June 29, 2004: Floyd and Wigginton Slug Reds

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Date: June 29, 2004
Mets starter: Jae Seo
Mets: 7
Reds: 5
Winning pitcher: Jae Seo
Key player(s): Cliff Floyd, Ty Wigginton
Key play: Floyd’s and Wigginton’s home runs

The Mets faced the Reds on a Tuesday night in Cincinnati. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. Cliff Floyd and Ty Wigginton combined for three homers and six runs batted to lead the Mets to a 7-5 win.

Following a scoreless first inning, Floyd was hit by a pitch to begin the top of the second. Richard Hidalgo went down on strikes and Wigginton was retired via a grounder on which catcher Jason LaRue threw to first baseman Adam Dunn for the second out. Mike Cameron singled to drive home Floyd from second base for the first run of the game. Reds’ starter Todd Van Poppel then got Jason Phillips on an inning-ending force play ground ball to third baseman Juan Castro.

D’Angelo Jimenez doubled to lead off the bottom of the second inning. Larue drew a walk and Wily Mo Pena hit a single to score Jimenez with the tying run. Castro grounded back to Mets’ starter Jae Seo for a double play as LaRue advanced to third base. Seo retired Van Poppel on a grounder to catcher Phillips for the third out. Van Poppel set down the Mets in order in the top of the third inning. Seo then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Mike Piazza grounded out to shortstop Barry Larkin to open the top of the fourth. Floyd followed with a home run to give the Mets a 2-1 lead. Van Poppel fanned Hidalgo and got Wigginton on a grounder to Larkin to end the inning. Seo shut down the Reds in the bottom half and Van Poppel retired the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the fifth. In the bottom of the inning, Castro got a leadoff double and moved to third base on Van Poppel’s ensuing sacrifice bunt. Ryan Freel drew a walk and Jermaine Clark hit a grounder on which first baseman Piazza threw to Phillips for an out at home on Castro. Seo then got Larkin on a force play ground ball to Matsui to close out the inning.

Matsui got a one-out double in the top of the sixth. Piazza drew a walk and Floyd hit a three-run homer for his second round-tripper of the game. Hidalgo singled and Wigginton followed with a home run to extend the Mets’ lead to 7-1. Cameron drew a walk and Cincinnati reliever Phil Norton got Phillips on a double play grounder to second baseman Jimenez to end the inning. Seo then retired all three Reds batters in the bottom half.

Norton shut down the Mets in the top of the seventh inning. Castro singled with one out in the bottom half. Pinch-hitter Brandon Larson hit a two-run homer and Freel followed with an infield single. Mets’ reliever Ricky Bottalico came on to pitch and struck out Clark. An ensuing double by Larkin plated Freel to reduce the Mets’ lead to 7-4. Bottalico was relieved on the mound by John Franco, who issued a walk to Dunn. Franco then got Jimenez on an inning-ending force play grounder to second baseman Jose Reyes.

Cincinnati’s Gabe White pitched a perfect top of the eighth inning. For the Mets, Jose Parra retired the side in order in the bottom half. Reds’ reliever John Riedling set down all three hitters in the top of the ninth and pinch-hitter Jacob Cruz singled against the Mets’ Braden Looper to lead off the bottom of the inning. Freel got a bunt single and pinch-hitter Ken Griffey, Jr. singled to load the bases. Larkin hit a double play ground ball to Reyes on which Cruz scored. Looper then retired Dunn on a grounder to Reyes to end the game. The Mets had a victory to start the series in Cincinnati.