April 23, 2005: Ten Runs Put Away Nats

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Date: April 23, 2005
Mets starter: Jae Seo
Mets: 10
Nationals: 5
Winning pitcher: Jae Seo
Key player(s): Jae Seo, Victor Diaz, Chris Woodward
Key play: Diaz’s two doubles, Seo’s and Woodward’s RBI singles

The Mets faced the Nationals on a Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played in front of 44,058 fans on hand. The Mets scored ten runs in the fourth and fifth innings for a 10-5 win over Washington.

Jae Seo and the Nationals’ Tomo Ohka each started the game with three scoreless innings pitched. Seo shut down the Nats again in the top of the fourth and Cliff Floyd singled against Ohka to lead off the bottom half. Doug Mientkiewicz hit a single and David Wright drew a walk to load the bases. Victor Diaz doubled to drive home Floyd and Mientkiewicz for a 2-0 Mets lead. Washington reliever Gary Majewski struck out Seo and gave up a single to Chris Woodward that plated Wright and Diaz with the third and fourth New York runs. On his own hit, Woodward advanced to second base via a throw. Miguel Cairo grounded out to shortstop Cristian Guzman and an intentional walk to Carlos Beltran followed. Majewski then retired Mike Piazza on a pop-up to second baseman Jose Vidro to end the inning.

Seo hurled a scoreless top of the fifth. Floyd singled against Nationals’ reliever Joe Horgan to lead off the bottom half. Cliff advanced to second base on a wild pitch and Mientkiewicz drew a walk. Wright doubled to score Floyd and moved to third base on Diaz’s double that brought home Mientkiewicz. Seo hit a single to plate Wright and Diaz, increasing the Mets’ lead to 8-0. Woodward singled and Cairo reached on third baseman Carlos Baerga’s error that allowed Seo to score. Beltran followed with a double that drove home Woodward for a 10-0 New York lead. Piazza reached on a fielder’s choice ground ball to load the bases. Horgan then struck out the next three batters to finish off the inning.

Pinch-hitter Jamey Carroll got a one-out single in the top of the sixth. Pinch-hitter J. J. Davis was called out on strikes and Nick Johnson singled to send Carroll to third base. Baerga hit a single to bring home Carroll with the Nats’ first run of the game. Seo struck out Brian Schneider to end the inning and Diaz singled against Washington reliever Hector Carrasco to begin the bottom half. Pinch-hitter Marlon Anderson grounded out to first baseman Johnson and a line drive by Woodward was caught by left fielder Tony Blanco, who then threw to second baseman Carroll for an out on Diaz to complete an inning-ending double play.

Blanco doubled against Mets’ reliever Dae-Sung Koo to open the top of the seventh. Guzman hit a single to advance Blanco to third base and went to second on an error by right fielder Diaz. Gary Bennett followed with a sacrifice fly that scored Blanco and moved Guzman to third. Brad Wilkerson got hit by a pitch and went to second after Carroll’s sacrifice fly to that drove home Guzman. Davis singled to score Wilkerson and reduce the Mets’ lead to 10-4. Koo retired Johnson on an inning-ending ground ball to shortstop Woodward. Carrasco then hurled a perfect bottom half.

Mets’ reliever Manny Aybar yielded only a single to Blanco in the top of the eighth. The Nationals’ Joey Eischen pitched a scoreless bottom of the inning and Wilkerson hit a one-out double against New York’s Heath Bell in the top of the ninth. Carroll singled to bring home Wilkerson with the fifth Washington run. Davis drew a walk and Johnson was struck out. Baerga then grounded back to Bell for the final out of the game. The Mets had a solid victory.