June 17, 2003: The 3-Man One-Hitter
|Date: June 17, 2003|
|Mets starter: Jae Seo|
|Winning pitcher: Jae Seo|
|Key player(s): Jae Seo, Jeromy Burnitz, Ty Wigginton|
|Key play: Burnitz's and Wigginton's home runs|
The Mets and Florida Marlins played each other on a Tuesday night in Miami. Three Mets' pitchers combined to face the minimum 27 batters in a one-hit shutout. Jae Seo, David Weathers and Armando Benitez all held down the Fish as the Mets came away with a 5-0 win.
Seo retired the first thirteen Marlin batters to come to bat against him. Juan Encarnacion singled with one out in the fifth inning to give Florida its first baserunner of the game. With Derek Lee at the plate, Encarnacion was thrown out stealing by Mets' catcher Jason Phillips. Seo then got Derek Lee to fly out to center fielder Timo Perez, ending the inning, and set down the Marlins in order in the sixth.
Jeromy Burnitz homered off Florida's Carl Pavano to give the Mets a 1-0 lead in the top of the seventh. Seo and Weathers then retired the Fish on three straight ground outs in the bottom of the inning. Weathers followed with a perfect eighth inning, getting an infield pop up and two more ground outs.
In the ninth, Ty Wigginton hit a home run for the Mets' second run of the game. After Pavano was replaced by Armando Almanza, Phillips singled with the bases loaded to score Roberto Alomar. The Mets added two more runs against Almanza on Jose Reyes' sacrifice fly to score Cliff Floyd and Roger Cedeno's single that brought home Burnitz.
Benitez concluded the game with a 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth. Armando struck out Andy Fox for the final out of the game. The Mets had an impressive one-hit victory with nearly-perfect pitching.