August 4, 2004: Five-Run 7th Beats Brewers

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Date: August 4, 2004
Mets starter: Steve Trachsel
Mets: 6
Brewers: 5
Winning pitcher: Pedro Feliciano
Key player(s): Joe McEwing, Mike Cameron, Todd Zeile
Key play: McEwing’s and Zeile’s singles, Overbay’s error, Cameron’s home run

The Mets faced the Brewers on a Wednesday night in Milwaukee. The teams played the second of three games in a series at Miller Park. The Mets scored five runs in the seventh inning and came away with a 6-5 win.

Steve Trachsel and the Brewers’ Doug Davis each started the game with four scoreless innings pitched. Mike Cameron hit a solo home run with one out in the top of the fifth. David Wright grounded out to shortstop Craig Counsell and a triple by Joe McEwing followed. Davis retired Trachsel on a fly ball to center fielder Scott Podsednick to end the inning and Bill Hall doubled to open the bottom half. Geoff Jenkins drew a walk and came around to score with Hall on Russell Branyan’s triple. Lyle Overbay singled to drive home Branyan for a 3-1 Milwaukee lead. Ben Grieve hit a force play ground ball to second baseman McEwing and went to second base on an error by shortstop Jose Reyes. Chad Moeller lined out to center fielder Cameron and an intentional walk to Counsell ensued. Trachsel then struck out Davis to finish off the inning.

Davis surrendered only a walk to Mike Piazza in the top of the sixth. Trachsel and Mets’ reliever Pedro Feliciano combined for a scoreless bottom half and consecutive walks to Cliff Floyd and Cameron began the top of the seventh. Davis was replaced on the mound by Brewers’ reliever Mike Adams, against whom Wright singled to load the bases. McEwing hit a single to drive home Floyd and Cameron, tying the game at 3-3. Gerald Williams reached second on first baseman Overbay’s error of a sacrifice bunt, which allowed both Wright and McEwing to score. Williams advanced to third on Reyes’ sacrifice bunt and came home on Todd Zeile’s single for a 6-3 Mets lead. Adams got Piazza to line out to third baseman Branyan and fanned pinch-hitter Eric Valent for the inning’s third out. The Mets’ Mike Stanton then retired the side in order in the bottom half.

Milwaukee reliever Dave Burba hurled a perfect top of the eighth. With one out in the bottom of the inning, pinch-hitter Trent Durrington homered against Stanton to cut the Mets’ lead to 6-4. New York’s Braden Looper got Podsednick to ground out to McEwing and retired Hall on an inning-ending line drive to right fielder Williams. The Brewers’ Danny Kolb pitched a scoreless top of the ninth and Branyan hit a solo home run with one out in the bottom half. Overbay grounded out to catcher Vance Wilson and a walk to Brady Clark ensued. Looper then struck out pinch-hitter Brooks Kieschnick to bring the game to an end. The Mets had a comeback victory.