August 8, 2001: Trachsel Leads Mets Over Brewers

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Date: August 8, 2001
Mets starter: Steve Trachsel
Mets: 5
Brewers: 4
Winning pitcher: Steve Trachsel
Key player(s): Steve Trachsel, Todd Zeile, Edgardo Alfonzo
Key play: Zeile’s two-run single, Alfonzo’s home run, Trachsel’s RBI bunt

The Mets faced the Brewers on a Wednesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played in front of 34,619 fans on hand. Steve Trachsel pitched three-hit ball over seven innings in a 5-4 Mets win over Milwaukee.

Trachsel set down the side in order in the top of the first. With one out in the bottom half, Edgardo Alfonzo got hit by a pitch. Matt Lawton drew a walk and Mike Piazza popped out to first baseman Richie Sexson. Robin Ventura walked to load the bases and a single by Todd Zeile brought home Alfonzo and Lawton. Brewers’ starter Allen Levrault struck out Tsuyoshi Shinjo to end the inning and Raul Casanova hit a solo home run with two outs in the top of the second. Jose Hernandez singled and Trachsel fanned Luis Lopez for the inning’s third out. Levrault then gave up just a single to Benny Agbayani in the bottom half.

Following a scoreless third, Jeromy Burnitz doubled to lead off the top of the fourth. Burnitz advanced to third base after Sexson’s fly out to right fielder Lawton and a strikeout of Mark Sweeney ensued. With Casanova at bat, Burnitz came home on a wild pitch to tie the game at 2-2. Casanova went down on strikes for the inning’s third out. Levrault pitched a perfect bottom half.

Trachsel hurled a scoreless top of the fifth. With two outs in the bottom of the inning, Alfonzo homered to put the Mets back in front by a run. Lawton was struck out to end the inning and Trachsel surrendered just a walk to Sexson in the top of the sixth. Piazza and Ventura got back-to-back singles against Levrault to begin the bottom half. Zeile hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Hernandez on which Piazza moved to third base. With Milwaukee reliever Chad Fox on the mound, Zeile went to second on a wild pitch. Shinjo was walked intentionally to load the bases and Rey Ordonez reached on third baseman Mark Loretta’s error to drive home Piazza. Trachsel followed with a sacrifice bunt to score Zeile and increase the Mets’ lead to 5-2. Agbayani drew a walk that reloaded the bases. Fox then fanned Alfonzo to finish off the inning.

Trachsel pitched a scoreless top of the seventh. Brewers’ reliever Lance Painter hurled a perfect bottom half and the Mets’ Rick White retired the side 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth. Zeile singled against Milwaukee’s Curt Leskanic to open the bottom of the inning. Shinjo reached on Hernandez’s error and Ordonez walked to load the bases. Pinch-hitter Lenny Harris flied out to right fielder Burnitz, who made a throw to catcher Casanova for an out on Zeile and a double play. Leskanic then retired Agbayani on a pop-up to second baseman Lopez to end the inning.

Sexson hit a home run against Mets’ reliever Armando Benitez to lead off the top of the ninth. Sweeney followed with a homer for the Brewers’ fourth run of the game. Casanova popped out to second baseman Alfonzo and a strikeout of Hernandez ensued. Lopez doubled and pinch-hitter Lou Collier drew a walk. Benitez then got Loretta to fly out to Lawton and bring the game to an end. The Mets had come away with a victory.