May 25, 2004: Trachsel Leads Shutout of Phils

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Date: May 25, 2004
Mets starter: Steve Trachsel
Mets: 5
Phillies: 0
Winning pitcher: Steve Trachsel
Key player(s): Steve Trachsel, Mike Piazza, Cliff Floyd
Key play: Piazza’s single and homer, Floyd’s double

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played in front of 29,385 fans on hand. Steve Trachsel and two relievers teamed up for a shutout in a 5-0 Mets win over Philadelphia.

After two scoreless innings, Trachsel gave up only a single to Marlon Byrd in the top of the third. Danny Garcia drew a walk against Phils’ starter Eric Milton with two outs in the bottom half. Cliff Floyd hit a single and Mike Piazza singled to drive home Garcia. Shane Spencer followed with a single that scored Floyd for a 2-0 Mets lead. Milton then got Jason Phillips on a force play ground ball to third baseman David Bell for the inning’s third out.

Trachsel and Milton each pitched scoreless fourth and fifth innings. Steve set down the side in order in the top of the sixth and Piazza homered to lead off the bottom half. Spencer hit a single and Milton retired the next three Mets batters on fly balls to center fielder Byrd to close out the inning. Bell singled against Trachsel with one out in the top of the seventh. Chase Utley drew a walk and pinch-hitter Jason Michaels popped out to second baseman Garcia. Byrd reached on an error by third baseman Ty Wigginton to load the bases. Mets’ reliever Mike Stanton then struck out Jimmie Rollins to finish off the inning.

Kazuo Matsui drew a one-out walk against Philadelphia reliever Amaury Telemaco in the bottom of the seventh. Matsui stole second base and Garcia drew a walk. Floyd doubled off the Phils’ Rheal Cormier to drive home Matsui and Garcia with the Mets’ fourth and fifth runs of the game. Piazza was walked intentionally and Spencer hit a force play grounder to shortstop Rollins. Cormier then retired Phillips on a ground ball to Bell that ended the inning.

Stanton surrendered just a walk to Pat Burrell in the top of the eighth. Phillies’ reliever Elizardo Ramirez (in his major league debut) pitched a perfect bottom half. New York’s John Franco threw a called third strike past Bell to open the top of the ninth. Utley lined out to left fielder Floyd and a walk to pinch-hitter Todd Pratt ensued. Franco then got Byrd to fly out to right fielder Spencer and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a shutout victory comprised of three pitchers.