May 5, 2004: Homers in 8th Pummel Giants

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Date: May 5, 2004
Mets starter: Jae Seo
Mets: 8
Giants: 2
Winning pitcher: David Weathers
Key player(s): Shane Spencer, Mike Cameron, Kazuo Matsui
Key play: Spencer’s and Cameron’s home runs, Matsui’s single

The Mets faced the Giants on a Wednesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the second of three games in a series. The Mets had a pair of homers in a six-run eighth inning for an 8-2 win over San Francisco.

Mets’ starter Jae Seo pitched a scoreless top of the first. With one out in the bottom half, Mike Piazza hit a solo home run against the Giants’ Jerome Williams. Karim Garcia singled and Williams retired Shane Spencer on a fly ball to right fielder Michael Tucker for the third out. Jeffrey Hammonds doubled to open the top of the second. Edgardo Alfonzo hit a single to score Hammonds and a fly ball by Tucker was caught by left fielder Spencer. Seo then got Yorvit Torrealba on a grounder to third baseman Todd Zeile for an inning-ending double play.

Mike Cameron drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the second. Danny Garcia was hit by a pitch and Seo got a bunt single on which Williams made an error that allowed Cameron to score for a 2-1 Mets lead. Kazuo Matsui was called out on strikes and Zeile flied out to center fielder Marquis Grissom to finish off the inning. A single by Neifi Perez began the top of the third. Perez advanced to second base on Williams’ sacrifice bunt and to third on Brian Dallimore’s ground out to shortstop Matsui. J. T. Snow drew a walk and Seo got Grissom to hit an inning-ending force play ground ball to Matsui. Williams then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Seo gave up only a single to Tucker in the top of the fourth. Williams hurled a scoreless bottom half and Perez hit a leadoff double against Seo in the top of the fifth. Williams’ sacrifice bunt advanced Perez to third base. Against Mets’ reliever Ricky Bottalico, Dallimore hit a sacrifice fly that brought home Perez and tied the game at 2-2. Snow grounded out to Matsui to end the inning and Williams retired all three batters in the bottom half. Bottalico hurled a perfect top of the sixth. San Francisco reliever Tyler Walker then yielded just a single to Spencer in the bottom of the inning.

Mets’ reliever John Franco surrendered only a walk to Perez in the top of the seventh. The Giants’ Felix Rodriguez pitched a perfect bottom half and New York’s David Weathers set down the side 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth. Zeile got a one-out single against Rodriguez in the bottom of the inning. Piazza was retired on a fly ball to Grissom. Karim Garcia singled off San Francisco reliever Scott Eyre. Against the Giants’ Matt Herges, Spencer connected for a three-run homer to give the Mets a 5-2 Mets lead. Jason Phillips drew a walk and Cameron homered to extend the New York lead to 7-2. San Francisco’s David Aardsma hit Danny Garcia with a pitch. Pinch-hitter Eric Valent singled and moved to third base on Matsui’s single that brought home Danny Garcia with the Mets’ eighth run. Aardsma then got Joe McEwing to line out to Grissom and finish off the inning.

Mets’ reliever Orber Moreno retired Hammonds on a ground ball to second baseman Danny Garcia to start the top of the ninth. Alfonzo grounded out to first baseman Phillips. Moreno then struck out Tucker to end the game. The Mets had a solid victory.