August 19, 2001: Piazza Slugs Dodgers

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Date: August 19, 2001
Mets starter: Steve Trachsel
Mets: 6
Dodgers: 5
Winning pitcher: Steve Trachsel
Key player(s): Mike Piazza
Key play: Piazza's single in 1st & two homers

The Mets faced the Dodgers in the finale of a three-game series on a Sunday afternoon. The Dodger Stadium crowd of 49,395 watched Mike Piazza haunt his old team with three hits and four runs batted in. The Mets defeated Los Angeles, 6-5.

Matt Lawton led off the first inning with a walk from Dodgers' starter Chan Ho Park. Lawton went to third base on a single by Edgardo Alfonzo and came home when Piazza followed with another single. On left fielder Gary Sheffield's error, Alfonzo also scored on the play. The Dodgers got a run in the bottom half on a home run by Shawn Green off Mets' starter Steve Trachsel.

After a scoreless second inning, Piazza homered off Park to lead off the top of the third. Park pitched a perfect fourth, but allowed a run on Desi Relaford's sacrifice fly to score Alfonzo in the fifth for a 4-1 Mets lead. Meanwhile, Trachsel held down the Dodgers on four more hits from the second inning to the end of the sixth.

In the seventh, Alfonzo singled off Los Angeles reliever Giovanni Carrara to start the inning. Piazza followed with his second home run of the game. Trachsel then gave up a homer to Marquis Grissom to begin the bottom half, but retired the next three Dodger hitters.

Adrian Beltre and Mark Grudzielanek started the bottom of the eighth with back-to-back doubles to cut the Mets' lead to 6-3. Rick White came in to replace Trachsel and, after an out, allowed a two-run homer to Sheffield to make it a one-run game. White then retired the next two batters to end the inning.

Armando Benitez pitched a scoreless bottom of the ninth to end the game. The Mets had their second victory of the series at Chavez Ravine.

Notes

  • The number 29 proved to be significant in the game. Piazza's two homers gave him 29 for the season and Benitez recorded his 29th save of the year. Trachsel, whose uniform number was 29, faced 29 batters in his seven innings to get the win.