July 15, 2004: Wigginton's Single in 11th Beats Phillies
|Date: July 15, 2004|
|Mets starter: Steve Trachsel|
|Winning pitcher: Jose Parra|
|Key player(s): Steve Trachsel, Kazuo Matsui, Bobby Abreu, Ty Wigginton|
|Key play: Wigginton’s single in 11th|
The Mets faced the Phillies on a Thursday night at Shea Stadium. The teams began a four-game series immediately following the All-Star Break. Ty Wigginton singled home the winning run in the 11th inning for a 3-2 Mets victory over Philadelphia.
Steve Trachsel and the Phils’ Eric Milton each pitched three scoreless and hitless innings to start the game. Trachsel set down the side in order in the top of the fourth and Jose Reyes doubled to lead off the bottom half. An ensuing double by Kazuo Matsui scored Reyes for the first run of the game. Milton retired the next three Mets hitters and David Bell singled with two outs in the top of the fifth. Mike Lieberthal followed with a double to send Bell to third base. Trachsel then struck out Milton to end the inning.
With one out in the bottom of the fifth, Wigginton singled to left field. Ty advanced to second base on Mike Cameron’s ground out to first baseman Jim Thome and scored the Mets’ second run on Trachsel’s ensuing single. Milton got Reyes on a fly ball to center fielder Ricky Ledee to close out the inning and Placido Polanco got a one-out single in the top of the sixth. Bobby Abreu homered to tie the game at 2-2 and Thome followed with a single to center field. Pat Burrell was retired on a pop-up to third baseman Wigginton and consecutive walks to Ledee and Bell loaded the bases. Mets’ reliever Orber Moreno got Lieberthal on a ground ball back to the mound for the inning’s final out. Milton then set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the bottom half.
Moreno and the Phillies’ Rheal Cormier each hurled a perfect seventh inning. Mets’ reliever Mike Stanton retired the side in order in the top of the eighth. With one out in the bottom half, pinch-hitter Todd Zeile singled to left field. Reyes hit a force play grounder to Cormier and moved to third base on a single by Matsui. Philadelphia reliever Tim Worrell got Mike Piazza on a fly ball to Ledee for the third out and Lieberthal doubled against the Mets’ Braden Looper with two outs in the top of the ninth. Chase Utley got a pinch-hit single to send Lieberthal to third and Jimmie Rollins grounded back to Looper to end the inning. Phils’ reliever Ryan Madson then pitched a scoreless bottom half to send the game onward.
Looper and Madson each retired the side in order in the 10th inning. Mets’ reliever Jose Parra shut down the Phillies in the top of the 11th. Piazza drew a walk against Philadelphia’s Roberto Hernandez to begin the bottom half. Richard Hidalgo flied out to Ledee and a single by Cliff Floyd moved pinch-runner Vance Wilson to second base. Shane Spencer drew a walk to load the bases. Wigginton followed with an infield single that scored Wilson to end the game. The Mets had begun the unofficial second half of the season with an extra-inning win.