August 16, 2003: Early Offense Trounces Rockies

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Date: August 16, 2003
Mets starter: Jae Seo
Mets: 13
Rockies: 4
Winning pitcher: Jae Seo
Key player(s): Jose Reyes, Cliff Floyd, Jason Phillips, Timo Perez
Key play: Floyd’s two-run singles, Perez’s double

The Mets faced the Rockies on a Saturday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the second of four games in a series. The Mets scored eight runs in the first two innings and rolled to a 13-4 win over Colorado.

Ronnie Belliard singled against Mets’ starter Jae Seo with one out in the top of the first. Todd Helton hit a single to advance Belliard to third base and moved to second on a throw. Preston Wilson grounded out to second baseman Joe McEwing to drive home Belliard with the first run of the game. Seo threw a called third strike past Larry Walker for the third out and Roger Cedeno doubled against Colorado’s Shawn Chacon to lead off the bottom of the inning. Cedeno went to third on Jose Reyes’ ground out to second baseman Belliard and scored on a single by Mike Piazza. Consecutive walks to Cliff Floyd and Jason Phillips loaded the bases and Timo Perez hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Piazza for a 2-1 Mets lead. Chacon then retired Ty Wigginton on a fly ball to left fielder Jay Payton to close out the inning.

Seo hurled a scoreless top of the second. To begin the bottom half, McEwing drew a walk and advanced to second base on Seo’s sacrifice bunt. Cedeno walked and moved to third on Reyes’ double that plated McEwing. Piazza was walked intentionally to load the bases and Floyd hit a single to score both Cedeno and Reyes. Phillips singled to drive home Piazza for a 6-1 Mets lead and Chacon was replaced on the mound by Rockies’ reliever Jose Jimenez. Perez greeted Jimenez with a double that brought home Floyd and Phillips with the seventh and eighth New York runs. Jimenez then retired Wigginton and McEwing on infield ground balls for the inning’s final outs.

Following a scoreless third, Walker hit a solo home run with one out in the top of the fourth. Seo set down the next two Mountain Men to close out the inning and Floyd got a one-out single in the bottom half. Phillips doubled to score Floyd and moved to third base on Perez’s ground out to Belliard. Wigginton grounded out to third baseman Garrett Atkins to end the inning and Jimenez singled with one out in the top of the fifth. Tony Womack fouled out to first baseman Phillips and a triple by Belliard brought home Jimenez. Helton doubled to score Belliard and reduce the Mets’ lead to 9-4. Seo retired Wilson on a fly ball to right fielder Cedeno to finish off the inning. Jimenez then hurled a perfect bottom half.

Mets ‘ reliever Dan Wheeler pitched a scoreless top of the sixth. Reyes singled against Jimenez to open the bottom of the inning. Jose moved around to third base on a pair of infield ground outs and Colorado reliever Javier Lopez walked Phillips intentionally. Perez hit a single to score Reyes and extend the Mets’ lead to 10-4. A wild pitch advanced the runners to second and third before an intentional walk to Wigginton loaded the bases. Lopez then got McEwing on a force play grounder to Atkins that ended the inning.

Wheeler retired the Rockies in order in the top of the seventh. Cedeno singled against Colorado’s Adam Bernero with one out in the bottom half. Reyes hit a double and Piazza was walked intentionally to load the bases. Against Rockies’ reliever Brian Fuentes, Floyd singled to score both Cedeno and Reyes. On the play, Piazza went to third via an error by right fielder Walker. Phillips grounded out to second baseman Womack to bring home Piazza with the Mets’ thirteenth run of the game. Fuentes then retired Perez on a pop-up to Womack to close out the inning.

Mets’ reliever John Franco set down the side on three straight infield ground balls in the top of the eighth. For the Mountain Men, reliever Justin Speier hurled a scoreless bottom half. Payton singled against New York’s David Weathers to begin the top of the ninth. Atkins lined out to left fielder McEwing (who had shifted from second.) Weathers then got Charles Johnson on a fly ball to McEwing and retired Juan Uribe on a grounder to second baseman Marco Scutaro for the game’s final out. The Mets had an easy victory.