June 20, 2006: Eight Extra-Base Hits Rout Reds

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Date: June 20, 2006
Mets starter: Steve Trachsel
Mets: 9
Reds: 2
Winning pitcher: Steve Trachsel
Key player(s): Steve Trachsel, Paul Lo Duca, Xavier Nady, Carlos Delgado
Key play: Lo Duca’s two doubles, Mets’ four homers

The Mets faced the Reds on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the second match of a four-game series in front of 38,991 fans on hand. The Mets’ offense provided a total of eight extra-base hits in a 9-2 win over Cincinnati.

Mets’ starter Steve Trachsel shut down the Reds in the top of the first inning. Jose Reyes doubled to lead off the bottom half. An ensuing double by Paul Lo Duca scored Reyes with the first run of the game. Cincinnati’s Elizardo Ramirez retired Carlos Beltran on a ground ball to second baseman Brandon Phillips. Carlos Delgado followed with a home run to stretch the Mets’ lead to 3-0. Ramirez then set down the next two batters on infield grounders to end the inning.

Trachsel and Ramirez each pitched two-hit scoreless ball from the second inning to the fourth. Phillips hit a double to open the top of the fifth. Javier Valentin flied out to right fielder Xavier Nady to advance Phillips to third base. A ground out by Ramirez to second baseman Jose Valentin scored Phillips with the Reds’ first run. Trachsel retired Ryan Freel on an inning-ending fly ball to Nady and came to bat with one out in the bottom half. Steve hit a home run for a 4-1 Mets lead. Ramirez then got Reyes and Lo Duca on outfield flies for the final two outs of the inning.

In the sixth, both Trachsel and Ramirez retired the side in order. The Reds loaded the bases with none out against Trachsel in the top of the seventh. Javier Valentin hit a sacrifice fly against Mets’ reliever Duaner Sanchez to bring home Austin Kearns from third base. Sanchez then got pinch-hitter Rich Aurelia on a grounder to third baseman David Wright for a double play that ended the inning.

Cincinnati’s David Weathers issued a walk to Jose Valentin to begin the bottom of the seventh. Nady followed with a two-run homer to extend the Mets’ lead to 6-2. Lastings Milledge singled to right field and Sanchez was hit by a pitch. Reyes grounded out to Phillips to advance the runners to second and third base. Lo Duca hit his second double of the game to score Milledge and Sanchez. Reds’ reliever Kent Mercker then retired Delgado and Wright on outfield flies to close out the inning.

The Mets’ Aaron Heilman pitched a scoreless top of the eighth. Jose Valentin tripled against Cincinnati reliever Todd Coffey to lead off the bottom of the inning. Trying to score on the hit, Jose was out at the plate via a throw by center fielder Ken Griffey, Jr. to catcher Javier Valentin. Nady hit his second homer for the Mets’ eighth extra-base hit and ninth run of the game. Coffey then fanned Milledge and retired pinch-hitter Endy Chavez on a ground ball to shortstop Felipe Lopez for the inning’s final out.

To start the top of the ninth, Mets’ reliever Darren Oliver got Kearns to ground out to Wright. Scott Hatteberg hit a double and moved to third base on Phillips’ ground out to Jose Valentin. Oliver then retired Javier Valentin on a grounder to Wright to finish off the game. The Mets had a solid victory that featured an octet of extra-base hits.