April 15, 2005: Heilman One-Hits Marlins

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Date: April 15, 2005
Mets starter: Aaron Heilman
Mets: 4
Marlins: 0
Winning pitcher: Aaron Heilman
Key player(s): Aaron Heilman, Mike Piazza
Key play: Piazza'a double in 5th

The Mets began a three-game series with the Marlins on a Friday night. Nearly 50,000 fans packed Shea Stadium to see Aaron Heilman face Josh Beckett in an early-season National League East Division matchup. Heilman allowed only one Florida hit in completing a 4-0 shutout win for the Mets.

Heilman retired the first nine Marlin batters over the first three innings. The Mets, meanwhile, scored two first inning runs off Beckett. Jose Reyes led off with a double and Miguel Cairo reached on an error. An infield out by Mike Piazza scored Reyes before Doug Mientkiewicz doubled to bring Cairo home.

In the top of the fourth, Heilman hit Juan Pierre with a pitch and Luis Castillo singled to put Florida runners on first and third with none out. Miguel Cabrera then lined out to third baseman Chris Woodward for the first out. Heilman retired Carlos Delgado and Mike Lowell for the last two outs of the inning, leaving the runners stranded.

Piazza came up to bat in the fifth with one out and runners on first and third base. Mike hit a double to left off Beckett to score Cairo and Carlos Beltran for two runs. The Mets had a four-run lead as Beckett finished his final inning of the night.

From the sixth to the ninth, Heilman faced the minimum 12 batters to finish off his complete game. Aaron gave up two walks to Castillo, but both were erased on double play grounders by Cabrera. No other Florida batter reached base in the last four innings. Heilman had a one-hit shutout, giving the Mets their fifth consecutive victory after the team had lost its first five games of the season.