September 4, 2005: Seo Wins Sixth Consecutive Game
|Date: September 4, 2005|
|Mets starter: Jae Seo|
|Winning pitcher: Jae Seo|
|Key player(s): Cliff Floyd, David Wright, Jae Seo|
|Key play: Floyd’s home run, Wright’s double|
The Mets faced the Marlins on a Sunday afternoon in Miami. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Jae Seo recorded his sixth consecutive win as the Mets defeated Florida, 7-1.
With one out in the top of the first inning, Kazuo Matsui hit a triple to center field. Carlos Beltran grounded out to shortstop Alex Gonzalez to bring home Matsui with the first run of the game. Marlins’ starter A. J. Burnett retired Cliff Floyd on a ground ball to first baseman Carlos Delgado to end the inning and Seo pitched a perfect bottom half. Doug Mientkiewicz drew a one-out walk in the top of the second. Ramon Castro hit a force play grounder to third baseman Mike Lowell and scored on a double by Victor Diaz for a 2-0 Mets lead. Burnett fanned Seo for the inning’s final out. Jae then shut down the Fish in the bottom half.
Beltran hit a single with two outs in the top of the third inning. Floyd followed with a two-run homer and David Wright went down on strikes for the third out. Seo retired the side in order in the bottom half and Mientkiewicz doubled to lead off the top of the fourth. Castro was called out on strikes and Diaz got an infield single. Burnett set down the next two Mets batters to close out the inning and Juan Encarnacion hit a one-out double in the bottom half. Encarnacion advanced to third base on Paul Lo Duca’s fly out to center fielder Beltran and scored on a wild pitch. Seo then struck out Lowell to finish off the inning.
Matsui singled to lead off the top of the fifth. Beltran grounded out to Delgado and a strikeout of Floyd ensued. Wright hit a double to score Matsui for a 5-1 Mets lead and Burnett threw a called third strike past Mientkiewicz to end the inning. Juan Pierre and Luis Castillo got back-to-back singles with two outs in the bottom half. Seo then retired Miguel Cabrera on a fly ball to right fielder Diaz for the third out of the inning.
Florida reliever Randy Messenger hurled a scoreless top of the sixth. Seo yielded only a double to Lo Duca in the bottom half and Messenger set down the Mets in order in the top of the seventh. Seo retired all three Marlins batters in the bottom of the inning and Florida’s Jim Mecir pitched a perfect top of the eighth. Mets’ reliever Roberto Hernandez then shut down the Fish in the bottom half.
Jose Reyes singled against Marlins’ reliever Ron Villone to open the top of the ninth inning. Matsui hit a single and Beltran singled to score Reyes. Floyd flied out to left fielder Cabrera and a single by Wright brought home Matsui with the Mets’ seventh run. Villone got Mientkiewicz to hit an inning-ending force play grounder to shortstop Robert Andino and the Mets’ Braden Looper retired pinch-hitter Damion Easley on a fly ball to Diaz to start the bottom half. Pinch-hitter Jeff Conine popped out to first baseman Mientkiewicz. Looper then got Andino to ground out to shortstop Reyes and end the game. The Mets had a series-closing victory as Seo chalked up his six straight win.