The Mets got their run in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Al Weis. Orioles starter Mike Cuellar was the winner, allowing just that run in a complete-game effort.
Despite the opening-game loss, nobody on the Mets was discouraged. Tom Seaver – the game’s losing pitcher – said years later “I swear, we came into the clubhouse more confident than when we had left it. Somebody – I think it was Donn Clendenon – yelled out, ‘Dammit, we can beat these guys!’ And we believed it. A team knows if they’ve been badly beaten or outplayed. And we felt we hadn’t been. The feeling wasn’t that we had lost, but Hey, we nearly won that game! We hadn’t been more than a hit or two from turning it around. It hit us like a ton of bricks.
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