April 7, 2006: Thirteen Hits Flatten Fish

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Date: April 7, 2006
Mets starter: Steve Trachsel
Mets: 9
Marlins: 3
Winning pitcher: Steve Trachsel
Key player(s): Steve Trachsel, David Wright, Jose Reyes
Key play: Wright’s and Reyes’ singles and homers, Trachsel’s double

The Mets faced the Marlins on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a weekend series. The Mets pounded out thirteen hits in a 9-3 win over Florida.

Mets’ starter Steve Trachsel pitched a scoreless top of the first inning. Jose Reyes doubled against the Marlins’ Jason Vargas to lead off the bottom half. Reyes advanced to third base on Paul Lo Duca’s sacrifice bunt and came home on Carlos Beltran’s single to center field. Carlos Delgado was hit by a pitch and Beltran stole third. David Wright hit a sacrifice fly to score Beltran for a 2-0 Mets lead. Vargas then retired Cliff Floyd on a pop-up to shortstop Hanley Ramirez for the third out.

Trachsel set down the side in order in the top of the second. Consecutive singles by Xavier Nady and Anderson Hernandez began the bottom of the inning. Trachsel went down on strikes and Reyes flied out to left fielder Josh Willingham. Lo Duca hit a force play ground ball to third baseman Miguel Cabrera to end the inning and Trachsel yielded only a single to Jeremy Hermida in the top of the third. Vargas then surrendered just a walk to Wright in the bottom half.

Mike Jacobs hit a home run to open the top of the fourth. Willingham was called out on strikes and Dan Uggla popped out to first baseman Delgado. Miguel Olivo was retired on a pop-up to second baseman Hernandez to close out the inning and Nady got a leadoff single in the bottom half. Xavier moved to second base on Hernandez’s ground out to Vargas and came around to score on a double by Trachsel. Reyes followed with a single to drive home Trachsel for a 4-1 Mets lead. Lo Duca was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Eric Reed. Reyes stole second and Beltran was given an intentional walk. Vargas then threw a called third strike past Delgado for the inning’s final out.

Trachsel pitched a perfect top of the fifth. Wright slugged a home run to open the bottom half. Floyd drew a walk and Nady was struck out. Hernandez grounded to second baseman Uggla for a force play and Vargas fanned Trachsel to finish off the inning. Steve retired the Fish 1-2-3 in the top of the sixth and Florida reliever Todd Wellemeyer hit Lo Duca with a pitch with one out in the bottom half. Beltran flied out to Reed and a wild pitch sent Lo Duca to second base. Delgado doubled to bring home Lo Duca and scored on a single by Wright, extending the Mets’ lead to 7-1. Wellemeyer then got Floyd to ground out to first baseman Jacobs and end the inning.

Mets’ reliever Chad Bradford retired the Marlins on three straight infield ground balls in the top of the seventh. Pinch-hitter Endy Chavez hit a two-out double against Florida’s Chris Resop in the bottom half. Reyes slugged a two-run homer to lengthen the Mets’ lead to 9-1. Resop retired Lo Duca on a grounder to Ramirez that closed out the inning and Reed singled against New York’s Jorge Julio to begin the top of the eighth. Matt Treanor took a called third strike and Ramirez got an infield single. Hermida walked to load the bases and Cabrera was called out on strikes. Jacobs singled to drive home Reed and Ramirez with the Marlins’ second and third runs of the game. On the play, Hermida was out via a throw by right fielder Nady to third baseman Wright to end the inning.

Delgado doubled against Fish reliever Matt Herges for the Mets’ thirteenth hit with one out in the bottom of the eighth. Herges got Wright on a ground ball to Cabrera for an inning-ending double play and New York’s Darren Oliver retired Willingham on a ground ball to Wright to begin the top of the ninth. Uggla also grounded out to Wright. Oliver then got pinch-hitter Wes Helms on a grounder to shortstop Reyes for the game’s final out. The Mets had a solid victory to start the series.