July 7, 2004: Mets Romp Phillies

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Date: July 7, 2004
Mets starter: Steve Trachsel
Mets: 10
Phillies: 1
Winning pitcher: Steve Trachsel
Key player(s): Cliff Floyd, Mike Cameron, Steve Trachsel
Key play: Mets’ three home runs in 2nd

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Wednesday night in Philadelphia. The teams played the third of four games in a series at Citizens Bank Park. Every member of the Mets’ starting lineup had at least one hit in a 10-1 win over the Phils.

After a scoreless first inning, Cliff Floyd homered against Phillies’ starter Brett Myers to lead off the top of the second. Richard Hidalgo lined out to center fielder Jason Michaels and a home run by Ty Wigginton ensued. Jason Phillips was retired on a ground ball to second baseman Placido Polanco. Mike Cameron followed with the Mets’ third solo homer of the inning. Myers got Steve Trachsel on a pop-up to Polanco to end the inning. Trachsel then shut down the Phils in the bottom half.

To begin the top of the third, Jose Reyes singled and advanced to third base on a single by Kazuo Matsui. Mike Piazza was called out on strikes and Floyd hit a force play grounder to Polanco to drive home Reyes with the Mets’ fourth run of the game. Floyd stole second and Hidalgo popped out to Polanco to end the inning. Michaels got a bunt single to open the bottom half. Myers’ sacrifice bunt moved Michaels to second and Jimmie Rollins lined out to second baseman Reyes. Polanco followed with a single on which right fielder Hidalgo threw to catcher Phillips for an out at home on Polanco that finished off the inning.

Phillips got a one-out single against Myers in the top of the fourth. Cameron was hit by a pitch and Trachsel singled to score Phillips. Reyes got an infield single to load the bases and Matsui singled to bring home Cameron for a 6-0 Mets lead. Philadelphia reliever Geoff Geary got Piazza to hit a ground ball on which third baseman David Bell threw to catcher Mike Lieberthal for an out at home on Trachsel. Geary retired Floyd on a grounder to Polanco that closed out the inning. Trachsel then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Hidalgo got a leadoff single against Geary in the top of the fifth. Wigginton tripled to score Hidalgo and came home on a double by Phillips. Cameron followed with his second home run of the game to increase the Mets’ lead to 10-0. Trachsel grounded out to Polanco and a line drive by Reyes was caught by left fielder Pat Burrell. Matsui doubled and went to third base on Phils’ reliever Brian Powell’s wild pitch. Powell struck out Piazza to end the inning. Trachsel then gave up just a single to Michaels in the bottom half.

Powell held the Mets to a single by Floyd in the top of the sixth. Trachsel set down all three Phillies batters in the bottom of the inning and Powell hurled a perfect top of the seventh. Leading off the bottom half, Burrell homered for the Phils’ first run of the game. Bell grounded out to third baseman Wigginton and a pop-up by Powell was caught by Reyes. Trachsel then retired Michaels on a fly ball to left fielder Floyd for the third out of the inning.

Pinch-hitter Eric Valent singled to lead off the top of the eighth. Joe McEwing got an infield single and pinch-hitter Shane Spencer was struck out. Powell got Hidalgo on a double play ground ball to Bell that ended the inning and Mets’ reliever Orber Moreno fanned Todd Pratt to begin the bottom half. Moreno struck out Rollins and retired Polanco on a grounder back to the mound for the inning’s final out. Powell then surrendered only a single to Phillips in the top of the ninth.

Mets’ reliever Jose Parra got Bobby Abreu on a ground ball to Reyes to start the bottom of the ninth inning. Shawn Wooten got an infield single and Burrell flied out to center fielder Cameron. Parra then retired Tomas Perez on a pop-up to Reyes that brought the game to an end. The Mets had a runaway victory.