July 2, 2002: Mets Pound Phils With Hitting Attack
|Date: July 2, 2002|
|Mets starter: Pedro Astacio|
|Winning pitcher: Pedro Astacio|
|Key player(s): Timo Perez, Jeromy Burnitz, John Valentin|
|Key play: Burnitz’s single, Valentin’s double|
The Mets faced the Phillies on a Tuesday night in Philadelphia. Each of the players in the Mets’ starting lineup had at least one hit in the game. The Mets came away with a 12-6 win over the Phils.
Roberto Alomar drew a walk to lead off the top of the first inning. Timo Perez singled and Mike Piazza hit a double to drive home Alomar. Mo Vaughn grounded out to first baseman Travis Lee to score Perez and send Piazza to third base. Edgardo Alfonzo followed with a sacrifice fly that plated Piazza for the Mets’ third run of the inning. Phillies’ starter Terry Adams then retired Jeromy Burnitz on a ground ball to Lee for the third out.
Ricky Ledee singled against the Mets’ Pedro Astacio to open the bottom of the first. Jimmie Rollins flied out to center fielder Perez and a fly ball by Bobby Abreu was caught by left fielder Roger Cedeno. Pat Burrell hit a single on which Ledee advanced to third base. Scott Rolen doubled to score Ledee and Burrell, cutting the Mets’ lead to 3-2. Astacio then got Lee to ground out to second baseman Alomar and finish off the inning.
Astacio got a two-out single in the top of the second. Alomar followed with a double that scored Astacio and moved to third base on a throw to the plate. Perez singled to bring home Alomar and lengthen the New York lead to 5-2. Piazza hit a single and Adams struck out Vaughn to end the inning. The Phils had the bases loaded with two outs in the bottom half. Astacio then retired Abreu on a fly ball to Perez for the inning’s final out.
Adams set down the side in order in the top of the third. Burrell hit a home run to begin the bottom half. Rolen flied out to right fielder Burnitz and back-to-back singles by Lee and Mike Lieberthal ensued. Marlon Anderson hit a single on which Burnitz threw to catcher Piazza for an out at home on Lee. Adams flied out to Cedeno to end the inning and pitched a scoreless top of the fourth. Astacio then shut down the Phillies in the bottom half.
Alfonzo singled with two outs in the top of the fifth inning. Burnitz hit a double that plated Alfonzo for a 6-3 Mets lead. Adams retired Cedeno on a line drive to left fielder Burrell for the inning’s final out and Astacio hurled a scoreless bottom half. Philadelphia reliever Rheal Cormier retired all three batters in the top of the sixth. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Ledee homered for the Phillies’ fourth run. Astacio then got Rollins and Abreu on consecutive outfield fly balls to close out the inning.
Phils’ reliever Dave Coggin gave up just a single to Vaughn in the top of the seventh. Rolen drew a one-out walk against the Mets’ Scott Strickland in the bottom half. Strickland retired Lee on a grounder to first baseman Vaughn and struck out Lieberthal to end the inning. With one out in the top of the eighth, Cedeno singled and stole second base. Coggins got Rey Ordonez and pinch-hitter Tony Tarasco on consecutive infield grounders for the inning’s final outs. Mets’ reliever Mark Guthrie then hurled a scoreless bottom half.
Perez singled against Philadelphia reliever Jose Santiago with one out in the top of the ninth inning. Piazza was hit by a pitch and Vaughn singled to drive home Perez. Alfonzo drew a walk that loaded the bases. Burnitz followed with a single to drive home Piazza and pinch-runner Joe McEwing. Cedeno hit a force play ground ball to second baseman Anderson on which Alfonzo moved to third. Ordonez singled to score Alfonzo with the Mets’ tenth run of the game. Pinch-hitter John Valentin doubled against the Phillies’ Doug Nickle to plate Cedeno and Ordonez for a 12-4 New York lead. Nickle then retired Alomar on a grounder to Lee that ended the inning.
Abreu drew a walk against Mets’ reliever Tyler Walker (making his major league debut) to lead off the bottom of the ninth. Burrell popped out to shortstop Ordonez and a two-run homer by Rolen followed. Lee was retired on a foul pop-up to third baseman Alfonzo. Walker then got Lieberthal to fly out to Perez and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory with a solid display of hitting.