October 3, 2001: Trachsel Blanks Bucs on Two Hits

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Date: October 3, 2001
Mets starter: Steve Trachsel
Mets: 3
Pirates: 0
Winning pitcher: Steve Trachsel
Key player(s): Steve Trachsel, Desi Relaford, Mark Johnson
Key play: Relaford’s and Johnson’s home runs

The Mets faced the Pirates on a Wednesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Steve Trachsel pitched a two-hit shutout in a 3-0 Mets win over Pittsburgh.

Brian Giles drew a one-out walk in the top of the first inning. Aramis Ramirez singled and Trachsel fanned Rob Mackowiak for the inning’s third out. With one out in the bottom half, Desi Relaford hit a solo home run against Bucs’ starter Todd Ritchie. Timo Perez grounded out to first baseman Craig Wilson and a strikeout of Tsuyoshi Shinjo ended the inning. Trachsel hurled a perfect top of the second and Mark Johnson homered for the Mets’ second run leading off the bottom half. Joe McEwing was retired on a fly ball to left fielder Giles. Ritchie then struck out Vance Wilson and got Jorge Velandia on a ground ball to second baseman Warren Morris to close out the inning.

Trachsel and Ritchie each pitched scoreless ball from the third inning to the fifth. In the three-inning span, Steve surrendered only a walk to Morris and got one of the two singles (Relaford had the other) given up by Ritchie. Trachsel set down the Pirates in order in the top of the sixth. Relaford drew a walk to open the bottom half. Perez flied out to Giles and a single by Shinjo advanced Relaford to third base. Johnson followed with a sacrifice fly to score Relaford with the third New York run of the game. Ritchie then retired McEwing on a fly ball to center fielder Chad Hermansen to finish off the inning.

Trachsel pitched a perfect top of the seventh. Ritchie retired the Mets on three consecutive outfield fly balls in the bottom half. With two outs in the top of the eighth, pinch-hitter Adam Hyzdu singled for the Bucs’ second hit. Jason Kendall was retired on an inning-ending fly ball to right fielder Matt Lawton and Pittsburgh reliever Scott Sauerbeck set down the side in order in the bottom half. Jack Wilson grounded out to shortstop Velandia to begin the top of the ninth. Giles was retired on a grounder back to Trachsel. Steve then struck out Ramirez to end the game. The Mets had a shutout victory on Trachsel’s two-hitter.