May 2, 2004: Glavine Leads Six-Hitter Over Padres

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Date: May 2, 2004
Mets starter: Tom Glavine
Mets: 6
Padres: 2
Winning pitcher: Tom Glavine
Key player(s): Tom Glavine, Mike Stanton, Shane Spencer, Danny Garcia
Key play: Spencer’s and Glavine’s RBI singles, Danny Garcia’s home run

The Mets faced the Padres on a Sunday afternoon in San Diego. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Tom Glavine and three relievers teamed up for a six-hitter in a 6-2 Mets win.

After a scoreless first inning, Karim Garcia doubled against Padres’ starter Ismael Valdez to lead off the top of the second. Shane Spencer hit a single to drive home Karim Garcia and advanced to third base on a double by Mike Cameron. Vance Wilson followed with a sacrifice fly to score Spencer. Danny Garcia was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Jay Payton, after which Cameron went to third. Glavine singled to bring home Cameron for a 3-0 Mets lead. Valdez then threw a called third strike past Kazuo Matsui to end the inning.

Phil Nevin hit a leadoff double in the bottom of the second. Payton doubled to score Nevin and moved to third base on Brian Buchanan’s ground out to second baseman Danny Garcia. Miguel Ojeda grounded out to Glavine and a walk to Khalil Greene ensued. Valdez was called out on strikes to finish off the inning and Todd Zeile doubled to open the top of the fourth. Mike Piazza reached on right fielder Brian Giles’ error and Karim Garcia grounded out to first baseman Nevin. Spencer hit a single to drive home Zeile and increase the Mets’ lead to 4-1. Cameron was retired on a ground back to Valdez, who then retired Wilson on a pop-up to second baseman Mark Loretta to close out the inning.

Sean Burroughs tripled to begin the bottom of the third. Loretta’s sacrifice fly brought home Burroughs and a double by Giles ensued. Glavine retired both Nevin and Payton on infield ground balls to close out the inning and Danny Garcia walked to lead off the top of the fourth. Glavine reached on a fielder’s choice bunt and Matsui followed with a sacrifice bunt that sent the runners to second and third base. Zeile grounded out to shortstop Greene to plate Danny Garcia for a 5-2 Mets lead. Valdez retired Piazza on a foul pop-up to Nevin for the inning’s third out. Glavine then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Valdez pitched a scoreless top of the fifth. Glavine yielded only a single to Loretta in the bottom of the inning and drew a walk against San Diego reliever Jason Szuminski to lead off the top of the sixth. Matsui reached on Szuminski’s error and a sacrifice bunt by Zeile advanced the runners to second and third base. Piazza was walked intentionally to load the bases and the Padres’ Eddie Oropesa got Karim Garcia to hit a grounder to Loretta for an inning-ending double play. Glavine then retired all three batters in the bottom half.

The Mets failed to score after loading the bases against Oropesa and Padres’ reliever Jay Witasick in the top of the seventh. Ojeda singled against the Mets’ David Weathers for the sixth San Diego hit to begin the bottom of the inning. Weathers got Greene to fly out to right fielder Karim Garcia and New York’s Mike Stanton retired Terrence Long on a ground ball to first baseman Piazza. Burroughs took a called third strike to end the inning and Witasick hurled a scoreless top of the eighth. Stanton then retired the side on three straight outfield fly balls in the bottom half.

With two outs in the top of the ninth, Danny Garcia homered for the Mets’ sixth run of the game. Witasick fanned pinch-hitter Jeff Duncan to close out the inning and New York reliever Braden Looper got Payton on a grounder to shortstop Matsui to start the bottom half. Pinch-hitter Ramon Vazquez was also retired on a ground ball to Matsui. Looper then got Ojeda to ground out to Matsui and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a series-closing victory.