October 3, 2004: A Farewell to Zeile...and the Expos
|Date: October 3, 2004|
|Mets starter: Tom Glavine|
|Winning pitcher: Tom Glavine|
|Key player(s): Todd Zeile, David Wright|
|Key play: Wright's homer in 3rd, Zeile's homer in 6th|
On the final day of the season, the Mets played host to the Montreal Expos. It was the last game in the 16-year career of Todd Zeile and in the history of the 36-year-old Montreal franchise (which would relocate to Washington the following year.) The Mets defeated the Expos, 8-1, to close out the year.
The Expos scored what would be their final run ever against Tom Glavine in the first inning. Terrmel Sledge singled with one out to bring home Jamey Carroll. Glavine retired the next two batters and the Mets tied it in the bottom half on David Wright's sacrifice fly that scored Jose Reyes.
In the third, Wright hit a two-run homer off Montreal starter John Patterson to give the Mets a 3-1 lead. The Mets scored again in the fifth when Reyes stole two bases and came home on a single by Kazuo Matsui. Zeile then clouted a three-run homer off reliever Claudio Vargas in the sixth in his last major league at bat. Meanwhile, Glavine held the Expos to only one hit from the second inning to the sixth.
The Mets got their final run in the bottom of the eighth. Wilson Delgado's one-out single off Francis Beltran scored Danny Garcia. In the ninth, Bartolome Fortunato pitched a scoreless inning to end the game. The Mets had a win that brought down the curtain on both Zeile's career and the Montreal team.
- Zeile was honored in a special ceremony on the field after the game.