April 5, 2001: Reed Three-Hits Braves
|Date: April 5, 2001|
|Mets starter: Rick Reed|
|Winning pitcher: Rick Reed|
|Key player(s): Rick Reed, Rey Ordonez, Jay Payton|
|Key play: Ordonez’s and Reed’s RBI singles|
The Mets faced the Braves on a Thursday night in Atlanta. The teams played the finale of a season-opening, three-game series. Rick Reed pitched a three-hitter and helped his own cause with a two-run single in a 7-1 Mets win.
Braves’ starter Odalis Perez hurled a scoreless top of the first inning. Reed set down the side in order in the bottom half and Todd Zeile doubled to open the top of the second. Jay Payton got a single on which Zeile stayed at second base and Tsuyoshi Shinjo singled to load the bases. Rey Ordonez hit a single to drive home Zeile. Reed followed with a single that plated both Payton and Shinjo for a 3-0 Mets lead. Benny Agbayani’s sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third and Edgardo Alfonzo hit a ground ball on which Perez tagged out Ordonez. Robin Ventura walked to reload the bases and Perez got Mike Piazza on a force play grounder to third baseman Chipper Jones that ended the inning. Reed then retired the side on three straight infield ground balls in the bottom half.
Payton got a one-out single in the top of the third. Shinjo hit a force play grounder to Chipper Jones and advanced to second base on an error by second baseman Quilvio Veras. Ordonez singled to bring home Shinjo and increase the Mets’ lead to 4-0. On his own hit, Rey advanced to second via an error by right fielder Brian Jordan. Reed went down on strikes to close out the inning and held the Braves to a single by Rico Brogna in the bottom half. Perez surrendered only a walk to Agbayani in the top of the fourth and Andruw Jones hit a double with one out in the bottom of the inning. Reed then got Chipper Jones and B. J. Surhoff on consecutive infield grounders for the inning’s final outs.
Atlanta reliever Joe Slusarski pitched a perfect top of the fifth. Reed retired the side 1-2-3 in the bottom half and singled with one out in the top of the sixth. Agbayani hit a single and Alfonzo popped out to Veras. Ventura and Piazza followed with back-to-back singles to score Reed and Agbayani, respectively, for a 6-0 Mets lead. Slusarski retired Zeile on an inning-ending ground ball to first baseman Brogna and a pinch-hit single by Keith Lockhart opened the bottom half. Lockhart moved to third base on Rafael Furcal’s ground out to first baseman Zeile and came home on Veras’s ground out to second baseman Alfonzo. Andruw Jones then grounded back to Reed for the third out of the inning.
Braves’ reliever Chris Seelbach hurled a scoreless top of the seventh. Reed pitched a perfect bottom half and Seelbach retired all three batters in the top of the eighth. Rick set down the side in order in the bottom of the inning and Zeile drew a one-out walk against Atlanta’s Jason Marquis in the top of the ninth. Zeile moved to third base on Payton’s double and scored the Mets’ seventh run on Shinjo’s ground out to Veras. Marquis then retired Ordonez on a fly ball to center fielder Andruw Jones to end the inning.
Furcal grounded out to shortstop Ordonez to begin the bottom of the ninth. Veras was called out on strikes. Andruw Jones then grounded to Reed for the game’s final out. The Mets had a series-closing victory on Rick’s three-hit complete game.