July 21, 2001: Ten Strikeouts Put Away Phillies

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Date: July 21, 2001
Mets starter: Steve Trachsel
Mets: 6
Phillies: 3
Winning pitcher: Steve Trachsel
Key player(s): Steve Trachsel, Rey Ordonez, Mike Piazza
Key play: Ordonez’s home run, Piazza’s double

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Saturday night in Philadelphia. The teams played the second of three games in a weekend series at Veterans Stadium. Steve Trachsel and a pair of relief pitchers compiled ten strikeouts in a 6-3 Mets win over the Phils.

After a scoreless first inning, Philadelphia starter Randy Wolf yielded just a single to Tsuyoshi Shinjo in striking out the side in the top of the second. Trachsel fanned Scott Rolen to begin the bottom half. Travis Lee grounded out to second baseman Edgardo Alfonzo and a home run by Pat Burrell put the Phillies ahead, 1-0. Marlon Anderson then popped out to third baseman Joe McEwing to end the inning.

Rey Ordonez homered to lead off the top of the third. Trachsel flied out to center fielder Doug Glanville and a single by McEwing ensued. Alfonzo singled and Benny Agbayani went down on strikes. Mike Piazza hit a double to drive home McEwing and Alfonzo for a 3-1 Mets lead. Wolf retired Todd Zeile on an inning-ending foul pop-up to first baseman Lee and a double by Gary Bennett opened the bottom half. Bennett advanced to third base on Wolf’s sacrifice bunt and scored the Phils’ second run on Glanville’s sacrifice fly. Trachsel then got Jimmie Rollins to ground out to Alfonzo and end the inning.

Shinjo hit a single to begin the top of the fourth. Wolf retired the next three Mets batters and Bobby Abreu grounded out to shortstop Ordonez to lead off the bottom of the inning. Rolen was struck out and Lee doubled to center field. Trachsel struck out Burrell to finish off the inning and McEwing tripled to open the top of the fifth. Alfonzo lined out to third baseman Rolen and a single by Agbayani scored McEwing. Piazza reached on second baseman Anderson’s error and Zeile hit a grounder to shortstop Rollins for an inning-ending double play. Trachsel then recorded two strikeouts in shutting down the Phillies in the bottom half.

Leading off the top of the sixth inning, Shinjo got his third single of the game. Jay Payton fouled out to Lee and a double play ground ball by Ordonez (to Anderson) closed out the inning. Trachsel struck out Rolen to end a perfect bottom half and Wolf pitched a 1-2-3 top of the seventh. With two outs in the bottom of the inning, Anderson hit a home run to cut the Mets’ lead to 4-3. Trachsel then got Bennett to ground out to third baseman McEwing and end the inning.

Phils’ reliever Jose Santiago pitched a scoreless top of the eighth. For the Mets, John Franco got pinch-hitter Brian Hunter to ground out to third baseman Robin Ventura to open the bottom half. Glanville fanned and was out on catcher Piazza’s throw to first baseman Zeile. Rollins followed with a triple to right field. Franco then retired Abreu on a ground ball to Ventura for the inning’s third out.

Shinjo doubled against Philadelphia’s Wayne Gomes for his fourth hit of the game to lead off the top of the ninth. Payton singled to drive home Shinjo and advanced to second base on left fielder Burrell’s throw to the plate. Ordonez’s sacrifice bunt moved Payton to third and pinch-hitter Desi Relaford drew a walk. Phillies’ reliever Ricky Bottalico hit McEwing with a pitch that loaded the bases and struck out Alfonzo. Ed Vosberg came in to pitch for the Phils and walked Ventura to force home Payton with the Mets’ sixth run. Vosberg then got Piazza to foul out to catcher Bennett and end the inning.

Mets’ reliever Armando Benitez threw a called third strike past Rolen to start the bottom of the ninth. Lee was also called out on strikes. Benitez then fanned Burrell for the Mets’ tenth strikeout to bring the game to an end. The team had a victory with solid pitching.

Notes

  • Ordonez’s home run was the fifth of his career. It was also his first that was not hit in September.