May 17, 2003: Floyd's Homer Leads to Victory

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Date: May 17, 2003
Mets starter: Steve Trachsel
Mets: 5
Giants: 1
Winning pitcher: Steve Trachsel
Key player(s): Cliff Floyd, Steve Trachsel
Key play: Floyd’s two-run homer

The Mets faced the Giants on a Saturday afternoon in San Francisco. The teams played the second game of a weekend series. Cliff Floyd hit a two-run homer to put the Mets ahead to stay in a 5-1 victory.

Following a scoreless first inning, Giants’ starter Damian Moss walked Ty Wigginton to open the top of the second. An error by center fielder Marquis Grissom allowed Vance Wilson to reach second base. Moss retired Tsuyoshi Shinjo on a pop-up to shortstop Rich Aurelia and a ground out by Joe McEwing drove home Wigginton with the first run of the game. Moss got Steve Trachsel on a grounder to second baseman Neifi Perez to end the inning. Mets’ starter Trachsel then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Moss held the Mets to a single by Jason Phillips in a scoreless top of the third. Trachsel gave up singles to Yorvit Torrealba and Perez to begin the bottom of the inning. Moss’s sacrifice bunt advanced the runners to second and third base and a sacrifice fly by Grissom scored Torrealba to tie the game. Aurelia flied out to center fielder Shinjo to end the inning. The Mets failed to score against Moss in the top of the fourth. Trachsel then shut down San Francisco in the bottom half of the inning.

Marco Scutaro singled to lead off the top of the fifth. Moss balked to send Scutaro to second in between strikeouts of Raul Gonzalez and Phillips. Floyd homered to give the Mets a 3-1 lead. Wigginton hit a fly ball to Grissom for the third out. Trachsel pitched a perfect bottom of the inning and Moss shut down the Mets in the top of the sixth. The Giants had runners at second and third base with two outs in the bottom half. Trachsel then retired Edgardo Alfonzo on an inning-ending pop-up to first baseman Phillips.

Trachsel and San Francisco’s Jim Brower each hurled scoreless and hitless ball in the seventh and eighth innings. To start the top of the ninth, Shinjo got a bunt single off Giants’ reliever Scott Eyre. McEwing got a bunt single on which Eyre made an error to advance the runners to second and third. Pinch-hitter Tony Clark walked to load the bases and a sacrifice by Roberto Alomar off reliever Joe Nathan brought home Shinjo. Gonzalez was called out on strikes and Phillips singled to score McEwing with the Mets’ fifth run. Nathan then threw a called third strike past Roger Cedeno to end the inning.

Aurelia doubled off Mets’ reliever Armando Benitez to start the bottom of the ninth. Barry Bonds grounded out to first baseman Clark and a strikeout of Alfonzo ensued. Benitez then retired Jose Cruz, Jr. on a grounder to Clark for the final out of the game. The Mets had triumphed to stop a four-game losing streak.