August 3, 2003: Mets Club Cardinals with 19 Hits

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Date: August 3, 2003
Mets starter: Jeremy Griffiths
Mets: 13
Cardinals: 5
Winning pitcher: Jeremy Griffiths
Key player(s): Tony Clark, Jason Phillips, Jeremy Griffiths
Key play: Clark’s double and two home runs

The Mets and Cardinals faced each other on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams concluded a three-game series in front of 27,592 fans. A 19-hit attack led to a 13-5 Mets win over St. Louis.

In the top of the first inning, Bo Hart hit a leadoff home run to give the Cards a 1-0 lead. Mets’ starter Jeremy Griffiths responded by retiring the next three batters. Roger Cedeno led off the bottom half with a double and went to third base on Jose Reyes’ line out to center fielder J. D. Drew. A single by Cliff Floyd scored Cedeno with the tying run. Floyd advanced to third on Jason Phillips’ single and came home on a single by Timo Perez. St. Louis starter Garrett Stephenson then got Ty Wigginton to hit into a double play that ended the inning.

After a scoreless second inning, Hart reached on an error by third baseman Wigginton with one out in the top of the third. Drew flied out to center fielder Perez and a walk to Albert Pujols moved Hart to second. Tino Martinez hit a single to center field to score Hart and tie the game at 2-2. Griffiths struck out Scott Rolen to end the inning. Stephenson then shut down the Mets despite singles by Floyd and Perez in the bottom half.

Griffiths and Stephenson each pitched a scoreless fourth inning. In the top of the fifth, Griffiths set down the Redbirds in order. Reyes singled and stole second base to open the bottom half. Jose went to third on Floyd’s fly out to Drew and scored the go-ahead run when Phillips grounded out to second baseman Hart. Perez hit a liner that was caught by left fielder Pujols for the third out. Griffiths then held St. Louis to a single by Edgar Renteria in a scoreless top of the sixth inning.

Clark hit a home run with one out in the bottom of the sixth to increase the Mets’ lead to 4-2. Marco Scutaro followed with a double and Griffiths grounded out to third baseman Rolen. Cedeno hit a fly ball to Drew that ended the inning. Griffiths then pitched a perfect top of the seventh.

Reyes began the bottom of the seventh inning with an infield single off Cardinals’ reliever Jason Simontacchi. Floyd singled to advance Reyes to third and a single by Phillips scored Jose. A walk to Perez loaded the bases and Esteban Yan came in to pitch for St. Louis. Wigginton hit a sacrifice fly that brought home Floyd and moved Phillips to third. Clark hit an ensuing double to plate Phillips and Perez for an 8-2 Mets lead. Yan then retired Scutaro on a fly ball to Pujols and got pinch-hitter Raul Gonzalez on an inning-ending grounder to first baseman Martinez.

To start the top of the eighth, Pujols hit a double off Mets’ reliever David Weathers. Martinez drew a walk and pinch-hitter Miguel Cairo hit a liner to right fielder Cedeno that advanced Pujols to third base. Renteria walked to load the bases and a ground out by Kerry Robinson drove home Pujols. A pinch-hit single by Eduardo Perez scored Martinez and Renteria to cut the Mets’ lead to 8-5. Weathers then got Orlando Palmeiro to hit into a force play for the third out of the inning.

Cedeno doubled off Cards’ reliever Pedro Borbon to open the bottom of the eighth. With one out, Joe McEwing singled to left field to score Cedeno. Phillips followed with a double that brought home McEwing for the Mets’ tenth run. Jason went to third on a ground out and scored on Wigginton’s single to center field. Clark hit his second homer of the game (the Mets’ 19th hit) for two more New York runs. Borbon then retired Weathers on a ground ball back to the mound to end the inning.

Weathers set down the first two Redbird batters in the top of the ninth inning. Pujols hit a single and went to third on Martinez’s double to right field. David then got Cairo on a pop-up to first baseman Clark for the final out of the game. The Mets had a victory to close out the series.

Notes

  • The win for Griffiths was the only one of his major league career.