May 2, 2003: Fifteen Hits Romp Brewers

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Date: May 2, 2003
Mets starter: Tom Glavine
Mets: 9
Brewers: 3
Winning pitcher: Tom Glavine
Key player(s): Tom Glavine, Cliff Floyd, Ty Wigginton
Key play: Floyd’s home run, Wigginton’s two-run double

The Mets faced the Brewers on a Friday night in Milwaukee. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. The Mets collected a total of fifteen hits in a 9-3 win.

Roberto Alomar reached on an error by third baseman Wes Helms to lead off the top of the first inning. Raul Gonzalez singled to advance Alomar to third base. Mike Piazza hit a double to bring home Alomar with the game’s first run. Brewers’ starter Glendon Rusch retired the next three batters to end the inning. For the Mets, Tom Glavine pitched a perfect bottom half.

Tsuyoshi Shinjo singled to open the top of the second. Rey Sanchez reached on second baseman Eric Young’s error and Glavine popped out to Helms. Alomar hit a single to drive home Shinjo for a 2-0 Mets lead. Rusch got Gonzalez on a ground ball to Young for an inning-ending double play. Glavine then retired all three Milwaukee batters in the bottom half.

Piazza drew a leadoff walk in the top of the third. Cliff Floyd hit a two-run homer and Ty Wigginton followed with a double to left field. Mo Vaughn grounded out to Young and a pop-up by Shinjo was caught by first baseman Richie Sexson. Rey Sanchez was given an intentional walk and Glavine reached on an error by Young that allowed Wigginton to score and extend the Mets’ lead to 5-0. Rusch struck out Alomar to finish off the inning. Glavine then shut down the Brewers in the bottom half.

Floyd walked with two outs in the top of the fourth. Wigginton got an infield single and Vaughn drew a walk to load the bases. Rusch retired Shinjo on a fly ball to left fielder Geoff Jenkins that ended the inning and Glavine set down the side in order in the bottom half. Milwaukee reliever Brooks Kieschnick hurled a perfect top of the fifth. Glavine then gave up only a single to Keith Osik in the bottom of the inning.

Gonzalez and Piazza got back-to-back singles to begin the top of the sixth. Floyd went down on strikes and Wigginton doubled to score Gonzalez and Piazza. Ty moved to third base on Vaughn’s ground out to Young and came home on Shinjo’s single for an 8-0 Mets lead. Kieschnick retired Rey Sanchez on an inning-ending line drive to center fielder Alex Sanchez. With two outs in the bottom half, Young homered for the Brewers’ first run of the game. Glavine then got Sexson on a grounder to second baseman Alomar to close out the inning.

Milwaukee reliever Leo Estrella yielded just a single to Alomar in the top of the seventh. Jenkins singled to lead off the bottom half. Brady Clark hit a double on which Jenkins was out at home via a relay throw from shortstop Rey Sanchez to catcher Piazza. Helms slugged a two-run homer and Osik singled to center field. Enrique Cruz lined out to Glavine, who then threw to first baseman Tony Clark for an out on Osik to complete an inning-ending double play.

Floyd doubled against Brewers’ reliever Curt Leskanic to begin the top of the eighth. Wigginton got an infield single to send pinch-runner Timo Perez to third base. Tony Clark followed with a double play grounder to shortstop Cruz on which Perez came home with the Mets’ ninth run. Leskanic retired Shinjo on a ground ball to Helms that ended the inning and Mets’ reliever Mike Stanton set down the side in order in the bottom half. Milwaukee’s Mike DeJean then surrendered only a single to Rey Sanchez (the Mets’ fifteenth hit) in the top of the ninth.

Sexson was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Gonzalez to open the bottom of the ninth. Jenkins grounded out to third baseman Wigginton. Stanton then got Brady Clark to line out to left fielder Perez and end the game. The Mets had a solid series-opening victory.