The Fish made their final opening day as the "Florida" Marlins a memorable one, as ace Josh Johnson no-hit the Mets through six innings, and John Buck officially introduced himself to the 41,237 Fish fans in attendance with a grand slam that sealed the game one victory.
While JJ was busy sitting down the Mets through six innings, the Marlins made starter Mike Pelfrey work for his outs. Chris Coghlan was the first Fish to get on base when he worked a lead-off walk in the bottom of the first, and Mike Stanton followed suit by collecting the Marlins first hit of the 2011 season, a two-out double down the left field line. Both runners were stranded, though, when Pelfrey got Gaby Sanchez to ground out to first and end the threat.
In the bottom of the fourth, Pelfrey wasn't as successful. Mike Stanton showed a little patience at the plate when he worked a one-out walk, and Gaby followed with a double to left. After Logan Morrison walked to load the bases for the Fish, John Buck was kind enough to unload them with one swing of the bat. Buck's opening day grand slam was the fourth in Marlins history, and put the Fish up 4-0.
The Marlins added another run in the fifth. With one out, Hanley Ramirez nabbed his first hit of the season, a single to right. He promptly stole his first base of 2011, and scored on a Gaby Sanchez single to make it 5-0, Fish.
JJ carried his no-hitter into the seventh inning, but Willie Harris didn't waste any time busting it up with a lead-off double. Carlos Beltran was equally inconsiderate when he doubled to end the shut out. After JJ gave up a single to Angel Pagan, a groundout scored Beltran to make it 5-2, and Edwin Rodriguez decided a call to the bullpen was in order.
Josh left to a standing ovation with two on and two out, and reliever Mike Dunn trotted to the mound to clean up the inning. Dunn walked Brad Emaus, but got Scott Hairston swinging to end the inning.
In the eighth, Lomo hit a solo shot off of Taylor Buccholz to give the Fish a 6-2 lead. Clay Hensley held the Mets scoreless in the bottom of the inning, and Leo Nunez sat the Mets down 1-2-3 in the ninth to preserve the win.
The victory gave Edwin Rodriguez his first opening day win as a Major League manager, and kept the Marlins on pace with the Phillies, who came back to win their opener at CBP. (Don't give me that first of 162 games mumbo jumbo. With the Phillies, every game counts.)
Overall, it was a pretty great way to kick off a brand new Marlins season. Now let's do it 161 more times.