August 3, 2004: Eight Doubles Lead Rout Over Brewers

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Date: August 3, 2004
Mets starter: Al Leiter
Mets: 12
Brewers: 3
Winning pitcher: Al Leiter
Key player(s): Cliff Floyd, Mike Cameron, Joe McEwing
Key play: Cameron’s home run, Mets’ eight doubles

The Mets and Brewers began a three-game series on a Tuesday night in Milwaukee. After being swept in their previous series in Atlanta, the Mets aimed to get back on the winning track. A total of eight doubles in the final four innings produced a 12-3 New York triumph.

From the first inning to the fourth, the Brewers’ Chris Capuano and the Mets’ Al Leiter each pitched scoreless ball. The teams combined for five singles with no runners advancing past second base. Capuano and Leiter recorded a combined total of eight strikeouts and one (intentional) walk during the four-inning stretch.

Mike Cameron led off the top of the fifth with a home run to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. Capuano retired the next three batters and Leiter set down Milwaukee 1-2-3 in the bottom half. Jose Reyes doubled and stole third base to begin the top of the sixth inning. A sacrifice fly by Todd Zeile scored Reyes with the Mets’ second run. Mike Piazza hit a double and Richard Hidalgo followed with a walk. An ensuing double by Cliff Floyd brought home Piazza and Hidalgo. Capuano was then replaced on the mound by Brewers’ reliever Jeff Bennett.

With Cameron at the plate, a passed ball by Milwaukee catcher Chad Moeller advanced Floyd to third base. Cameron hit a sacrifice fly to center fielder Scott Podsednik that scored Floyd. David Wright followed with the Mets’ fourth double of the inning. An ensuing single by Joe McEwing plated Wright to increase the Mets’ lead to 6-0. Jeff Bennett then fanned Leiter for the third out.

In the bottom of the sixth, Geoff Jenkins hit a two-out home run to end a string of twelve consecutive batters retired by Leiter. Wes Helms doubled and Brady Clark grounded out to shortstop Reyes to end the inning. Jose led off the top of the seventh with the Mets’ fifth double of the game. Jeff Bennett set down the next three batters to close the inning. Leiter then retired the Brewers 1-2-3 for the fourth time in the bottom half.

Milwaukee reliever Matt Wise walked Floyd to begin the top of the eighth inning. Cliff stole second and Wise retired the next two Mat batters. McEwing singled to bring home Floyd for a 7-1 Mets lead. Pinch-hitter Eric Valent struck out to end the inning. Mets’ reliever Mike Stanton fanned Gary Bennett to start the bottom half. On a wild pitch third strike, Podsednik reached first base. Trent Durrington was called out on strikes and Jenkins drew a walk. Stanton then threw a called third strike past Helms for his fourth strikeout of the inning.

With one out in the top of the ninth, the Mets scored a run on back-to-back doubles by Zeile and Vance Wilson. Hidalgo singled to score Wilson and moved to third when pinch-hitter Gerald Williams hit the Mets’ eighth double of the game. Cameron got a single to score Hidalgo and make the score 10-1. Wright singled off reliever Matt Kinney to bring home Williams. A sacrifice fly by McEwing plated Cameron with the Mets’ twelfth run. Kinney then struck out Stanton to end the inning.

Mets’ reliever Mike DeJean gave up singles to Clark and Bill Hall to start the bottom of the ninth. Ben Grieve hit into a force play on which Clark came home on shortstop McEwing’s error. Craig Counsell doubled to score Grieve from second base and Gary Bennett was hit by a pitch. DeJean then struck out Podsednik and got pinch-hitter Brooks Kieschnick on a game-ending pop-up to second baseman Reyes. The Mets had begun the series in Milwaukee with an eight-double rout.