May 29, 2003: Mets Double Up Phils in Shutout Win

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Date: May 29, 2003
Mets starter: Steve Trachsel
Mets: 5
Phillies: 0
Winning pitcher: Steve Trachsel
Key player(s): Rey Sanchez, Cliff Floyd, Jeromy Burnitz, Tony Clark
Key play: Mets’ six doubles

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Thursday night in Philadelphia. The teams played the finale of a three-game series at Veterans Stadium. A total of six doubles provided all the scoring in a 5-0 Mets win over the Phils.

Roger Cedeno doubled against Philadelphia starter Kevin Millwood to lead off the top of the first inning. Rey Sanchez hit a double to score Cedeno with the first run of the game. Ty Wigginton followed with a ground ball on which shortstop Jimmie Rollins threw to third baseman David Bell for an out on Sanchez. Cliff Floyd flied out to left fielder Pat Burrell and a stolen base by Wigginton ensued. Jeromy Burnitz hit the Mets’ third double of the inning to bring home Wigginton for a 2-0 New York lead. Millwood retired Tony Clark on an inning-ending grounder to Rollins. Mets’ starter Steve Trachsel then held the Phillies to a double by Placido Polanco in the bottom half.

Trachsel and Millwood each pitched scoreless ball from the second inning to the fifth. With one out in the top of the sixth, Floyd hit a double to left field. Burnitz went down on strikes and Clark doubled to drive home Floyd with the Mets’ third run. Millwood got Vance Wilson on a ground ball to Rollins that closed out the inning and Trachsel surrendered only a walk to Polanco in the bottom half. Millwood set down the Mets in order in the top of the seventh and Burrell hit a one-out double in the bottom of the inning. Bell grounded back to Trachsel and a walk to pinch-hitter Ricky Ledee ensued. Pinch-hitter Tomas Perez drew a walk to load the bases. Mets’ reliever Graeme Lloyd then struck out Rollins to end the inning.

Sanchez drew a walk against Phils’ reliever Carlos Silva to open the top of the eighth. Wigginton singled to advance Sanchez to third base and Silva was replaced on the mound by Philadelphia’s Dan Plesac. Floyd greeted Plesac with the Mets’ sixth double of the game, scoring Sanchez and Wigginton for a five-run New York lead. On his own hit, Floyd got caught in a rundown and was tagged out by Bell. Plesac retired Burnitz on a grounder to first baseman Jim Thome and threw a called third strike past Clark to finish off the inning. Lloyd then limited the Phillies to a single by Thome in the bottom half.

Phils’ reliever Terry Adams pitched a perfect top of the ninth inning. The Mets’ Armando Benitez struck out Burrell to start the bottom half. Bell also went down on strikes. Benitez then fanned Ledee to bring the game to an end. The Mets had a series-closing shutout victory on the strength of a steady supply of doubles.