April 14, 2006: Fourteen Strikeouts Bury Brewers

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Date: April 14, 2006
Mets starter: Tom Glavine
Mets: 4
Brewers: 3
Winning pitcher: Tom Glavine
Key player(s): Tom Glavine, Xavier Nady, Paul Lo Duca, Carlos Delgado
Key play: Nady’s home run, Lo Duca’s double, Delgado’s single

The Mets faced the Brewers on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. Tom Glavine and three relievers teamed up for fourteen strikeouts in a 4-3 win over Milwaukee.

Glavine fanned both Brady Clark and Geoff Jenkins in pitching a perfect top of the first inning. Brewers’ starter Chris Capuano retired the side in order in the bottom half and Carlos Lee singled to open the top of the second. Bill Hall went down on strikes and Rickie Weeks flied out to center fielder Carlos Beltran. Prince Fielder hit a single and Damian Miller grounded back to Glavine for the inning’s third out. With two outs in the bottom half, Xavier Nady hit a home run for a 1-0 Mets lead. Capuano then struck out Victor Diaz to end the inning.

Glavine recorded strikeouts of Capuano and Jenkins in a scoreless top of the third. Jose Reyes got a two-out single in the bottom half. Paul Lo Duca doubled to drive home Reyes and a walk to Beltran ensued. Carlos Delgado hit a single to score Lo Duca and increase the Mets’ lead to 3-0. David Wright was called out on strikes to finish off the inning and Glavine chalked up two more Ks in a scoreless top of the fourth. Capuano yielded just a single to Diaz in the bottom half.

To open the top of the fifth, Capuano singled and advanced to second base on an error by left fielder Diaz. Capuano went to third after Clark’s fly out to Diaz and came home on a single by J. J. Hardy. Glavine fanned Jenkins and Lee for the inning’s final outs and singled to lead off the bottom half. Reyes hit a force play ground ball to second baseman Weeks and advanced to third as Lo Duca reached on third baseman Hall’s error. Beltran drew a walk to load the bases and Delgado followed with a force play grounder to Weeks that plated Reyes for a 4-1 Mets lead. Trying to score on the play, Lo Duca was out at home via a relay throw by first baseman Fielder to catcher Miller for an inning-ending double play.

Glavine struck out Hall and Weeks in a perfect top of the sixth. Capuano set down the side 1-2-3 in the bottom half and Miller singled against Mets’ reliever Aaron Heilman to begin the top of the seventh. Miller moved to third base on pinch-hitter Gabe Gross’s single and scored on a wild pitch. Clark drew a walk and New York’s Duaner Sanchez retired Hardy on a grounder to third baseman Wright that advanced the runners to second and third. Jenkins hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Gross with the Brewers’ third run of the game. Lee was given an intentional walk and Sanchez got Hall on a force play grounder to shortstop Reyes to close out the inning. Milwaukee’s Justin Lehr then hurled a perfect bottom half.

To begin the top of the eighth, Weeks singled and stole second base. Fielder went down on strikes and Miller drew a walk. Sanchez struck out pinch-hitter Corey Koskie and retired Clark on an inning-ending ground ball to second baseman Anderson Hernandez. Brewers’ reliever Jorge de la Rosa set down the side on three straight infield grounders in the bottom half and the Mets’ Billy Wagner got Hardy on a fly ball to left fielder Endy Chavez to start the top of the ninth. Jenkins was retired on a grounder to Wright. Wagner then fanned Lee for the game’s final out. The Mets had a victory to open the weekend series.