June 11, 2006: Mets Rattle Snakes for Sweep

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Date: June 11, 2006
Mets starter: Pedro Martinez
Mets: 15
Diamondbacks: 2
Winning pitcher: Pedro Martinez
Key player(s): Carlos Beltran, Chris Woodward, Carlos Delgado, Lastings Milledge
Key play: Mets’ doubles, Milledge’s triple

The Mets faced the Diamondbacks on a Sunday afternoon in Arizona. The teams played the finale of a four-game series. The Mets completed a series sweep with a 15-2 win.

Jose Reyes drew a walk against Snakes’ starter Russ Ortiz to lead off the top of the first inning. Reyes stole second base and advanced to third on Endy Chavez’s bunt single. Carlos Beltran reached on second baseman Orlando Hudson’s error to drive home Reyes with the first run of the game. Carlos Delgado was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Shawn Green. On a third strike to David Wright, Beltran stole second. Chris Woodward followed with a double that scored Chavez and Beltran for a 3-0 Mets lead. Ramon Castro lined out to Ortiz to end the inning. Mets’ starter Pedro Martinez then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Martinez and Ortiz each hurled scoreless second and third innings. Reyes drew a one-out walk against Ortiz in the top of the fourth. Jose stole second base and Chavez walked. Beltran hit a double to drive home both Reyes and Chavez and came around to score on a double by Delgado. Wright doubled to plate Delgado and increase the Mets’ lead to 7-0. Arizona reliever Kevin Jarvis struck out Woodward and issued a walk to Castro. Jarvis got Lastings Milledge to fly out to Shawn Green and finish off the inning. Martinez then set down the D’Backs in order in the bottom half.

Martinez got a leadoff single in the top of the fifth. Reyes flied out to center fielder Jeff DaVanon and a double by Chavez followed. Beltran singled to drive home Martinez. Delgado doubled to score both Chavez and Beltran for a 10-0 Mets lead. Wright was retired on a fly ball to Shawn Green. On a walk to Woodward, Delgado moved to third base via a wild pitch. Castro hit a single to bring home Delgado. Milledge followed with a triple that brought home Woodward and Castro, expanding the New York lead to 13-0. Jarvis got Martinez on a fly ball to Shawn Green that ended the inning and Johnny Estrada homered for the Diamondbacks’ first run to begin the bottom half. Hudson grounded out to second baseman Woodward and a line drive by pinch-hitter Damion Easley was caught by third baseman Wright. Craig Counsell hit a single to center field. Martinez then retired DaVanon on a fly ball to left fielder Milledge to close out the inning.

Arizona reliever Greg Aquino pitched a scoreless top of the sixth. Pinch-hitter Andy Green drew a walk against the Mets’ Darren Oliver to begin the bottom half. Chad Tracy lined out to Milledge and a single by Conor Jackson sent Andy Green to third base. Shawn Green grounded out to Oliver to score Andy Green and reduce the Mets’ lead to 13-2. Oliver then got Estrada on a ground ball to shortstop Reyes for the inning’s third out.

Snakes’ reliever Luis Vizcaino pitched a perfect top of the seventh. Oliver gave up just a single to Hudson in the bottom half and drew a walk against Arizona’s Jose Valverde to open the top of the eighth. Reyes went down on strikes and Chavez drew a walk. Eli Marrero hit a double to drive home Oliver and Chavez with the Mets’ fourteenth and fifteenth runs of the game. Julio Franco singled and pinch-hitter Jose Valentin flied out to left fielder Andy Green. Valverde fanned Woodward to close out the inning. Mets’ reliever Pedro Feliciano then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Diamondbacks’ reliever Jorge Julio set down the side in order in the top of the ninth. New York’s Heath Bell struck out pinch-hitter Tony Clark to start the bottom of the inning. Hudson also went down on strikes. Bell then retired Easley on a ground ball to Reyes to bring the game to an end. The Mets had an easy victory and a sweep of the series.