August 26, 2005: Trachsel and Looper Blank Giants

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Date: August 26, 2005
Mets starter: Steve Trachsel
Mets: 1
Giants: 0
Winning pitcher: Steve Trachsel
Key player(s): Steve Trachsel, Braden Looper, David Wright
Key play: Wright’s home run

The Mets faced the Giants on a Friday night in San Francisco. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. Steve Trachsel and Braden Looper combined for a three-hit shutout in a 1-0 Mets win.

Following a scoreless first inning, David Wright hit a solo home run against Giants’ starter Kevin Correia with one out in the top of the second. Correia retired the next two Mets batters for the inning’s final outs and Trachsel pitched a perfect bottom half. Ramon Castro singled to lead off the top of the third. Trachsel went down on strikes and Jose Reyes flied out to center fielder Randy Winn. Correia got Miguel Cairo on a ground ball to first baseman J. T. Snow that closed out the inning. Trachsel then surrendered just a walk to Correia in the bottom half.

Cliff Floyd got a one-out single in the top of the fourth. Wright singled to send Floyd to third base and Mike Jacobs grounded to shortstop Omar Vizquel for an inning-ending double play. Trachsel set down the Giants in order in the bottom half and Correia hurled a perfect top of the fifth. Steve retired all three batters in the bottom of the inning and Reyes singled to open the top of the sixth. Cairo lined out to second baseman Ray Durham, who threw to Snow for an out on Reyes and a double play. Carlos Beltran singled and stole second base. Correia then retired Floyd on a line drive to left fielder Pedro Feliz to close out the inning.

With two outs in the bottom of the sixth, Winn singled for the Giants’ first hit of the game. Winn stole second base and Trachsel got Vizquel to hit an inning-ending ground ball to first baseman Jacobs. Correia pitched a scoreless top of the seventh and Trachsel set down the side 1-2-3 in the bottom half. Cairo hit a two-out single in the top of the eighth. Correia then struck out Beltran to finish off the inning.

Edgardo Alfonzo singled to lead off the bottom of the eighth. A sacrifice bunt by Snow advanced Alfonzo to second base and Mike Matheny’s ground out to shortstop Reyes moved pinch-runner Todd Linden to third. Pinch-hitter Michael Tucker drew a walk and Trachsel retired Winn on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Beltran. San Francisco reliever Scott Eyre then set down the side in order in the top of the ninth.

Vizquel doubled against Mets’ reliever Looper to begin the bottom of the ninth inning. Feliz grounded out to Looper and a ground out by Moises Alou (to first baseman Chris Woodward) advanced Vizquel to third base. Looper then retired Durham on a grounder to second baseman Cairo for the final out of the game. The Mets had a shutout victory on a three-hitter.