May 23, 2002: Johnson's Double in 9th Beats Phillies
|Date: May 23, 2002|
|Mets starter: Steve Trachsel|
|Winning pitcher: Scott Strickland|
|Key player(s): Steve Trachsel, Scott Strickland, Mark Johnson|
|Key play: Johnson's double|
The Mets faced the Phillies on a Thursday afternoon in Philadelphia. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Mark Johnson hit a run-scoring double in the ninth inning to give the Mets a 1-0 win.
Steve Trachsel and the Phils' Brandon Duckworth each started the game with six scoreless innings pitched. Trachsel yielded three hits and recorded four strikeouts while the Mets left a total of six runners on base in their scoring opportunities. Duckworth surrendered just a walk to pinch-hitter Jeromy Burnitz in the top of the seventh. Mets' reliever Scott Strickland hurled a perfect bottom half and Mike Piazza drew a one-out walk in the top of the eighth. Piazza advanced to second on Mo Vaughn's ground out to first baseman Travis Lee and to third on Edgardo Alfonzo's single. Duckworth retired Timo Perez on a foul pop-up to catcher Todd Pratt to end the inning. Strickland then gave up only a triple by Jimmy Rollins in the bottom half.
Joe McEwing singled against Philadelphia reliever Jose Mesa with one out in the top of the ninth. Burnitz was hit by a pitch and Johnson came up to pinch-hit for Strickland. Mark delivered a double that drove home McEwing with the first run of the game. Mesa got Roberto Alomar on a fly ball to left fielder Pat Burrell, who then threw to Pratt for an out at home on Burnitz and an inning-ending double play.
Mets' reliever Armando Benitez retired Scott Rolen on a grounder to shortstop Rey Ordonez to start the bottom of the ninth. Bobby Abreu was called out on strikes and Burrell hit a single. With Lee at bat, pinch-runner Doug Glanville stole second base. Benitez then got Lee to ground out to Ordonez and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a shutout victory.
- Johnson's double was the final hit of his seven-season major league career