August 23, 2003: Trachsel Leads Shutout of Dodgers

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Date: August 23, 2003
Mets starter: Steve Trachsel
Mets: 4
Dodgers: 0
Winning pitcher: Steve Trachsel
Key player(s): Steve Trachsel, Mike Piazza, Jose Reyes, Marco Scutaro
Key play: Piazza’s sacrifice fly, Scutaro’s single, Reyes’ home run

The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Saturday night in Los Angeles. The teams played the second of three games in a weekend series. Steve Trachsel and two relievers teamed up for a shutout in a 4-0 Mets win.

Roger Cedeno singled against Dodgers’ starter Andy Ashby to lead off the top of the first inning. Cedeno advanced to second base on a wild pitch and to third on a bunt single by Jose Reyes. Timo Perez reached on a fielder’s choice ground ball that loaded the bases and Mike Piazza hit a sacrifice fly to drive home Cedeno. Jason Phillips singled to score Reyes with the Mets’ second run and Ty Wigginton went down on strikes. Ashby retired Jeff Duncan on a grounder to second baseman Alex Cora for the third out. Trachsel then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

After scoreless second and third innings, Wigginton doubled to lead off the top of the fourth. Wigginton moved to third base on Duncan’s sacrifice bunt and came home on Marco Scutaro’s single for a 3-0 Mets lead. Ashby fanned Trachsel and got Cedeno on a ground ball to shortstop Cesar Izturis to close out the inning. Trachsel hurled a perfect bottom half and Reyes homered for the fourth New York run to begin the top of the fifth. Perez grounded out to first baseman Fred McGriff and a single by Piazza ensued. Phillips lined out to Cora, who followed up with a throw to McGriff for an out on Piazza and an inning-ending double play. Trachsel then yielded only a double to Adrian Beltre in the bottom half.

Scutaro hit a double with two outs in the top of the sixth. Trachsel got an infield single an Ashby retired Cedeno on a line drive to left fielder Jolbert Cabrera for the inning’s third out. Trachsel set down all three batters in the bottom half and Los Angeles reliever Paul Shuey pitched a perfect top of the seventh. Steve gave up just a single to Paul Lo Duca in the bottom of the inning. The Mets then failed to score after loading the bases against Shuey in the top of the eighth.

Cora singled against Trachsel with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning. Pinch-hitter Robin Ventura hit a single to send Cora to third base and Mets’ reliever David Weathers struck out pinch-hitter Mike Kinkade. Dave Roberts drew a walk to load the bases and Weathers threw a called third strike past Lo Duca for the final out of the inning. Dodgers’ reliever Tom Martin then retired the side in order in the top of the ninth.

Shawn Green singled against Mets’ reliever Mike Stanton to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning. McGriff was retired on a pop-up to second baseman Scutaro. Beltre hit a force play ground ball to third baseman Wigginton. Stanton then got Cabrera to fly out to right fielder Raul Gonzalez and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory on a shutout comprised of three pitchers.