August 18, 2003: Trachsel One-Hits Rockies
|Date: August 18, 2003|
|Mets starter: Steve Trachsel|
|Winning pitcher: Steve Trachsel|
|Key player(s): Steve Trachsel|
|Key play: Piazza's & Phillips' home runs|
The Mets and Rockies completed a four-game series on a Monday afternoon at Shea Stadium. Steve Trachsel was on the mound in search of a series sweep for the Mets. Trachsel pitched a one-hit shutout as the Mets downed Colorado, 8-0.
The Mets scored four runs against Rockies' pitcher Chin-Hui Tsao in the first three innings. Mike Piazza slugged a two-run homer in the first and Jason Phillips did the same in the third. Both homers came with Jose Reyes on base after a single.
Trachsel retired the Rockies in order in each of the first five innings. In the sixth, Steve got two ground outs before Tsao hit a double to center field. Trachsel then got Ronnie Belliard to fly out, ending the inning.
In the bottom of the sixth, Joe McEwing singled off Tsao with two out. Trachsel followed with a single of his own and Roger Cedeno also singled to score McEwing. After Adam Bernero replaced Tsao, Trachsel and Cedeno scored on an error by Colorado third baseman Garrett Atkins. Cliff Floyd then got the Mets' fourth single of the inning, scoring Reyes for another run.
Trachsel retired the Rockies in order in the seventh and eighth innings. In the ninth, he got Tony Womack to ground out before Greg Norton reached on an error. Steve then retired the next two Colorado hitters to end the game. The Mets had finished off the sweep on Trachsel's one-hitter in which he faced only 29 batters.
- Tsao's double was the first of two hits he had in his major league career.