May 6, 2004: Mets Beat Giants in 11 for Sweep

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Date: May 6, 2004
Mets starter: Al Leiter
Mets: 2
Giants: 1
Winning pitcher: David Weathers
Key player(s): Karim Garcia, Mike Piazza
Key play: Garcia’s and Piazza’s home runs

The Mets faced the Giants on a Thursday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. In 11 innings, the Mets completed a series sweep with a 2-1 win over San Francisco.

Al Leiter and the Giants’ Jason Schmidt each pitched three scoreless and hitless innings to start the game. Edgardo Alfonzo singled with one out in the top of the fourth. Marquis Grissom hit a single and Barry Bonds popped out to catcher Mike Piazza. Leiter retired Pedro Feliz on a pop-up to second baseman Danny Garcia for the inning’s third out. Schmidt then shut down the Mets in the bottom half.

Leiter and Schmidt each hurled scoreless fifth and sixth innings. Grissom got an infield single to lead off the top of the seventh. On a pickoff attempt, Grissom was caught stealing via a throw by first baseman Jason Phillips to shortstop Kazuo Matsui. Bonds flied out to right fielder Karim Garcia and a home run by Feliz gave the Giants a 1-0 lead. Leiter then got Jeffrey Hammonds to ground out to third baseman Todd Zeile and end the inning.

Leading off the bottom of the seventh, Karim Garcia homered to tie the game. Shane Spencer grounded out to third baseman Alfonzo and a strikeout of Phillips ensued. Joe McEwing hit a single and Schmidt retired Danny Garcia on an inning-ending ground ball to first baseman Feliz. Leiter pitched a scoreless top of the eighth and San Francisco reliever Tyler Walker set down the side in order in the bottom half. For New York, reliever Braden Looper hurled a scoreless top of the ninth. Spencer singled against the Giants’ Felix Rodriguez with two outs in the bottom of the inning. Rodriguez then retired Phillips on a ground ball to Alfonzo to send the game onward.

Looper set down all three San Francisco batters in the top of the 10th. Giants’ reliever Jim Brower pitched a perfect bottom half and Alfonzo hit a two-out single against the Mets’ Mike Stanton in the top of the 11th. Grissom singled and Bonds was walked intentionally to load the bases. Stanton was then relieved by New York’s David Weathers, who threw a called third strike past Feliz for the inning’s final out.

Brower retired Matsui on a grounder to second baseman Brian Dallimore to begin the bottom of the 11th. Zeile went down on strikes. Piazza came to bat and slugged a home run to end the game. The Mets had a victory and a sweep of the three-game series.