July 2, 2004: Mets Romp Yanks With 14-Hit Attack

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Date: July 2, 2004
Mets starter: Steve Trachsel
Mets: 11
Yankees: 2
Winning pitcher: Steve Trachsel
Key player(s): Kazuo Matsui, Richard Hidalgo
Key play: Matsui’s two homers, Hidalgo’s double and homer

The Mets and Yankees began a Subway Series on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. A crowd of 55,068 was on hand for the initial encounter of the three-game set. The Mets pounded out fourteen hits in an 11-2 rout of their cross-city rivals.

Mets’ starter Steve Trachsel retired the side in order in the top of the first inning. In the bottom half, Mike Piazza got a two-out single against the Yanks’ Mike Mussina. Cliff Floyd reached second base on an error by left fielder Hideki Matsui that allowed Piazza to score. An ensuing double by Richard Hidalgo brought home Floyd with another Mets run. Mussina got Shane Spencer to ground out to second baseman Miguel Cairo and end the inning. Trachsel then shut down the Yankees in the top of the second.

Eric Valent singled with one out in the bottom of the second inning. Trachsel’s sacrifice bunt advanced Valent to second base and Eric moved on to third via an infield single by Jose Reyes. Kazuo Matsui hit a three-run homer to increase the Mets’ lead to 5-0. Piazza drew a walk and went to second on Floyd’s single. Hidalgo followed with a single to left field. After reaching second on the hit, Floyd was caught on a throw by third baseman Alex Rodriguez to Cairo for the final out of the inning.

Trachsel and Mussina each pitched scoreless ball in the third and fourth innings. In the fifth, Trachsel set down the Yankees 1-2-3 and Piazza opened the bottom half with a single to left field. Floyd went down on strikes and Hidalgo homered to extend the Mets lead to seven runs. Mussina then struck out Spencer and retired Ty Wigginton on an inning-ending line drive to Hideki Matsui.

Pinch-hitter Kenny Lofton singled and moved to second base on catcher Piazza’s error to begin the top of the sixth. Trachsel threw a called third strike past Bernie Williams and issued a walk to Derek Jeter. Gary Sheffield reached on a two-base error by third baseman Wigginton that allowed Lofton to score. Rodriguez hit a sacrifice fly to drive home Jeter from third. Hideki Matsui then grounded out to second baseman Reyes to end the inning.

Yanks’ reliever Bret Prinz threw a called third strike past Valent to open the bottom of the sixth. Trachsel singled to center field and Reyes went down on strikes. Kazuo Matsui followed with his second homer of the game for a 9-2 Mets lead. Prinz got Piazza on a line drive to right fielder Sheffield for the third out. Trachsel then held the Yanks to a two-out single by Cairo in a scoreless top of the seventh.

Spencer singled with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Wigginton hit a double to bring home Spencer. An ensuing triple by Valent (the Mets’ fourteenth hit) scored Wigginton with the Mets’ eleventh run of the game. Prinz struck out pinch-hitter Todd Zeile to end the inning. Ruben Sierra got a pinch-hit single against Mets’ reliever Jose Parra with two outs in the top of the eighth. Parra walked Rodriguez and recorded an inning-ending strikeout of Hideki Matsui. Yankees’ reliever Paul Quantrill then pitched a perfect bottom half.

For the Mets, reliever Orber Moreno retired Jorge Posada on a ground ball to Reyes to open the top of the ninth inning. Tony Clark followed with a ground out to Reyes. Moreno then struck out Cairo to end the game. The Mets had a solid win over the Yanks to start the weekend series.