July 5, 2003: Late Eruption Buries Reds

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Date: July 5, 2003
Mets starter: Steve Trachsel
Mets: 6
Reds: 2
Winning pitcher: Steve Trachsel
Key player(s): Steve Trachsel, Jeromy Burnitz, Cliff Floyd, Vance Wilson
Key play: Burnitz’s double, Floyd’s double and homer, Wilson’s two-run single

The Mets faced the Reds on a Saturday night in Cincinnati. The teams played the second of three games in a series. The Mets collected nine hits in the last three innings for a 6-2 win.

Steve Trachsel and the Reds’ Danny Graves each pitched scoreless ball from the first inning to the sixth. Graves hit Jeromy Burnitz with a pitch with two outs in the top of the first and retired the next sixteen Mets batters. Trachsel responded by setting down the first eleven Cincinnati hitters before scattering four hits and a walk in the bottom halves. Only a double by Barry Larkin in the bottom of the sixth gave either side a runner as far as second base.

Jay Bell drew a walk to lead off the top of the seventh. Burnitz doubled to drive home Bell and advanced to third base on a throw. Cliff Floyd hit a double to score Burnitz and moved to third on Ty Wigginton’s bunt single. Jason Phillips was retired on a pop-up to shortstop Larkin. Wigginton stole second and came around to score with Floyd on a single by Vance Wilson for a 4-0 Mets lead. Graves then got Rey Sanchez to hit a double play ground ball to Larkin for the inning’s final outs.

With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Kelly Stinnett hit a solo home run against Mets’ reliever Dan Wheeler. Ray Olmedo singled and pinch-hitter Russell Branyan was retired on an inning-ending grounder to second baseman Bell. Cincinnati’s Scott Sullivan gave up only a double to Timo Perez in the top of the eighth and Larkin singled against Wheeler to open the bottom half. Jose Guillen was struck out as Larkin went to second base on a wild pitch. New York’s Graeme Lloyd retired Adam Dunn on a grounder to first baseman Phillips. The Mets’ David Weathers then got Austin Kearns to ground out to third baseman Wigginton and finish off the inning.

Burnitz doubled against Reds’ reliever Chris Reitsma to open the top of the ninth. Floyd connected for a homer to increase the Mets’ lead to 6-1. Wigginton grounded out to second baseman Olmedo and a single by Phillips followed. Wilson singled and Reitsma got Sanchez on a ground ball to Olmedo for an inning-ending double play. To begin the bottom half, Aaron Boone hit a single and went to second base on defensive indifference. Boone moved to third on catcher Wilson’s passed ball and scored the Reds’ second run on Sean Casey’s ground out to first baseman Bell (who had shifted from second.) Stinnett went down on strikes and Olmedo reached on Bell’s error. Weathers then fanned pinch-hitter Reggie Taylor for the game’s final out. The Mets had come away with a solid victory.