August 24, 2005: Mets Rout Diamondbacks Again

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Date: August 24, 2005
Mets starter: Jae Seo
Mets: 18
Diamondbacks: 4
Winning pitcher: Jae Seo
Key player(s): Mike Jacobs, David Wright, Jose Reyes, Jae Seo
Key play: Mets’ five runs in 2nd

The Mets faced the Diamondbacks on a Wednesday night in Phoenix. After whipping the Snakes one night earlier, the Mets provided an encore with a collection of twenty hits in the game. The team cruised to an 18-4 win over Arizona.

Following a scoreless first inning, David Wright drew a walk (and advanced to second base on a wild pitch) against Diamondbacks’ starter Russ Ortiz to begin the top of the second. Victor Diaz followed with a double to score Wright and stole third. Mike Jacobs hit a two-run homer and Ramon Castro drew a walk. Jae Seo’s sacrifice bunt moved Castro to second and a walk to Jose Reyes ensued. Kazuo Matsui singled to load the bases and Carlos Beltran grounded out to second baseman Craig Counsell. On the play, Castro and Reyes came home with the Mets’ fourth and fifth runs while Matsui was caught in a rundown and eventually tagged out by Ortiz to close out the inning. Seo then retired the side in order in the bottom half.

Wright doubled with one out in the top of the third. Diaz hit a grounder on which Wright was caught between bases and tagged out by Counsell. Jacobs hit a double to drive home Diaz and an intentional walk to Castro ensued. Seo doubled to score Jacobs and increase the Mets’ lead to 7-0. On the play, Castro was out at home via a relay throw by Counsell to catcher Kelly Stinnett to finish off the inning. Seo then set down the D’Backs 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Reyes hit a leadoff triple in the top of the fourth inning. Matsui grounded out to Counsell and a sacrifice fly by Beltran brought home Reyes with the eighth New York run. Ortiz retired Cliff Floyd on an inning-ending grounder to first baseman Conor Jackson and the Snakes were shut down by Seo in the bottom half. Leading off the top of the fifth, Wright singled against Arizona reliever Greg Aquino. Diaz went down on strikes and Jacobs drew a walk. A double by Castro drove home Wright and Jacobs and a walk to Seo followed. Reyes hit a three-run homer to expand the Mets’ lead to 13-0 and Matsui singled to center field. Kazuo advanced to second base on a wild pitch and moved to third on Beltran’s ground out to Jackson. Aquino got Floyd to ground out to Jackson and end the inning. Seo then limited the Diamondbacks to singles by Chad Tracy and Jackson in a scoreless bottom half.

Wright hit a home run against Snakes’ reliever Buddy Groom to open the top of the sixth. Diaz grounded out to third baseman Alex Cintron and a single by Jacobs ensued. Castro doubled to advance Jacobs to third base. Seo grounded out to Counsell to drive home Jacobs and a single by Reyes scored Castro for a 16-0 Mets lead. Matsui singled to send Reyes to third and Groom got pinch-hitter Chris Woodward on an inning-ending force play grounder to shortstop Royce Clayton. Seo then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Wright homered against Arizona reliever Brandon Lyon with one out in the top of the seventh inning. Diaz doubled and went to third base on Jacobs’ fly out to center fielder Luis Terrero. Lyon retired Castro on a grounder to Clayton that ended the inning and Cintron got a two-out single in the bottom half. Cintron moved to second on a wild pitch and came around to score the Diamondbacks’ first run on a single by Jackson. Stinnett followed with a double to drive home Jackson and reduce the Mets’ lead to 17-2. Seo then got Terrero to ground out to shortstop Reyes and finish off the inning.

Against Arizona reliever Tim Worrell, Matsui was hit by a pitch with two outs in the top of the eighth. Woodward singled and Worrell retired Gerald Williams on an inning-ending ground ball to Counsell. Mets’ reliever Aaron Heilman got Counsell to ground out to second baseman Matsui to begin the bottom half. Clayton reached on an error by Matsui and pinch-hitter Tony Clark was struck out. Shawn Green hit a two-run homer and Tracy grounded out to Matsui to end the inning. With two outs in the top of the ninth, Jacobs homered against Arizona’s Jose Valverde for the Mets’ twentieth hit and eighteenth run of the game. Valverde then fanned Mike DiFelice for the inning’s third out.

Cintron flied out to right fielder Diaz to start the bottom of the ninth inning. Jackson was retired on a grounder to third baseman Wright. Heilman then struck out Stinnett to end the game. The Mets had their second consecutive lopsided victory over the D’Backs.