May 9, 2004: Matsui's Double in 11th Avoids Sweep

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Date: May 9, 2004
Mets starter: Steve Trachsel
Mets: 6
Brewers: 5
Winning pitcher: Dan Wheeler
Key player(s): Ty Wigginton, Kazuo Matsui
Key play: Wigginton’s two-run single, Matsui’s double

The Mets played the Brewers on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The team was looking to avoid a three-game series sweep in the final game of a week-long home stand. A run-scoring double by Kazuo Matsui in the 11th inning gave the Mets a 6-5 win over Milwaukee.

Mets’ starter Steve Trachsel shut down the Brewers in the top of the first inning. In the bottom half, Eric Valent led off with a home run against Milwaukee’s Victor Santos. Todd Zeile doubled with one out before Santos set down the next two batters to end the inning. With two runners on base and one out in the top of the second, Trachsel struck out Chad Moeller and Santos. Vance Wilson hit a one-out double in the bottom of the inning. An ensuing single by Danny Garcia scored Wilson for a 2-0 Mets lead. Santos then fanned Trachsel and retired Valent on a pop-up to shortstop Craig Counsell for the final outs of the inning.

Counsell singled with one out in the top of the third. A passed ball by catcher Wilson moved Counsell to second base. Keith Ginter flied out to center fielder Mike Cameron and Geoff Jenkins’ double brought home Counsell for the first Milwaukee run. Trachsel issued an intentional walk to Lyle Overbay and retired Wes Helms on an inning-ending fly ball to right fielder Karim Garcia. Santos then set down the Mets in order in the bottom half.

Trachsel pitched a perfect top of the fourth inning. Jason Phillips began the bottom half with a single and advanced to third on Wilson’s one-out double to left field. Danny Garcia grounded out to Counsell to drive home Phillips. Trachsel struck out to end the inning. Steve pitched a scoreless top of the fifth and Santos responded by shutting down the Mets in the bottom half. The Brewers were retired 1-2-3 by Trachsel in the top of the sixth. Milwaukee reliever Brooks Kieschnick then pitched a scoreless bottom of the inning.

Moeller singled and went to third on Kieschnick’s ensuing double to start the top of the seventh against Trachsel. Facing reliever John Franco, Scott Podsednik hit a sacrifice fly to score Moeller. Franco struck out Counsell and Ginter to end the inning. Milwaukee’s Jeff Bennett walked Valent to open the bottom half. Bennett then set down the next three Met hitters to close out the seventh.

Helms singled with two outs in the top of the eighth inning. Ben Grieve drew a walk and reliever David Weathers threw a wild pitch to advance the runners to second and third. Moeller walked to load the bases and pinch-hitter Brady Clark delivered a two-run single to put the Brewers ahead, 4-3. Podsednik got a bunt single off reliever Mike Stanton to plate Moeller with another Milwaukee run. Counsell then grounded out to first baseman Phillips to end the inning.

Brewers’ reliever Dave Burba walked Phillips to begin the bottom of the eighth. Following a pair of fly outs, pinch-hitter Mike Piazza drew a walk. With Ty Wigginton at bat as a pinch-hitter for Stanton, Burba committed a balk that advanced pinch-runners Matsui and Jae Seo into scoring position. Wigginton followed up with a single to score Matsui from third and Seo from second, tying the game at 5-5. Valent then grounded out to second baseman Ginter to close out the inning.

Mets’ reliever Braden Looper pitched a scoreless top of the ninth. The Brewers’ Luis Vizcaino did likewise in the bottom of the inning. Looper set down Milwaukee in order in the top of the tenth and the Mets failed to score against reliever Ben Ford in the bottom half. Dan Wheeler then set down the Brewers 1-2-3 in the top of the 11th inning.

Ford walked Zeile with two outs in the bottom of the 11th. Karim Garcia followed with an infield single. Matsui came to bat and doubled to score Zeile with the winning run. The Mets had prevented a Milwaukee sweep with an extra-inning victory.