June 1, 2001: Thirteen Hits Fillet Fish
|Date: June 1, 2001|
|Mets starter: Dicky Gonzalez|
|Winning pitcher: Dicky Gonzalez|
|Key player(s): Tsuyoshi Shinjo, Rey Ordonez, Robin Ventura|
|Key play: Shinjo’s double, Ordonez’s two-run single|
The Mets faced the Marlins on a Friday night in Miami, Florida. The teams played the second of four games in a series. The Mets pounded out thirteen hits in an 11-5 win over the Fish.
Dicky Gonzalez and the Marlins’ Matt Clement each started the game with two scoreless innings pitched. Darryl Hamilton singled to lead off the top of the third. Rey Ordonez got a single to send Hamilton to third base and moved to second on left fielder Cliff Floyd’s error. Dicky Gonzalez grounded out to second baseman Dave Berg. Timo Perez followed with a grounder on which Hamilton got caught in a rundown and was tagged out by shortstop Alex Gonzalez. Desi Relaford drew a walk to load the bases and Mike Piazza walked to force home Ordonez for a 1-0 Mets lead. Clement then retired Robin Ventura on a ground ball to Berg to end the inning.
A single by Alex Gonzalez began the bottom of the third. Alex Gonzalez advanced to second base on Clement’s sacrifice bunt and scored on a double by Berg. John Mabry followed with a two-run homer that put the Marlins ahead, 3-1. Floyd doubled and stole third and Preston Wilson drew a walk. Wilson stole second and Mike Lowell hit a sacrifice fly to plate Floyd with the fourth Florida run. Dicky Gonzalez then got Charles Johnson to ground out to shortstop Ordonez and finish off the inning.
Todd Zeile got a one-out single in the top of the fourth. Zeile moved to second base on catcher Johnson’s passed ball and to third on Hamilton’s ground out to Berg. Ordonez drew a walk and Zeile came home on a wild pitch to cut the Fish lead to 4-2. Clement retired Dicky Gonzalez on an inning-ending fly ball to right fielder Mabry. Dicky then set down the side in order in the bottom half.
Perez drew a walk against Clement to open the top of the fifth. Relaford flied out to Floyd and a single by Piazza ensued. Ventura singled to score Perez and a walk to Lenny Harris loaded the bases. Zeile hit a single against Florida reliever Vladimir Nunez to bring home Piazza with the tying run. Hamilton followed with a sacrifice fly that plated Ventura and put the Mets ahead, 5-4. Nunez got Ordonez to hit a force play grounder to third baseman Lowell for the inning’s final out. Dicky Gonzalez then hurled a perfect bottom half.
Dicky Gonzalez and Perez got back-to-back singles against Nunez to begin the top of the sixth. Relaford drew a walk to load the bases and Piazza popped out to Berg. Against Marlins’ reliever Armando Almanza, Ventura walked to force home Dicky Gonzalez and extend the Mets’ lead to 6-4. Almanza struck out pinch-hitter Tsuyoshi Shinjo and retired Zeile on a pop-up to first baseman Derrek Lee to end the inning. Dicky Gonzalez then set down all three batters in the bottom half.
Almanza recorded two strikeouts in a pitching a perfect top of the seventh. Lee hit a double to lead off the bottom of the inning. Alex Gonzalez followed with a fly out to center fielder Shinjo after which Alex Gonzalez went to third base. Pinch-hitter Kevin Millar grounded out to third baseman Ventura to drive home Alex Gonzalez, trimming the New York lead to 6-5. Dicky Gonzalez then got Berg on a fly ball to right fielder Perez to close out the inning.
Perez and Relaford bunted for consecutive singles against Florida reliever Ricky Bones to open the top of the eighth. A passed ball moved the runners to second and third base before a called third strike was thrown past Piazza. Ventura was walked intentionally to load the bases and Shinjo doubled to drive home Perez and Relaford. Zeile flied out to Floyd and an intentional walk to Hamilton reloaded the bases. Ordonez hit a single that scored both Ventura and Shinjo for a 10-5 Mets lead. Pinch-hitter Darren Bragg singled (the Mets’ thirteenth hit) to bring home Hamilton with the eleventh New York run of the game. The Marlins’ Vic Darensbourg got Perez to line out to Alex Gonzalez and finish off the inning. Mets’ reliever Rick White then pitched a scoreless bottom half.
Darensbourg retired the side 1-2-3 in the top of the ninth. Mets’ reliever Armando Benitez got Johnson on a foul pop-up to third baseman Joe McEwing to start the bottom of the inning. Lee fouled out to first baseman Zeile and a single by Alex Gonzalez ensued. Benitez then threw a called third strike past pinch-hitter Ryan McGuire to end the game. The Mets had a solid victory.