May 14, 2002: Astacio Hurls Two-Hit Shutout

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Date: May 14, 2002
Mets starter: Pedro Astacio
Mets: 3
Dodgers: 0
Winning pitcher: Pedro Astacio
Key player(s): Pedro Astacio, Edgardo Alfonzo, Roger Cedeno
Key play: Alfonzo’s single, Cedeno’s home run

The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Tuesday night in Los Angeles. The teams played the second of three games in a series. Pedro Astacio pitched a two-hit shutout in a 3-0 Mets win.

Timo Perez singled against Dodgers’ starter Andy Ashby with one out in the top of the first inning. Roberto Alomar reached second base on an error by Ashby that allowed Perez to score the first run of the game. Mo Vaughn was retired on a pop-up to second baseman Mark Grudzielanek. With Edgardo Alfonzo at bat, Alomar was caught off base. Ashby made a throw to third baseman Adrian Beltre for an out on Alomar to end the inning. Astacio then surrendered only a walk to Shawn Green in the bottom half.

After scoreless second and third innings, Alomar hit a leadoff single in the top of the fourth. Roberto advanced to third base on Vaughn’s single and scored on a single by Alfonzo for a 2-0 Mets lead. Jeromy Burnitz was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Green. Vance Wilson was hit by a pitch and Rey Ordonez lined out to shortstop Cesar Izturis. Ashby got Astacio to fly out to center fielder Hiram Bocachica and finish off the inning. Pedro then yielded only a double to Bocachica in the bottom half.

Ashby set down the Mets in order in the top of the fifth. Astacio hurled a perfect bottom of the inning and Alfonzo drew a one-out walk in the top of the sixth. Burnitz hit a single and Wilson’s ground out to Beltre moved the runners to second and third base. Ordonez was walked intentionally to load the bases and Ashby fanned Astacio for the inning’s third out. Izturis singled with one out in the bottom half. With Bocachica at the plate, Izturis was caught stealing on catcher Wilson’s throw to second baseman Alomar. Astacio then struck out Bocachica to end the inning.

Los Angeles reliever Paul Quantrill yielded just a single to Perez in the top of the seventh. Astacio shut down the Dodgers in the bottom half and Vaughn doubled to open the top of the eighth. Alfonzo grounded out to Grudzielanek and an intentional walk to Burnitz followed. Wilson hit a ground ball on which Grudzielanek threw to catcher Chad Kreuter for an out at home on Vaughn. Quantrill got Ordonez to hit a force play grounder to Grudzielanek that closed out the inning. Astacio then retired all three batters in the bottom half.

With one out in the top of the ninth, Roger Cedeno homered against Dodgers’ reliever Eric Gagne for the Mets’ third run. Perez grounded out to Gagne and a fly ball by Alomar was caught by Bocachica to end the inning. Astacio threw a called third strike past pinch-hitter Jeff Reboulet to begin the bottom half. Izturis was also called out on strikes. Pedro then fanned Bocachica to bring the game to an end. The Mets had a shutout victory on Astacio’s two-hitter.