July 21, 2005: Mets Rout Padres for Sweep

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Date: July 21, 2005
Mets starter: Kazuhisa Ishii
Mets: 12
Padres: 0
Winning pitcher: Kazuhisa Ishii
Key player(s): Doug Mientkiewicz, Ramon Castro, Jose Reyes
Key play: Mets' 11 runs in 5th & 6th innings

The Mets faced the Padres on a Thursday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played a two-hour and 40-minute game to cap off a three-game series. On the strength of 11 runs in the fifth and sixth innings, the Mets came away with a 12-0 victory for a sweep of San Diego.

Kazuhisa Ishii and the Padres' Jake Peavy each pitched two scoreless innings to start the game. In the top of the third, Peavy and Eric Young led off with back-to-back singles. Ishii fielded Mark Loretta's ensuing bunt and threw to third base to begin a double play. After walking Brian Giles, Ishii retired Phil Nevin on a fly ball to left fielder Cliff Floyd for the third out. The Mets then took a 1-0 led on a home run by Doug Mientkiewicz in the bottom of the inning.

Ishii faced the minimum six batters in the fourth and fifth innings. In the bottom of the fifth, Mientkiewicz walked with one out and Ramon Castro hit a two-run homer. Ishii drew a walk and went to third on a single by Jose Reyes. With Mike Cameron at bat, catcher Robert Fick made an errant throw to second on Reyes' steal attempt that allowed Ishii to score and Jose to reach third. Cameron followed with a double that brought home Reyes for a 5-0 Mets lead. Peavy then retired the next two hitters to end the inning.

In the top of the sixth, Ishii shut down San Diego after a leadoff walk and a single. David Wright and Marlon Anderson began the bottom of the inning with back-to-back singles. Mientkiewicz singled off Padres' reliever Paul Quantrill to bring home Wright. Castro walked to load the bases and Jose Offerman flied out. Reyes hit a single to plate Anderson and Mientkiewicz for two more Met runs. A single by Cameron reloaded the bases and Carlos Beltran's sacrifice fly scored Castro with the Mets' ninth run of the game. Floyd then singled to score Reyes and make the score 10-0.

Batting for the second time in the inning, Wright doubled to bring home Cameron and pinch-runner Gerald Williams. Quantrill fanned Anderson for the final out with the Mets ahead by twelve runs. Reliever Dae-Sung Koo set down the Padres 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh inning. The Mets were then retired in order by Quantrill in the bottom half.

Heath Bell pitched a perfect top of the eighth inning for the Mets. San Diego's Trevor Hoffman did the same in the bottom half. In the ninth, reliever Danny Graves held the Padres without a run to end the game. The Mets had completed a sweep of the three-game series with a rout.