the 7th, Mike Piazza added his second of the day. His two run shot drove in Robin Ventura with the Mets ninth run of the day. The Mets would sin it 9-4.