June 15, 2003: Trachsel One-Hits Angels

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Date: June 15, 2003
Mets starter: Steve Trachsel
Mets: 8
Angels: 0
Winning pitcher: Steve Trachsel
Key player(s): Steve Trachsel, Jose Reyes, Jeromy Burnitz
Key play: Reyes' grand slam, Burnitz's home runs

The Mets concluded a three-game series against the Angels on a Sunday afternoon in Anaheim. Steve Trachsel pitched a complete game shutout and allowed only one hit. The Mets rolled to an 8-0 victory.

Trachsel walked three batters over the first two innings. David Eckstein and Tim Salmon drew free passes in the bottom of the first and Brad Fullmer got four balls in the second. Still, the Angels failed to score when Trachsel got double play grounders to end each inning. Meanwhile, the Mets grabbed a 4-0 lead on Jose Reyes' grand slam off Anaheim starter Jarrod Washburn in the top of the second.

Jeromy Burnitz homered in the fourth inning to give the Mets another run. In the sixth, Jason Phillips walked and Burnitz hit his second home run to make it a 7-0 lead for the Mets. Following a single by Vance Wilson, Washburn was replaced by reliever Ben Weber.

Eckstein got a two-out single in the bottom of the sixth. It was the first hit of the game for the Angels, ending a string of 12 consecutive batters retired by Trachsel. Eckstein went all the way to third base on an error after the hit, but was left stranded when Trachsel got Jeff DaVanon to pop out to first baseman Phillips.

Burnitz scored on Reyes' ground out in the eighth inning for the Mets' eighth run of the game. Trachsel then retired the Angels in order in each of the last two innings on five fly balls and a grounder. The Mets had their second win of the series over the defending world champions on Steve's one-hitter.