July 16, 2001: Trachsel Leads Shutout of Jays

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Date: July 16, 2001
Mets starter: Steve Trachsel
Mets: 3
Blue Jays: 0
Winning pitcher: Steve Trachsel
Key player(s): Steve Trachsel, Edgardo Alfonzo, Mike Piazza
Key play: Alfonzo’s and Piazza’s singles in 5th

The Mets faced the Blue Jays on a Monday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the second on three games in an interleague series. Steve Trachsel pitched eight scoreless innings in a 3-0 Mets win over Toronto.

Trachsel retired the side in order in the top of the first. Jays’ starter Roy Halladay gave up just a double to Benny Agbayani in the bottom half and Steve yielded only a single to Luis Lopez in the top of the second. Halladay retired all three Mets batters on infield ground balls in the bottom of the inning and Trachsel held the Blue Jays to a single by Cesar Izturis in the top of the third. Joe McEwing singled with two outs in the bottom half. Edgardo Alfonzo was called out on strikes for the inning’s third out and Brad Fullmer got a two-out single in the top of the fourth. Fullmer stole second base and Trachsel retired Lopez on an inning-ending line drive to left fielder Agbayani. Halladay then shut down the Mets in the bottom half.

Trachsel surrendered only a walk to Alex Gonzalez in the top of the fifth. Steve hit a double with one out in the bottom of the inning. McEwing grounded out to third baseman Lopez and a single by Alfonzo brought home Trachsel with the first run of the game. Alfonzo stole second base and Agbayani drew a walk. Mike Piazza followed with a single that scored Alfonzo and increased the Mets’ lead to 2-0. Halladay then struck out Robin Ventura to close out the inning.

Trachsel hurled a perfect top of the sixth. Todd Zeile hit a single to lead off the bottom half. Tsuyoshi Shinjo drew a walk and Rey Ordonez’s sacrifice bunt advanced the runners to second and third base. Trachsel hit a ground ball on which second baseman Izturis threw to catcher Alberto Castillo for an out at home on Zeile. Halladay then got McEwing to ground out to Izturis and end the inning.

Trachsel retired the Jays 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh. Agbayani singled against Toronto reliever Esteban Loaiza with one out in the bottom half. Piazza was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Jose Cruz, Jr., after which pinch-runner Jay Payton moved to second base. Ventura was given an intentional walk and Zeile hit a single to drive home Payton with the Mets’ third run. Loaiza then got Shinjo to fly out to Cruz and finish off the inning.

Trachsel hurled a perfect top of the eighth. Loaiza set down the side in order in the bottom half and Shannon Stewart singled against Trachsel to open the top of the ninth. Mets’ reliever Armando Benitez walked Cruz and struck out Raul Mondesi. Fullmer flied out to left fielder McEwing and a walk to pinch-hitter Carlos Delgado loaded the bases. Benitez then got Gonzalez to hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Ordonez for the final out of the game. The Mets had a shutout victory.