April 15, 2003: Burnitz and Glavine Lead Mets Over Bucs

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Date: April 15, 2003
Mets starter: Tom Glavine
Mets: 3
Pirates: 1
Winning pitcher: Tom Glavine
Key player(s): Tom Glavine, Jeromy Burnitz, Cliff Floyd
Key play: Burnitz’s home run, Floyd’s double

The Mets faced the Pirates on a Tuesday night in Pittsburgh. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. Jeromy Burnitz hit a two-run homer and Tom Glavine recorded his second win of the season as the Mets defeated the Bucs, 3-1.

After a scoreless first inning, Pirates’ starter Josh Fogg set down the side in order in the top of the second. Reggie Sanders drew a walk to lead off the bottom half. Sanders stole second base and moved to third on Craig Wilson’s ground out to shortstop Rey Sanchez. Pokey Reese popped out to Sanchez and an intentional walk to Abraham Nunez followed. Fogg hit a single to score Sanders for a 1-0 Bucs lead. Glavine then got Kenny Lofton to fly out to left fielder Cliff Floyd and finish off the inning.

Fogg gave up only a single to Burnitz in the top of the third. Glavine pitched a perfect bottom half and Fogg surrendered only a walk to Mike Piazza in the top of the fourth. Glavine retired all three Pittsburgh batters in the bottom of the inning and Ty Wigginton reached on an error by shortstop Nunez to open the top of the fifth. Burnitz hit a home run to put the Mets ahead, 2-1. Sanchez was retired on a line drive to third baseman Aramis Ramirez. Glavine grounded out to Fogg and a single by Roger Cedeno ensued. With Roberto Alomar at bat, Cedeno was caught stealing second base on catcher Jason Kendall’s throw to Nunez for the inning’s third out. Glavine then retired the Pirates 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Alomar singled to begin the top of the sixth. Roberto stole second base and scored the Mets’ third run on a double by Floyd. Fogg set down the next three batters on outfield fly balls to end the inning and Glavine hurled a perfect bottom half. Fogg yielded just a single to Burnitz in the top of the seventh and Sanders drew a leadoff walk against Glavine in the bottom of the inning. Wilson hit a force play grounder to third baseman Wigginton and a single by Reese followed. Mets’ reliever Jaime Cerda retired Nunez on a fly ball to center fielder Cedeno and issued a walk to pinch-hitter Adam Hyzdu that loaded the bases. Cerda then got Lofton on a fly ball to Cedeno to close out the inning.

Pirates’ reliever Joe Beimel hurled a perfect top of the eighth. Kendall singled against the Mets’ Scott Strickland to open the bottom half. Ramirez popped out to first baseman Mo Vaughn and a strikeout of pinch-hitter Randall Simon ensued. Sanders drew a walk and Strickland fanned Wilson to end the inning. Beimel then set down the side in order in the top of the ninth.

Pinch-hitter Rob Mackowiak drew a walk against Mets’ reliever Armando Benitez to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning. Nunez went down on strikes and pinch-hitter Matt Stairs singled. Lofton hit a force play ground ball to first baseman Tony Clark. Benitez then got Kendall on a force play grounder to Sanchez for the game’s final out. The Mets had a series-opening victory.