August 6, 2002: Astacio Strikes Out 10 in Three-Hitter
|Date: August 6, 2002|
|Mets starter: Pedro Astacio|
|Winning pitcher: Pedro Astacio|
|Key player(s): Pedro Astacio, Mike Piazza, Jeromy Burnitz, Ty Wigginton|
|Key play: Piazza’s home run, Burnitz’s double, Wigginton’s RBI single|
The Mets faced the Brewers on a Tuesday night in Milwaukee. The teams played the opener of a three-game series at Miller Park. Pedro Astacio pitched a three-hitter and recorded ten strikeouts as the Mets came away with a 5-1 win.
Roberto Alomar singled off Brewers’ starter Ben Sheets to begin the top of the first inning. Timo Perez popped out to second baseman Eric Young and a homer by Mike Piazza gave the Mets a two-run lead. Sheets retired Mo Vaughn and Jeromy Burnitz on ground balls to finish off the inning. With one out in the bottom half, Young hit a single and stole second base. Lenny Harris singled to drive home Young and advanced to second on an error by left fielder Roger Cedeno. Astacio got Richie Sexson to fly out to Cedeno and struck out Jeffrey Hammonds to end the inning. The Mets failed to score despite leadoff singles by Ty Wigginton and Cedeno in the top of the second. Astacio then completed a perfect bottom half by throwing a called third strike past Paul Bako.
Alomar walked to open the top of the third inning. Perez and Piazza followed with singles to load the bases. Vaughn hit a grounder to Young for a double play on which Alomar came home. Burnitz doubled to score Perez for a 4-1 Mets lead. Wigginton hit a single to plate Burnitz and stole second base. Sheets got Cedeno on an inning-ending ground ball to first baseman Sexson. Astacio shut down Milwaukee in the bottom half and Sheets pitched a scoreless top of the fourth. Astacio then recorded a pair of called strikeouts in a scoreless bottom of the inning.
Wigginton and Cedeno got back-to-back singles with two outs in the top of the fifth. Rey Ordonez followed with a single to right field. On the hit, Wigginton was out at home on a throw by right fielder Matt Stairs. Astacio struck out Bako in a perfect bottom of the inning. Milwaukee reliever Matt Childers pitched a scoreless top of the sixth. Astacio fanned Alex Sanchez and hit Young with a pitch to start the bottom half. Young stole second and Harris grounded out back to Astacio. Sexson walked and Hammonds reached on third baseman Wigginton’s error to load the bases. Astacio then retired Stairs on an inning-ending ground ball to shortstop Ordonez.
The Mets were set down in order by the Brewers’ Ray King in the top of the seventh inning. Astacio struck out Jose Hernandez and gave up a single to Bako to begin the bottom half. Pinch-hitter Jorge Fabregas flied out to center fielder Perez. Sanchez grounded out to second baseman Alomar to end the inning. Milwaukee reliever Jayson Durocher shut down the Mets in the top of the eighth. Astacio then fanned Harris and Sexson to close out a perfect bottom half.
Durocher hurled a scoreless top of the ninth inning. Astacio got Hammonds for his tenth strikeout to start the bottom half. Stairs followed with a fly out to Perez. Astacio then retired Hernandez on a fly ball to right fielder Burnitz to end the game. The Mets had a victory on Pedro’s three-hitter to start the three-game series.