May 11, 2003: Mets Win on Wild Pitch in 8th

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Date: May 11, 2003
Mets starter: Pedro Astacio
Mets: 3
Padres: 2
Winning pitcher: Graeme Lloyd
Key player(s): Timo Perez, Graeme Lloyd, Roger Cedeno
Key play: Perez’s RBI single, Cedeno’s triple, Hackman’s wild pitch

The Mets faced the Padres on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets scored a run on a wild pitch in the eighth inning for a 3-2 win over San Diego.

Ramon Vazquez singled against Mets’ starter Pedro Astacio to lead off the top of the first. On his own hit, Vazquez advanced to second base via an error by center fielder Timo Perez. Keith Lockhart hit a single and moved to third on Ryan Klesko’s double that drove home Vazquez. Rondell White followed with a sacrifice fly to score Lockhart for a two-run Padres lead. Astacio retired Mark Kotsay and Sean Burroughs on consecutive infield ground balls for the inning’s final outs. San Diego’s Jake Peavy then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Astacio yielded only a single to Xavier Nady in the top of the second. Leading off the bottom of the inning, Cliff Floyd homered for the Mets’ first run of the game. Tony Clark was retired on a grounder to first baseman Klesko. Perez was hit by a pitch and Roger Cedeno was called out on strikes. Joe McEwing grounded out to second baseman Lockhart to end the inning and Astacio set down the side in order in the top of the third. Roberto Alomar got a one-out single in the bottom half. Jay Bell drew a walk and Mike Piazza popped out to Lockhart. Floyd walked to load the bases. Peavy then struck out Clark to finish off the inning.

The Padres failed to score after loading the bases in the top of the fourth. Peavy hurled a scoreless bottom half and Astacio retired the side 1-2-3 in the top of the fifth. Bell singled to begin the bottom of the inning. Piazza hit a single and consecutive strikeouts of Floyd and Clark ensued. Perez singled to drive home Bell and tie the game at 2-2. With Roger Cedeno at bat, Perez was caught stealing on catcher Mike Rivera’s throw to Lockhart for the third out of the inning.

Despite issuing three walks, Astacio shut down the Padres in the top of the sixth. Pinch-hitter Raul Gonzalez drew a two-out walk in the bottom half. Alomar got a bunt single and Bell popped out to Klesko to end the inning. Mets’ reliever Graeme Lloyd retired all three batters in the top of the seventh. Peavy and San Diego’s Mike Matthews combined for a scoreless bottom half and Lloyd pitched a perfect top of the eighth. Cedeno tripled against Matthews with one out in the bottom of the inning. With McEwing at the plate, Padres’ reliever Luther Hackman threw a wild pitch that scored Cedeno and put the Mets in front by a run. McEwing grounded out to second baseman Mark Loretta and an error by third baseman Lou Merloni allowed pinch-hitter Ty Wigginton to reach base. Hackman then got Alomar to ground out to Klesko and end the inning.

Mets’ reliever Armando Benitez retired Nady on a fly ball to left fielder Floyd to open the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Dave Hansen drew a walk. With Merloni at bat, pinch-runner Shane Victorino stole second base. Merloni walked and Victorino stole third. Vazquez popped out to shortstop McEwing and (with Loretta at the plate) Merloni stole second. Benitez then got Loretta to pop out to catcher Piazza and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a series-closing victory.

Notes

  • The win for Lloyd was his only one as a Met and last of his major league career.