August 7, 2001: Chen Leads Two-Hit Shutout of Brewers

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Date: August 7, 2001
Mets starter: Bruce Chen
Mets: 3
Brewers: 0
Winning pitcher: Bruce Chen
Key player(s): Bruce Chen, Joe McEwing, Rey Ordonez
Key play: Ordonez's single in 2nd, McEwing's triple in 7th

The Mets and Brewers played on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams began a three-game series in front of 27,240 fans. Bruce Chen pitched seven innings of two-hit ball and got the win as the Mets defeated Milwaukee, 3-0.

After a scoreless first inning, the Mets took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second. Todd Zeile and Tsuyoshi Shinjo singled with two outs against Brewers' starter Jimmy Haynes. A single by Rey Ordonez brought home Zeile from second base. Haynes then struck out Chen to end the inning.

Chen and Haynes pitched shutout ball from the third inning to the sixth. Bruce allowed consecutive singles to Richie Sexson and Jeromy Burnitz in the fourth and increased his strikeout total to seven for the game. Meanwhile, Haynes yielded a fifth-inning single to Ordonez and retired all other Met batters. Chen then shut down Milwaukee with a perfect top of the seventh inning.

Robin Ventura doubled to lead off the bottom of the seventh. Haynes struck out Zeile and walked Shinjo intentionally. Ordonez popped up to second baseman Ronnie Belliard for the second out of the inning. Pinch-hitter Joe McEwing hit a triple off Brewers' reliever Ray King to score Ventura and Shinjo. In relief of King, Chad Fox fanned Benny Agbayani to end the inning.

In the top of the eighth, John Franco recorded two strikeouts in pitching a 1-2-3 inning. Fox set down the Mets without a hit in the bottom half. Armando Benitez pitched a perfect top of the ninth with a fly ball and two strikeouts to end the game. The Mets had a two-hit shutout victory as Chen and a pair of relievers combined for 11 strikeouts.