April 25, 2003: Mets Come Back to Beat D'Backs
|Date: April 25, 2003|
|Mets starter: Steve Trachsel|
|Winning pitcher: Mike Stanton|
|Key player(s): Tony Clark, Raul Gonzalez|
|Key play: Clark’s single in 6th, Gonzalez’s double in 7th|
The Mets faced the Diamondbacks on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. The Mets came from behind for a 4-3 win over Arizona.
Steve Trachsel and D’Backs starter Miguel Batista each pitched scoreless ball from the first inning to the third. Luis Gonzalez hit a home run to lead off the top of the fourth. Trachsel struck out Lyle Overbay and yielded a single to Danny Bautista. Carlos Baerga doubled to drive home Bautista and moved to third base on Quinton McCracken’s infield single. McCracken stole second and Chad Moeller was walked intentionally to load the bases. Batista went down on strikes and Craig Counsell singled to score Baerga for a 3-0 Arizona lead. Trachsel then retired Junior Spivey on an inning-ending fly ball to left fielder Cliff Floyd.
A single by Mike Piazza and a walk to Mo Vaughn opened the bottom of the fourth inning. On a bunt by Raul Gonzalez, Batista threw to third baseman Baerga for a force out on Piazza. Timo Perez hit a single to drive home Vaughn and send Raul Gonzalez to third. An ensuing single by Ty Wigginton scored Raul Gonzalez to cut the Diamondbacks’ lead to 3-2. Trachsel reached on a bunt to load the bases. Batista then got Roberto Alomar on a ground ball to second baseman Spivey for a double play that closed out the inning.
Following a scoreless fifth, Trachsel set down the Snakes in order in the top of the sixth. Vaughn drew a walk to begin the bottom half. Raul Gonzalez grounded out to Baerga to move Vaughn to second base. Perez reached first on Batista’s wild pitch of a third strike as Vaughn advanced to third. Wigginton was retired on a pop-up to Spivey. Pinch-hitter Tony Clark singled to drive home Vaughn and tie the game. Arizona reliever Steve Randolph then got Alomar to fly out to left fielder Luis Gonzalez and end the inning.
Mets’ reliever Mike Stanton shut down the D’Backs in the top of the seventh. With two outs in the bottom of the inning, Piazza doubled against the Snakes’ Oscar Villarreal. Vaughn was given an intentional walk. An ensuing double by Raul Gonzalez plated Piazza to put the Mets ahead by a run. Villarreal walked Perez intentionally and retired Wigginton on an inning-ending fly ball to right fielder Bautista. Stanton pitched a perfect top of the eighth. Villarreal then set down the Mets in order in the bottom half.
Mets’ reliever Armando Benitez issued a walk to pinch-hitter David Dellucci to start the top of the ninth inning. Dellucci stole second base and moved to third on pinch-hitter Steve Finley’s ground out to second baseman Alomar. Counsell popped out to third baseman Wigginton. Benitez then retired Spivey on a ground ball to shortstop Joe McEwing for the final out of the game. The Mets had a comeback victory to begin the weekend series.