April 22, 2004: Doubles in 7th Beat Expos

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Date: April 22, 2004
Mets starter: Steve Trachsel
Mets: 3
Expos: 2
Winning pitcher: Steve Trachsel
Key player(s): Steve Trachsel, Mike Piazza, Mike Cameron
Key play: Piazza’s and Cameron’s doubles in 7th

The Mets faced the Expos on a Thursday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Mike Piazza and Mike Cameron hit run-scoring doubles in the seventh inning to lift the Mets to a 3-2 win over Montreal.

Steve Trachsel and the Expos’ John Patterson each started the game with two scoreless innings pitched. Trachsel surrendered only a walk to Brad Wilkerson in the top of the third and Shane Spencer was hit by a pitch with one out in the bottom half. Spencer advanced to third base on Piazza’s double and came home on Jason Phillips’ ground out to first baseman Terrmel Sledge. Patterson then got Cameron to ground out to second baseman Jose Vidro and end the inning.

Trachsel hurled a scoreless top of the fourth. Patterson retired the Mets in order in the bottom half and singled with two outs in the top of the fifth. Wilkerson popped out to second baseman Joe McEwing to finish off the inning and Spencer hit a two-out double in the bottom half. Piazza was given an intentional walk and Phillips walked to load the bases. Cameron was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Wilkerson that closed out the inning and Trachsel yielded just a single to Orlando Cabrera in the top of the sixth. Patterson then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

With two outs in the top of the seventh, Brian Schneider slugged a home run to tie the game at 1-1. Trachsel struck out pinch-hitter Andy Fox to end the inning and Matsui drew a leadoff walk against Montreal reliever Chad Bentz in the bottom half. Karim Garcia singled to send Matsui to third base and the Expos’ Jeremy Fikac got Spencer to fly out to Wilkerson. Piazza hit a double to score Matsui and put the Mets ahead by a run. With Luis Ayala on the mound for the Expos, Phillips hit a ground ball on which third baseman Tony Batista threw to catcher Schneider for an out at home on Garcia. Cameron doubled to drive home pinch-runner Vance Wilson for a 3-1 New York lead. Ayala then retired Ricky Gutierrez on a grounder to shortstop Cabrera to close out the inning.

Mets’ reliever John Franco pitched a perfect top of the eighth. Montreal’s Chad Cordero hurled a scoreless bottom half and Batista singled against New York’s Braden Looper to begin the top of the ninth. Matthew Cepicky was retired on a fly ball to left fielder Spencer. Ron Calloway reached on an error by third baseman Gutierrez and a strikeout of pinch-hitter Juan Rivera followed. Schneider reached on Spencer’s error that allowed Batista to score the Expos’ second run. Looper then retired pinch-hitter Jamey Carroll on a ground ball to first baseman Phillips for the game’s final out. The Mets had a series-closing victory.