July 21, 2004: David Wright's MLB Debut
|Date: July 21, 2004|
|Mets starter: Jae Seo|
|Winning pitcher: Orber Moreno|
|Key player(s): Richard Hidalgo,David Wright|
|Key play: Nick Johnson's 8th inning error|
The Mets were looking to become a .500 team as they faced the Expos at Shea Stadium. It was the major league debut for David Wright, who was in the Mets' starting lineup at third base. The Mets emerged with a 5-4 win on an unearned run in the eighth inning, bringing their record to 47-47 on the season.
Wright's first major league play came in the first inning. He fielded a ground ball hit by Jose Vidro for the final out of the first inning. In the second, David popped out to Montreal catcher Brian Schneider in his first at bat.
In the bottom of the third, the Mets scored against Expos' starter John Patterson. Ty Wigginton and Cliff Floyd both drew one-out walks and Richard Hidalgo came to bat. Hidalgo hit a home run to give the Mets a 3-0 lead. The Mets added a run in the fourth when Jae Seo doubled and later scored on a single by Kazuo Matsui.
After Seo pitched four shutout innings, Brad Wilkerson led off the top of the fifth with a home run. Seo also allowed a single to Tony Batista, but retired the side with no further scoring. Jae then got the Expos out in order in the sixth.
Pinch-hitter Henry Mateo and Wilkerson led off the seventh with singles for Montreal. Mike Stanton came in to relieve Seo and was greeted by Endy Chavez with a three-run homer to tie the game, 4-4. Stanton then struck out Vidro and got two force plays grounders to finish the inning.
Orber Moreno relieved Stanton in the eighth and got Juan Rivera to hit into an inning-ending double play. In the bottom half, Wigginton walked with two out and moved to second on reliever Luis Ayala's wild pitch. Todd Zeile then reached on an error by Expos' first baseman Nick Johnson that allowed Wigginton to score, giving the Mets the lead.
Braden Looper took the mound for the Mets in the ninth. After allowing one-out singles to Chavez and Vidro, Looper got Batista to hit a ground ball to shortstop Matsui for a game-ending double play. The Mets had a victory that brought them to the .500 mark and Looper had his 20th save of the season.
- Wright ended the game hitless in four at bats. In the field, he had three assists and one putout.