October 14, 2006: Game Three of the NLCS

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Date: October 14, 2006
Mets starter: Steve Trachsel
Mets: 0
Cardinals: 5
Winning pitcher: Jeff Suppan
Key player(s): Jeff Suppan
Key play: Spiezio's triple, Suppan's home run

The National League Championship Series shifted to St. Louis's new Busch Stadium in its inaugural year. The Mets had Steve Trachsel facing Jeff Suppan in the quest for the Series lead. Suppan provided great pitching - and more - as the Cardinals downed the Mets, 5-0.

Suppan dominated the Mets, allowing no runs and three hits in eight innings pitched. Five times during the game, he faced only three Met batters in an inning. Suppan also gave himself some run support with a solo home run.

Meanwhile, Trachsel had a rough time. He was shelled in the first inning when Scott Spiezio hit his second two-run triple of the Series, scoring Preston Wilson and Albert Pujols. After Suppan's homer leading off the second, the Cards loaded the bases and Steve's night was done. Darren Oliver came in to pitch, but two more St. Louis runs (charged to Trachsel) came home before the inning was over.

Oliver held down the Cardinals over the next five innings, pitching three-hit shutout ball with three strikeouts. Darren retired the last nine batters he faced.

A triple by Jose Reyes with two outs in the third was as close as the Mets came to scoring. Josh Kinney retired the side in order in the ninth and the Redbirds had a two games to one edge.