June 1, 2004: Zeile and Wilson Lead Mets Past Phils

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Date: June 1, 2004
Mets starter: Al Leiter
Mets: 4
Phillies: 1
Winning pitcher: Ricky Bottalico
Key player(s): Todd Zeile, Vance Wilson
Key play: Zeile’s homer and RBI single, Wilson’s home run

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Tuesday night in Philadelphia. The teams played the second of three games in a series. Todd Zeile and Vance Wilson drove in all the Mets’ runs in the team’s 4-1 win in 10 innings.

Al Leiter and the Phils’ Kevin Millwood each pitched scoreless ball from the first inning to the fifth. Millwood shut down the Mets again in the top of the sixth and New York’s David Weathers yielded only a single to Jim Thome in the bottom half. The Mets came up empty against Millwood one more time in the top of the seventh and pinch-hitter Ricky Ledee singled with one out in the bottom of the inning. Ledee advanced to second base on a balk and to third on Jimmie Rollins’ ground out to first baseman Mike Piazza. Doug Glanville hit a single that scored Ledee for a 1-0 Phillies lead. Weathers then retired Jason Michaels on a grounder to Piazza for the third out of the inning.

Leading off the top of the eighth, Zeile homered against Philadelphia reliever Rheal Cormier to tie the game. Cormier set down the next three batters to close out the inning and the Mets’ Mike Stanton struck out Thome to open the bottom half. New York reliever Ricky Bottalico fanned Pat Burrell and a single by David Bell ensued. Bottalico threw a called third strike past Todd Pratt to finish off the inning and the Phils’ Tim Worrell gave up just a single to Eric Valent in the top of the ninth. With one out in the bottom half, Tomas Perez drew a walk and Rollins singled to right field. Bottalico then got pinch-hitter Bobby Abreu to fly out to center fielder Mike Cameron and threw a called third strike past Michaels to end the inning.

Kazuo Matsui hit a leadoff single in the top of the 10th. Matsui stole second base and came home on Zeile’s single for a 2-1 Mets lead. Cliff Floyd went down on strikes and Wilson came up to pinch-hit for Bottalico. Vance slugged a homer to increase the Mets’ lead to three runs. Worrell then struck out Jason Phillips and retired Valent on a ground ball to second baseman Chase Utley for the inning’s final out.

Thome singled against Mets’ reliever Braden Looper to begin the bottom of the 10th. A wild pitch advanced Thome to second base and Burrell grounded out to third baseman Zeile. Pinch-hitter Mike Lieberthal was retired on a line drive to Cameron. Looper then struck out Pratt to end the game. The Mets had an extra-inning victory.