August 15, 2003: Glavine Leads Shutout of Rockies

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Date: August 15, 2003
Mets starter: Tom Glavine
Mets: 5
Rockies: 0
Winning pitcher: Tom Glavine
Key player(s): Tom Glavine, Ty Wigginton, Jose Reyes, Jason Phillips
Key play: Wigginton’s doubles, Reyes’ and Phillips’ home runs

The Mets faced the Rockies on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a four-game series. Tom Glavine led the way in a shutout as the Mets defeated Colorado, 5-0.

Glavine and the Rockies’ Darren Oliver each started the game with three scoreless innings pitched. Tom surrendered just a walk to Larry Walker in the top of the fourth and Cliff Floyd was hit by a pitch with one out in the bottom half. Floyd stole second base and went to third on catcher Charles Johnson’s throwing error. Jason Phillips grounded out to third baseman Chris Stynes and a double by Ty Wigginton brought home Floyd for a 1-0 Mets lead. Oliver then got Raul Gonzalez on a ground ball to shortstop Juan Uribe for the inning’s third out.

After a scoreless fifth, Glavine shut down the Rockies again in the top of the sixth. Jose Reyes homered against Oliver to begin the bottom half. Mike Piazza grounded out to Uribe and a double by Floyd ensued. Against Colorado reliever Steve Reed, Phillips slugged a two-run homer to increase the Mets’ lead to 4-0. Reed struck out Wigginton and retired Gonzalez on an inning-ending grounder to Stynes. Mets’ reliever Grant Roberts pitched a perfect top of the seventh. For the Mountain Men, reliever Aaron Cook set down the side in order in the bottom half.

New York’s Mike Stanton retired all three batters in the top of the eighth. Jose Reyes hit a single to open the bottom of the inning. On his own hit, Jose was out via a throw by left fielder Rene Reyes to second baseman Ronnie Belliard. Piazza singled and a single by Floyd advanced pinch-runner Marco Scutaro to third base. Phillips popped out to first baseman Todd Helton and a double by Wigginton plated Scutaro with the Mets’ fifth run. Cook then got Gonzalez to ground out to Belliard and finish off the inning.

Rene Reyes doubled to lead off the top of the ninth. Stynes went down on strikes and Johnson drew a walk. Pinch-hitter Jay Payton was retired on a pop-up to first baseman Phillips. Stanton then got Belliard on a ground ball to second baseman Scutaro for the game’s final out. The Mets had a shutout victory to start the weekend series.