May 4, 2003: Floyd's Slam Lifts Mets Over Brewers
|Date: May 4, 2003|
|Mets starter: Al Leiter|
|Winning pitcher: Al Leiter|
|Key player(s): Cliff Floyd, Al Leiter|
|Key play: Floyd’s grand slam|
Brewers’ starter Matt Kinney pitched a perfect top of the first inning. With two outs in the bottom half, Richie Sexson homered for a 1-0 Milwaukee lead. Mets’ starter Al Leiter retired Geoff Jenkins on a fly ball to left fielder Floyd to end the inning and Kinney surrendered only a walk to Tony Clark in the top of the second. Leiter retired all three hitters in the bottom of the inning and Kinney set down the Mets in order in the top of the third. To begin the bottom half, Royce Clayton singled and moved to second base on Kinney’s sacrifice bunt. Alex Sanchez hit a triple to bring home Clayton with the Brewers’ second run. Keith Ginter lined out to Leiter, who then threw to third baseman Ty Wigginton for an out on Alex Sanchez and an inning-ending double play.
After scoreless fourth and fifth innings, Roberto Alomar got a leadoff single in the top of the sixth. Alomar stole second base and consecutive walks to Roger Cedeno and Mike Piazza loaded the bases. Floyd followed with a grand slam to put the Mets ahead, 4-2. Tony Clark went down on strikes and Wigginton grounded out to shortstop Clayton. Kinney retired Timo Perez on a pop-up to third baseman Wes Helms to close out the inning and a single by Alex Sanchez began the bottom half. Alex Sanchez stole second and Ginter drew a walk. With Sexson at the plate, Alex Sanchez stole third and scored on catcher Piazza’s error for the third Milwaukee run of the game. Sexson grounded out to shortstop Rey Sanchez and a fly ball by Jenkins was caught by Floyd. Leiter then got Brady Clark to fly out to Floyd and end the inning.
Brewers’ reliever John Foster pitched a scoreless top of the seventh. Mets’ reliever David Weathers hit Helms with a pitch to open the bottom half. Eddie Perez lined out to center fielder Timo Perez and a pop-up by Clayton was caught by second baseman Alomar. For New York, reliever Mike Stanton threw a called third strike past pinch-hitter John Vander Wal for the inning’s final out. Vander Wal argued with home plate umpire Dan Iassonga about the call and was ejected from the game.
Piazza doubled against Milwaukee reliever Curt Leskanic to lead off the top of the eighth. Floyd drew a walk and Tony Clark lined out to left fielder Jenkins. Wigginton walked to load the bases and a walk to Timo Perez brought home pinch-runner Tsuyoshi Shinjo with the Mets’ fifth run. Leskanic got Joe McEwing to hit a double play ground ball to Clayton that ended the inning and Stanton struck out Alex Sanchez to begin the bottom half. Mets’ reliever Scott Strickland retired Ginter on a grounder to Wigginton and a single by Sexson ensued. New York’s Armando Benitez then threw a called third strike past Jenkins to finish off the inning.
Brewers’ reliever Leo Estrella hurled a perfect top of the ninth. Brady Clark flied out to right fielder Raul Gonzalez to open the bottom half. Helms drew a walk and Benitez got pinch-hitter Scott Podsednik to hit a grounder to first baseman Tony Clark for a game-ending double play. The Mets had a victory to conclude the series.