July 4, 2004: Mets Complete Sweep of Yanks
|Date: July 4, 2004|
|Mets starter: Jae Seo|
|Winning pitcher: Orber Moreno|
|Key player(s): Ty Wigginton, Richard Hidalgo|
|Key play: Wigginton's two homers, Hidalgo's homer|
The Mets completed a three-game series with the Yankees on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. After winning the first two games, the Mets looked for a sweep of the Subway Series. Slugging by Ty Wigginton and Richard Hidalgo led to a third straight Mets triumph over the Yanks, 6-5.
The Mets scored three times in the first two innings against Yankee starter Javier Vazquez. Mike Piazza hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Kazuo Matsui in the bottom of the first. Wigginton's two-run homer stretched the Met lead to 3-0 in the second. Bernie Williams' home run off Mets' starter Jae Seo gave the Yanks a run in the top of the third, but the Mets scored again when Hidalgo came home on Jason Phillips' sacrifice fly in the bottom of the inning.
Williams singled home Miguel Cairo for the Yankees' second run in the top of the fifth inning. In the seventh, the Yanks scored twice more off Met relievers Mike Stanton and Ricky Bottalico to tie the game, 4-4. The Mets reclaimed the led on Hidalgo's solo homer off Felix Heredia in the bottom half of the seventh inning.
In the top of the eighth, Hideki Matsui doubled off Orber Moreno to start the inning. Jorge Posada followed with a run-scoring single to retie the game. Moreno then retired the Yanks with two strikeouts and Cairo's batted ball that hit Posada on the bases.
Facing Yankee reliever Tom Gordon, Wigginton led off the bottom of the eighth with his second home run of the game to put the Mets in front again. In the top of the ninth, Braden Looper retired the first two Yankee batters before Gary Sheffield singled. Looper then got Alex Rodriguez to hit a grounder to third baseman Wigginton. Ty threw to Jose Reyes at second for the force on Sheffield to end the game. The Mets had a three-game sweep of the Yankees in the Subway Series.
- This was the fourth stright game in which Hidalgo had a home run. He extended the streak to five games one day later in Philadelphia.