May 26, 2005: Mets Fillet Fish With 14 Hits
|Date: May 26, 2005|
|Mets starter: Kris Benson|
|Winning pitcher: Kris Benson|
|Key player(s): Kris Benson, Jose Reyes, David Wright, Mike Cameron|
|Key play: Reyes’ two triples, Wright’s single in 5th, Cameron’s two doubles|
The Mets faced the Marlins on a Thursday night in Miami. The teams played the opener of a four-game series. The Mets pounded out fourteen hits in a 12-4 win over Florida.
Marlins’ starter Frank Castillo pitched a scoreless top of the first inning. With two outs in the bottom half, Carlos Delgado homered to put the Fish ahead by a run. Miguel Cabrera was retired on an inning-ending ground ball to second baseman Miguel Cairo and a single by Mike Piazza began the top of the second. David Wright drew a walk and Doug Mientkiewicz popped out to third baseman Mike Lowell. Eric Valent was called out on strikes and Kris Benson singled to drive home Piazza. Jose Reyes followed with a triple that scored Wright and Benson for a 3-1 Mets lead. Castillo got Cairo on a pop-up to shortstop Alex Gonzalez to end the inning. For New York, Benson hurled a scoreless bottom half.
Castillo held the Mets to a single by Mike Cameron in the top of the third. Benson set down all three Florida batters in the bottom of the inning and Castillo surrendered only a walk to Valent in the top of the fourth. Cabrera walked with two outs in the bottom half. Juan Encarnacion singled and a walk to Lowell loaded the bases. Gonzalez hit a single to bring home Cabrera and Encarnacion with the tying runs. Benson then threw a called third strike past Matt Treanor to close out the inning.
With one out in the top of the fifth, Cameron drew a walk and stole second base. Castillo issued a walk to Cliff Floyd and a wild pitch by Fish reliever Yorman Bazardo (in his major league debut) advanced the runners to second and third. Piazza drew a walk that loaded the bases and Wright singled to score Cameron for a one-run Mets lead. Mientkiewicz reached on an error by second baseman Damion Easley that allowed Floyd and Piazza to come home, increasing the New York lead to 6-3. Bazardo got Valent to fly out to left fielder Cabrera and struck out Benson to finish off the inning. Kris then retired the Marlins in order in the bottom half.
Reyes drew a leadoff walk in the top of the sixth. Jose stole second base and moved to third on a single by Cairo. Cameron doubled to drive home both Reyes and Cairo and came around to score on an ensuing double by Floyd. Piazza went down on strikes and Wright singled to plate Floyd for a 10-3 Mets lead. Bazardo got Mientkiewicz to hit a grounder to Easley for an inning-ending double play. Benson then limited the Fish to a double by Encarnacion in the bottom half.
Valent hit a double against Florida reliever John Riedling to begin the top of the seventh inning. Pinch-hitter Kazuo Matsui flied out to Cabrera and a triple by Reyes brought home Valent. Cairo was struck out and Cameron doubled to score Reyes with the Mets’ twelfth run of the game. Riedling retired Floyd on a grounder to Easley for the inning’s final out. New York’s Heath Bell then fanned all three Marlins hitters in the bottom half.
Piazza drew a walk against Fish reliever Matt Perisho to lead off the top of the eighth. Wright flied out to right fielder Encarnacion and a single by Mientkiewicz ensued. Valent hit a force play ground ball to Easley on which Piazza went to third base. Perisho retired Bell on a grounder to Easley for the third out and Heath shut down the Marlins in the bottom half. Cairo got a one-out single against Florida’s Todd Jones (the Mets’ fourteenth hit) in the top of the ninth. Jones then got Cameron on a grounder to Easley for a double play to close out the inning.
Lowell doubled against Mets’ reliever Manny Aybar to open the bottom of the ninth. Gonzalez followed with a single that drove home Lowell with the Marlins’ fourth run. Treanor was hit by a pitch and pinch-hitter Paul Lo Duca popped out to shortstop Reyes. Juan Pierre hit a force play ground ball to first baseman Mientkiewicz. Aybar then struck out Easley to end the game. The Mets had a solid victory to start the series.