May 26, 2002: D'Amico Leads Shutout of Fish

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Date: May 26, 2002
Mets starter: Jeff D'Amico
Mets: 3
Marlins: 0
Winning pitcher: Jeff D'Amico
Key player(s): Jeff D'Amico, Mike Piazza, Mo Vaughn
Key play: Piazza’s double, Vaughn’s RBI single

The Mets faced the Marlins on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played in front of 38,781 fans on hand. Jeff D'Amico pitched seven scoreless innings and the Mets defeated Florida, 3-0.

D’Amico held the Fish to a single by Preston Wilson in the top of the first. Roger Cedeno was hit by a pitch to lead off the bottom half. Roberto Alomar singled and a wild pitch advanced the runners to second and third base. Mike Piazza followed with a double to drive home both Cedeno and Alomar. Jeromy Burnitz drew a walk and Joe McEwing’s sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third. Mo Vaughn hit a single to score Piazza and extend the Mets’ lead to three runs. Jay Payton went down on strikes and Rey Ordonez drew a walk. Marlins’ starter A. J. Burnett then threw a called third strike past D’Amico for the third out.

D’Amico hurled a perfect top of the second. Burnett gave up just a single to Piazza in the bottom of the inning and reached on third baseman McEwing’s error with one out in the top of the third. Luis Castillo and Andy Fox were struck out to end the inning and Burnett set down the Mets in order in the bottom half. D’Amico retired all three Florida batters in the top of the fourth and hit a one-out single in the bottom of the inning. Cedeno drew a walk and Alomar lined out to center fielder Wilson. A wild pitch advanced D’Amico to third base and Cedeno to second. Burnett then got Piazza on a ground ball to shortstop Fox to close out the inning.

Eric Owens hit a single to lead off the top of the fifth. On a strikeout of Derrek Lee, Owens stole second base and moved to third via an error by catcher Piazza. Charles Johnson was retired on a pop-up to first baseman Vaughn. Burnett popped out to second baseman Alomar to end the inning and held the Mets to a single by Vaughn in the bottom half. Fox singled with one out in the top of the sixth. Wilson drew a walk and Cliff Floyd popped out to McEwing. D’Amico got Mike Lowell to hit a force play grounder to McEwing for the inning’s final out. Burnett then retired the Mets in order in the bottom half.

D’Amico set down the Fish 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh. Burnett pitched a perfect bottom of the inning and Castillo singled against Mets’ reliever Mark Guthrie with one out in the top of the eighth. Castillo stole second base as Fox was struck out and Guthrie threw a called third strike past Wilson to finish off the inning. Florida’s Hansel Izquierdo retired all three batters in the bottom half and New York’s Scott Strickland got Floyd on a line drive to left fielder Cedeno to start the top of the ninth. Lowell hit a single and Owens grounded out to Alomar. Strickland then retired Lee on a fly ball to right fielder Burnitz for the final out of the game. The Mets had a shutout victory.