April 25, 2006: Nady and Floyd Slug Mets Past Giants

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Date: April 25, 2006
Mets starter: Steve Trachsel
Mets: 4
Giants: 1
Winning pitcher: Steve Trachsel
Key player(s): Steve Trachsel, Xavier Nady, Cliff Floyd
Key play: Nady’s and Floyd’s home runs

The Mets faced the Giants on a Tuesday night in San Francisco. The teams played the second of three games in a series. Xavier Nady and Cliff Floyd hit home runs to give the Mets a 4-1 win.

Jose Reyes singled against Giants’ starter Jamey Wright to lead off the top of the first inning. Reyes stole second base and advanced to third on an error by catcher Mike Matheny. Paul Lo Duca hit a single to score Reyes for a 1-0 Mets lead. Carlos Delgado singled and David Wright was retired on a pop-up to second baseman Jose Vizcaino. Floyd grounded out to Vizcaino and a fly ball by Nady was caught by center fielder Randy Winn for the third out. Mets’ starter Steve Trachsel then gave up only a single to Lance Niekro in the bottom half.

Kazuo Matsui got a leadoff single in the top of the second. With Endy Chavez at bat, Matsui got caught by Jamey Wright’s pickoff throw and was tagged out by first baseman Niekro. Chavez went down on strikes and Trachsel singled. Reyes grounded out to third baseman Pedro Feliz to end the inning and Barry Bonds led off the bottom half with a game-tying home run. Moises Alou drew a walk and Feliz flied out to left fielder Floyd. Vizcaino hit a single and Matheny was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Chavez, after which Alou was out via a relay throw by second baseman Matsui to third baseman David Wright for an inning-ending double play.

Trachsel and Jamey Wright each pitched scoreless ball from the third inning to the sixth. To begin the top of the seventh, Nady homered for a 2-1 Mets lead. Matsui got an infield single and went to second base on Chavez’s sacrifice bunt. Pinch-hitter Jose Valentin grounded out to Vizcaino and a line drive by Reyes was caught by Winn to end the inning. Mets’ reliever Duaner Sanchez then shut down the Giants in the bottom half.

David Wright singled with two outs in the top of the eighth. David stole second base and a homer by Floyd increased the Mets’ lead to three runs. Jamey Wright retired Nady on a fly ball to Winn for the inning’s third out and Sanchez yielded only a double to pinch-hitter Mark Sweeney in the bottom half. San Francisco reliever Jeremy Accardo hurled a perfect top of the ninth and New York’s Billy Wagner retired Omar Vizquel on a ground ball to David Wright to open the bottom of the inning. Wagner then got Niekro to pop out to Matsui and retired Bonds on a fly ball to Chavez for the final out of the game. The Mets had a solid victory.