Tommy Hanson's first Opening Day start went quite well, except Johan Santana was better in New York's 1-0 win over the Braves.
Santana was making his first start since September 2010 and as usual, he was stingy, allowing only one hit through the first four innings. The Braves threatened to score in the fifth, loading the bases on a double and two walks, but Santana escaped. They also put two on base in the sixth, but again failed to score.
The Braves were 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.
Hanson and Santana matched zeros through five innings; Santana allowed only two hits and struck out five. Hanson struck out four, but a leadoff walk in the sixth and Daniel Murphy's single led to David Wright's RBI hit, which led to Hanson's exit. The combination of Kris Medlen and Jonny Venters prevented any further damage, but the Braves' bats simply didn't capitalize when they needed to (that sounds familiar).
Frank Francisco earned the save for the Mets.
One bright spot for the Braves was Tyler Pastornicky earning his first major-league hit, a one-out triple in the seventh off winning pitcher Ramon Ramirez.