August 9, 2001: Mets Complete Sweep of Brewers
|Date: August 9, 2001|
|Mets starter: Al Leiter|
|Winning pitcher: Al Leiter|
|Key player(s): Mark Johnson, Vance Wilson, Joe McEwing, Rick White|
|Key play: Johnson’s double, Wilson’s RBI single, McEwing’s home run|
The Mets faced the Brewers on a Thursday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets completed a series sweep with a 4-3 win over Milwaukee.
Al Leiter and Brewers’ starter Jamey Wright each pitched two-hit scoreless ball from the first inning to the third. Richie Sexson drew a walk to lead off the top of the fourth. Angel Echevarria singled and Lou Collier’s sacrifice bunt advanced the runners to second and third base. Jose Hernandez was walked intentionally to load the bases and Henry Blanco followed with a sacrifice fly that scored Sexson for a 1-0 Milwaukee lead. Leiter got Wright on a force play ground ball to third baseman Robin Ventura to close out the inning. Wright then surrendered only a walk to Mark Johnson in the bottom half.
Mark Loretta got a one-out triple in the top of the fifth. Jeromy Burnitz hit a sacrifice fly to drive home Loretta with the Brewers’ second run of the game. Sexson flied out to center fielder Jay Payton to end the inning and Vance Wilson singled to open the bottom half. Wilson moved to second base on a balk and to third on Leiter’s ground out to first baseman Sexson. Joe McEwing hit a single to score Wilson and reduce the Milwaukee lead to 2-1. Wright then retired Desi Relaford on a ground ball to second baseman Loretta for the inning’s third out.
Hernandez slugged a solo home run with two outs in the top of the sixth. Blanco went down on strikes to end the inning and Matt Lawton got a leadoff single in the bottom half. Ventura took a called third strike and Johnson doubled to bring home Lawton. Lenny Harris grounded out to Sexson to advance Johnson to third base and a walk to Payton followed. Wilson hit a single to plate Johnson and tie the game at 3-3. Wright then got Leiter to ground out to Loretta and finish off the inning.
Leiter set down the side in order in the top of the seventh. To begin the bottom half, McEwing homered against Brewers’ reliever Mike DeJean to put the Mets ahead by a run. Relaford grounded out to Loretta and a walk to Lawton ensued. Milwaukee’s Ray King and Mike Buddie retired Ventura and pinch-hitter Todd Zeile, respectively, on infield grounders to close out the inning and Sexson drew a one-out walk against Leiter in the top of the eighth. Mets’ reliever Rick White threw a called third strike past Echevarria and got Collier on an inning-ending fly ball to Payton. Buddie then hurled a perfect bottom half.
Hernandez was struck out to begin the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Mark Sweeney took a called third strike. White then got pinch-hitter Raul Casanova to fly out to left fielder McEwing and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory and a sweep of the series.