May 18, 2005: Mets Beat Reds for Series Sweep

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Date: May 18, 2005
Mets starter: Tom Glavine
Mets: 10
Reds: 6
Winning pitcher: Tom Glavine
Key player(s): Jose Reyes, Chris Woodward, Mike Cameron, David Wright
Key play: Reyes’ two triples, Mets’ three home runs

The Mets and Reds faced each other on a Wednesday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets completed a sweep of the series with a 10-6 win over Cincinnati.

Tom Glavine and the Reds’ Eric Milton each pitched a scoreless first inning. Adam Dunn led off the top of the second with a triple to right field. Joe Randa lined out to center fielder Mike Cameron and a walk to D'Angelo Jimenez ensued. Glavine got Jason LaRue on a ground ball to shortstop Jose Reyes for an inning-ending double play. With Cliff Floyd on first base and two outs in the bottom half, Chris Woodward hit a home run for a 2-0 Mets lead. Kazuo Matsui followed with a single to right field. Milton then got Glavine to fly out to left fielder Dunn and end the inning.

Glavine pitched a perfect top of the third. Reyes tripled to begin the bottom of the inning. Miguel Cairo popped out to third baseman Randa and an error by second baseman Jimenez of Cameron’s grounder scored Reyes. Mike Piazza doubled to send Cameron to third and Floyd popped out to Randa. Wright reached on Randa’s error that plated Cameron with the Mets’ fourth run. Milton then struck out Woodward to close out the inning.

Sean Casey homered to lead off the top of the fourth. Glavine set down the next three Cincinnati batters and Milton retired the Mets 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning. The Reds loaded the bases with none out in the top of the fifth. Ryan Freel hit a grounder back to the mound on which Glavine threw to catcher Piazza for an out on Jimenez. Mike then threw to first baseman Cairo to complete a double play. Felipe Lopez drew a walk to reload the bases and Casey singled to score LaRue. Ken Griffey, Jr. hit a grounder to Cairo for the third out of the inning. The Mets were then shut down by Milton in the bottom half.

Jimenez and LaRue got back-to-back singles with two outs in the top of the sixth. Milton followed with a single to left field. On the hit, Jimenez was out at the plate (for the second time in the game) on Floyd’s throw to Piazza to bring the inning to an end. With one out in the bottom half, Matsui singled to score Wright from third base. Pinch-hitter Eric Valent reached on Jimenez’s second error and Milton threw a wild pitch to move the runners to second and third. Reyes singled to drive home Matsui and stretch the Mets’ lead to 6-2. Reds’ reliever David Weathers then retired the next two batters to end the inning.

Mets’ reliever Heath Bell walked Freel to open the top of the seventh. Freel stole second and Bell threw a called third strike past Lopez. Casey singled to drive home Freel with the third Cincinnati run. Reliever Dae-Sung Koo walked Griffey and retired Dunn on a called third strike. Mike DeJean then came in to pitch and got Randa for an inning-ending ground ball to second baseman Matsui.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, the Mets loaded the bases with one out against Weathers. Matsui hit a ground ball on which Randa threw to catcher LaRue for an out at home on Piazza. Cincinnati reliever Kent Mercker retired pinch-hitter Carlos Beltran on a grounder back to the mound for the third out. Mets’ reliever Roberto Hernandez then set down the Reds in order in the top of the eighth.

Against Cincinnati’s Danny Graves, Reyes hit his second triple of the game to begin the bottom of the eighth inning. Cairo hit a sacrifice fly to score Jose. Cameron homered to lengthen the Mets’ lead to 8-3. Piazza singled for his fourth hit of the game and Floyd popped out to Randa. Wright slugged a two-run homer and pinch-hitter Marlon Anderson reached second base on an error by Graves. Matsui then hit a line drive to shortstop Lopez for the third out of the inning.

Lopez doubled off Mets’ reliever Manny Aybar with one out in the top of the ninth. Casey singled to bring home Lopez and a two-run homer by Griffey followed. Dunn popped out to third baseman Wright. Aybar then got Randa on a ground ball to Wright that ended the game. The Mets had a sweep of the three-game series.

Notes

  • Reyes’ two triples came from each side of the plate, making him the first Mets player ever to have switch-hitting three-base hits in one game.