September 24, 2003: Three-Run 4th Downs Bucs

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Date: September 24, 2003
Mets starter: Steve Trachsel
Mets: 5
Pirates: 3
Winning pitcher: Steve Trachsel
Key player(s): Danny Garcia, Tony Clark, Timo Perez
Key play: Garcia’s RBI single, Clark’s walk, Perez’s single

The Mets faced the Pirates on a Wednesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the second of three games in a series. The Mets scored three runs in the fourth inning and came away with a 5-3 win over Pittsburgh.

Mets’ starter Steve Trachsel pitched a scoreless top of the first inning. Leading off the bottom half, Roger Cedeno doubled against the Bucs’ Jeff D'Amico. Cedeno advanced to third base after Jay Bell’s fly out to center fielder Tike Redman. Mike Piazza grounded out to shortstop Jack Wilson to bring home Cedeno with the first run of the game. D’Amico then got Tony Clark to foul out to third baseman Rob Mackowiak and end the inning.

Trachsel yielded only a single to Mackowiak in the top of the second. Timo Perez hit a double to begin the bottom half. Jorge Velandia lined out to Jack Wilson and a strikeout of Prentice Redman ensued. Danny Garcia singled to score Perez and increase the Mets’ lead to 2-0. Trachsel followed with a single to send Garcia to third base. D’Amico then got Cedeno to hit a force play ground ball to Jack Wilson for the inning’s final out.

Tike Redman singled with one out in the top of the third. Abraham Nunez hit a force play grounder to second baseman Garcia and came around to score on a triple by Jason Kendall. Matt Stairs singled to drive home Kendall and tie the game at 2-2. Trachsel issued a walk to Craig Wilson and retired Mackowiak on an inning-ending ground ball to Garcia. The Mets then failed to score after loading the bases against D’Amico in the bottom half.

Trachsel set down the Pirates in order in the top of the fourth. With two outs in the bottom of the inning, Cedeno singled and advanced to third base on a single by Bell. Piazza drew a walk to load the bases and Clark walked to force home Cedeno with the go-ahead run. Perez followed with a single that brought home Bell and Piazza, extending the Mets’ lead to 5-2. D’Amico then got Velandia to hit a force play grounder to Mackowiak and finish off the inning.

Trachsel hurled a scoreless top of the fifth. D’Amico shut down the Mets in the bottom half and Steve gave up just a double to Mackowiak in the top of the sixth. Pittsburgh reliever Nelson Figueroa pitched a perfect bottom of the inning and Tike Redman got a bunt single against New York’s John Franco to begin the top of the seventh. Nunez hit a ground ball to third baseman Bell for a double play and Kendall grounded to shortstop Velandia to close out the inning. Figueroa then retired the Mets 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Craig Wilson got a one-out single in the top of the eighth. Franco retired Mackowiak on a pop-up to Garcia and was replaced on the mound by Mets’ reliever David Weathers. Jason Bay singled and an ensuing single by Jack Wilson scored Craig Wilson with the Pirates’ third run of the game. Weathers followed up by throwing a called third strike past pinch-hitter J. J. Davis to finish off the inning. Pittsburgh’s Mark Corey then yielded just a single to Garcia in the bottom half.

Mets’ reliever Mike Stanton hit Tike Redman with a pitch to open the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Jeff Reboulet was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Raul Gonzalez. Kendall followed with a force play ground ball to Bell. Stanton then threw a called third strike past Stairs for the game’s final out. The Mets had their second straight victory over the Bucs.

Notes

  • Bell's single was the final hit of his 18-season major league career
  • The game was the last one for Mets' broadcaster Bob Murphy after 42 seasons with the team