August 5, 2004: Mets Complete Three-Game Sweep of Brewers

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Date: August 5, 2004
Mets starter: Victor Zambrano
Mets: 11
Brewers: 6
Winning pitcher: Victor Zambrano
Key player(s): David Wright, Vance Wilson, Mike Cameron
Key play: Cameron’s double, Wilson’s home run, Wright’s homer and double

The Mets faced the Brewers on a Thursday afternoon in Milwaukee. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets completed a series sweep with an 11-6 win.

Jose Reyes singled against Brewers’ starter Victor Santos to lead off the top of the first inning. Reyes stole second base and Eric Valent drew a walk. Mike Piazza was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Richard Hidalgo popped out to second baseman Bill Hall. Mike Cameron doubled to drive home Reyes and Valent for a 2-0 Mets lead. David Wright connected for a three-run homer and Vance Wilson hit a home run to extend the New York lead to 6-0. Santos then got Joe McEwing to fly out to right fielder Brady Clark and retired Victor Zambrano on a line drive to shortstop Craig Counsell for the third out.

Scott Podsednick hit a double against Mets’ starter Zambrano to open the bottom of the first. Hall lined out to shortstop Reyes and a single by Geoff Jenkins advanced Podsednick to third base. On his own hit, Jenkins moved to second via a throw. Lyle Overbay grounded out to Reyes to drive home Podsednick and a walk to Clark followed. Wes Helms drew a walk to load the bases and went to third on Gary Bennett’s single that scored both Jenkins and Clark, cutting the Mets’ lead to 6-3. Zambrano then struck out Counsell to finish off the inning.

After scoreless second and third innings, Valent and Piazza reached on errors by Hall and Counsell, respectively, with two outs in the top of the fourth. Hidalgo singled to score Valent for a 7-3 Mets lead. Santos was replaced on the mound by Milwaukee reliever Matt Kinney, against whom Cameron walked to load the bases. Wright followed with a double that plated Piazza, Hidalgo and Cameron, increasing the New York lead to 10-3. Wilson drew a walk and Kinney retired McEwing on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Podsednick. Zambrano then surrendered just a walk to Podsednick in the bottom half.

Kinney shut down the Mets in the top of the fifth. Zambrano hurled a scoreless bottom of the inning and Wright hit a one-out double against Kinney in the top of the sixth. Wilson singled to score Wright for an 11-3 Mets lead. With Brewers’ reliever Jeff Bennett on the mound, Wilson moved to second base on a wild pitch. Jeff Bennett retired McEwing and Zambrano on consecutive fly balls to left fielder Jenkins to close out the inning and Counsell reached on catcher Wilson’s interference to lead off the bottom half. Chad Moeller reached on an error by second baseman McEwing and a called third strike was thrown past Podsednick. Hall singled to load the bases and Zambrano was relieved by the Mets’ Pedro Feliciano. Jenkins greeted Feliciano with a double that brought home Counsell, Moeller and Hall. Overbay drew a walk and Clark flied out to right fielder Hidalgo. New York’s Ricky Bottalico then got Helms to fly out to center fielder Cameron and end the inning.

Jeff Bennett pitched a scoreless top of the seventh. Bottalico gave up only a single to pinch-hitter Chris Magruder in the bottom half and Milwaukee’s Dave Burba retired the side 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth. Bottalico set down all three batters in the bottom of the inning and Burba struck out the side in order in the top of the ninth. Clark drew a walk against the Mets’ John Franco to lead off the bottom half. Helms followed with a ground ball to McEwing for a double play. Franco then got pinch-hitter Trent Durrington to line out to Reyes and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory and a sweep of the series.