September 29, 2005: Glavine 2-Hits Rockies

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Date: September 29, 2005
Mets starter: Tom Glavine
Mets: 11
Rockies: 0
Winning pitcher: Tom Glavine
Key player(s): Tom Glavine, David Wright, Mike Piazza
Key play: Wright's two home runs, Piazza's homer

The Mets and Rockies began a season-closing four game series on a Thursday night. The fans at Shea Stadium saw a two-hit shutout by Tom Glavine and the last home run by Mike Piazza as a member of the Mets. In pounding out 15 hits, the Mets emerged with an 11-0 win over Colorado.

Glavine and Rockies' starter Sun-Woo Kim pitched scoreless ball over the first three innings. Tom allowed only a single to Choo Freeman in the third while the Mets got singles from Mike Jacobs and Glavine off Kim. Glavine then pitched a perfect top half of the fourth.

Cliff Floyd started the bottom of the fourth with a double off Kim. After a ground out on which Floyd moved to third base, Kim threw a wild pitch on the fourth ball to Piazza that allowed Cliff to score. Jacobs and Miguel Cairo followed with singles to load the bases. Piazza then came home on Glavine's force play grounder and run-scoring singles by Jose Reyes and Marlon Anderson gave the Mets a 4-0 lead.

Glavine struck out the side in order in the top of the fifth inning. In the bottom half, Floyd drew a one-out walk and David Wright hit a two run homer. Piazza followed with another homer to increase the lead to seven runs. For Mike, it would be his final home run in a Mets uniform.

After a scoreless sixth inning, Glavine allowed a one-out single to Matt Holliday in the top of the seventh. Wright then committed an error, but Glavine struck out the next two Colorado batters to end the inning. The strikeouts brought Tom's total for the game to nine. In the bottom half, Wright hit his second homer of the game and Jacobs also homered to make the score 9-0.

The Mets scored twice more in the eighth. Jacobs walked with the bases loaded to force home Chris Woodward and Wright crossed the plate on Cairo's force play grounder. Glavine grounded back to pitcher Ryan Speier for the third out of the inning.

In the ninth, Glavine retired the Rockies in order. He got Holliday for his eleventh strikeout of the game to end it. The Mets had an impressive victory to begin the final series of the year.

Notes

  • Wright's and Jacob's homers in the seventh inning came off Jose Acevedo in the final game of the pitcher's five-year career.