August 2, 2006: Mets Survive Fish Rally

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Date: August 2, 2006
Mets starter: Steve Trachsel
Mets: 6
Marlins: 5
Winning pitcher: Steve Trachsel
Key player(s): Paul Lo Duca, Cliff Floyd
Key play: Lo Duca’s and Floyd’s singles in 1st, Marlins’ errors

The Mets faced the Marlins on a Wednesday night in Miami, Florida. The teams played the second of three games in a series. The Mets held off a Fish comeback attempt and came away with a 6-5 win.

Jose Reyes singled against Marlins’ starter Ricky Nolasco to lead off the top of the first inning. Reyes stole second base and scored on a single by Paul Lo Duca. Carlos Beltran drew a walk and Carlos Delgado hit a single to load the bases. David Wright went down on strikes and Cliff Floyd singled to drive home Lo Duca. On the play, right fielder Jeremy Hermida made an error that allowed Beltran to come home and Delgado to move to third. Jose Valentin was struck out and Endy Chavez got an infield single on which an error by Nolasco allowed Delgado to score the Mets’ fourth run. Nolasco retired Steve Trachsel on a fly ball to Hermida for the third out. Trachsel then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Reyes got a single to begin the top of the second. Lo Duca singled and Beltran bunted for a single to load the bases. Delgado followed with a sacrifice fly that drove home Reyes for a 5-0 Mets lead. Wright hit a force play ground ball to third baseman Miguel Cabrera, who followed with an error that moved Beltran to third. Nolasco struck out Floyd to end the inning and Josh Willingham singled to open the bottom half. Hermida lined out to right fielder Chavez and a double by Cody Ross ensued. Trachsel then retired Miguel Olivo and pinch-hitter Joe Borchard on consecutive infield grounders to close out the inning.

Chavez hit a single against Florida reliever Renyel Pinto with one out in the top of the third. Endy moved to second base on a wild pitch and Trachsel drew a walk. Reyes followed with a force play ground ball on which second baseman Alfredo Amezaga made an error that brought home Chavez. Pinto threw a called third strike past Lo Duca for the inning’s final out and a single by Amezaga opened the bottom half. Hanley Ramirez grounded out to third baseman Wright and a fly ball by Mike Jacobs was caught by left fielder Floyd. Cabrera singled to plate Amezaga with the Marlins’ first run of the game. On his own hit, Cabrera was out via a relay throw by catcher Lo Duca to second baseman Valentin to end the inning.

After scoreless fourth and fifth innings, Pinto set down the side in order in the top of the sixth. Ramirez homered against Trachsel to lead off the bottom half. Jacobs grounded out to shortstop Reyes and a home run by Cabrera reduced the Mets’ lead to 6-3. Willingham flied out to center fielder Beltran and a walk to Hermida followed. New York reliever Roberto Hernandez then retired Ross on a fly ball to Floyd to finish off the inning.

Pinto surrendered only a walk to Delgado in the top of the seventh. Olivo reached on Hernandez’s wild pitch third strike to begin the bottom half. Pinch-hitter Wes Helms singled and Olivo went to third base after Amezaga’s line out to Beltran. Ramirez was retired on a pop-up to first baseman Delgado. Pinch-hitter Dan Uggla drew a walk against Mets’ reliever Pedro Feliciano to load the bases. Against New York’s Chad Bradford, Cabrera singled to bring home Olivo and Helms with the Marlins’ fourth and fifth runs of the game. Bradford then got Willingham to line out to Valentin and end the inning.

Florida reliever Taylor Tankersley yielded just a single to pinch-hitter Julio Franco in the top of the eighth. New York’s Aaron Heilman hurled a perfect bottom half and the Mets failed to score after loading the bases against the Marlins’ Joe Borowski in the top of the ninth. Helms singled against the Mets’ Billy Wagner to lead off the bottom of the inning. Pinch-hitter Brian Moehler was hit by a pitch and Ramirez went down on strikes. Wagner then fanned both Uggla and Cabrera for the game’s final outs. The Mets had hung on for a victory.