August 19, 2004: Valent and Wright Slug Rockies for Sweep

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Date: August 19, 2004
Mets starter: Al Leiter
Mets: 4
Rockies: 2
Winning pitcher: Mike Stanton
Key player(s): Eric Valent, David Wright
Key play: Valent’s and Wright’s home runs

The Mets faced the Rockies in a doubleheader on a Thursday evening. After winning the opener of the twinbill at Denver’s Coors Field, the Mets aimed for a sweep in the nightcap. Home runs by Eric Valent and David Wright provided a comeback for a 4-2 Mets win over Colorado.

Al Leiter and the Rockies’ Jeff Fassero each pitched three scoreless innings to start the game. Cliff Floyd drew a walk with one out in the top of the fourth. Floyd stole second base and advanced to third on a throwing error by catcher J. D. Closser. A sacrifice fly by Richard Hidalgo brought home Floyd with the game’s first run. Mike Cameron drew a walk and Wright singled to left field. Fassero then retired Todd Zeile on a fly ball to left fielder Matt Holliday to end the inning.

Todd Helton drew a walk to lead off the bottom of the fourth. Vinny Castilla got an infield single and a walk to Holliday loaded the bases. Luis Gonzalez went down on strikes and Closser hit a force play ground ball to third baseman Wright that plated Helton and tied the game. Leiter got Jorge Piedra on an inning-ending grounder to first baseman Zeile and the Mets were set down in order by Fassero in the top of the fifth. Leiter then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Fassero held the Mets to a single by Floyd in the top of the sixth inning. With one out in the bottom half, Gonzalez doubled and advanced to third base as Closser reached on an error by Wright. Pinch-hitter Preston Wilson hit a ground ball on which shortstop Wilson Delgado threw to second baseman Joe McEwing for a force out on Closser. On the play, Gonzalez scored for a 2-1 Colorado lead as McEwing suffered a broken leg and was replaced by Danny Garcia. Leiter then issued a walk to pinch-hitter Charles Johnson and struck out Aaron Miles to end the inning.

Rockies’ reliever Tim Harikkala set down the side in order in the top of the seventh. For the Mets, Ricky Bottalico hurled a scoreless bottom half. To begin the top of the eighth, pinch-hitter Valent homered to tie the game at 2-2. Harikkala retired Garcia on a pop-up to second baseman Miles and got Vance Wilson to fly out to right fielder Gonzalez. Brian Fuentes then came in to pitch for the Mountain Men and retired Floyd on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Preston Wilson.

Mets’ reliever Braden Looper got Holliday and pinch-hitter Jeromy Burnitz on consecutive ground balls to start the bottom of the eighth. Closser was hit by a pitch and Looper was ejected by umpire Lance Barksdale after arguing the call. Mike Stanton came on to pitch for New York and fanned Preston Wilson for the third out. Leading off the top of the ninth, Hidalgo reached on an error by Colorado reliever Steve Reed. Cameron popped out to first baseman Helton. With Wright at bat, Hidalgo stole second base. David followed with a home run to give the Mets a two-run lead. Zeile was retired on a fly ball to Preston Wilson. Reed then struck out Delgado to finish off the inning.

Stanton struck out pinch-hitter Kit Pellow to start the bottom of the ninth. Miles grounded out to Garcia. Royce Clayton then hit a grounder back to Stanton for the final out of the game. The Mets had a sweep of the doubleheader.