Mets Win Their First Game at Citi Field- Exhibition and Rain Delayed

Wendy AdairAnalyst IApril 4, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 03:  Carlos Beltran #15 of the New York Mets hits an RBI single during an exhibition game against the Boston Red Sox on April 3, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The game marks the first time the Mets play in their new ballpark.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Last night the Mets won their first game at Citi Field, they beat the Boston Red Sox 4-3 in a game that saw a 67 minute rain delay in the 6th inning.

Neither team took batting practice prior to the game because it had been raining steadily most of the day.

It was however, a chance for the Mets to see how hitting and fielding in the new park will be different than at Shea Stadium.

For one, Citi Field's outfield walls are higher, all but eliminating Endy-like catches at the wall. Fernando Tatis hit a ball that would have been a home run in Shea Stadium and almost any other park in the majors, but he had to settle for a double. 

Another difference is the backstop, even wild pitches provide no guarantee of runners advancing or scoring because of the carom back towards home plate.

The sluggers of the Mets may feel the biggest change because of the dimensions, but Beltran, Delgado and Wright all hit many singles and doubles and need to work with the gaps in the outfield.

K-Rod notched his first save as a Met, this is huge, last year it could have been yet another blown save opportunity.