Rewind: Mets vs Giants, Game #3

Coming into game three of a four-game set with the San Francisco Giants, the New York Mets were still looking for their first regular season win at Pacific Bell Park. 0-2 in the series and 0-12 in regular season play, they had not put up good numbers in San Francisco, hitting just over .200 with little run production and ediocre pitching. However, the Giants made it easy for the Mets on Saturday afternoon, doing little to prevent New York from taking their 18th game of the year.

May 17, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 5 6 0
San Francisco 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 2

WP S. Trachsel (2-2) 8IP 4H 1R 1ER 1BB 3SO 0HR 4.50 ERA
LP D. Moss (5-2) 6IP 3H 3R 2ER 7BB 3SO 1HR 2.44 ERA

The San Francisco offense struggled against Steve Trachsel, scoring their only run of the game on a sacrifice fly by Marquis Grissom. Trachsel, who picked up his second win of the season, needed only 93 pitches to get through eight innings, the longest outing by a New York starter this season. In those eight innings, he surrendered just one run on four hits and a 2alk, striking out three and lowering his ERA to 4.50.

San Francisco starter Damian Moss (5-2) struggled with his control all day, walking seven Mets in six innings of work, including the first two batters he faced. Despite the high walk total, he managed to keep the Mets in check, giving up only one unearned run through the first four innings. However, he couldn't evade Cliff Floyd's two-run bomb to right center field in the fifth inning, and on the play New York took a 3-1 run lead.

They added to the lead in the ninth inning, loading the bases off of Scott Eyre on two infield hits and a walk. Joe Nathan relieved Eyre and with nobody out, the Mets tacked on some insurance runs. Roberto Alomar hit a sacrifice fly to score Tsuyoshi Shinjo from third. With two down, home plate umpire Brian Runge called a close two-strike pitch to Jason Phillips ball 3. On the next pitch, Phillips singled to left to bring home Joe McEwing, capping off the scoring for the Mets.

The Mets took advantage of nine free passes and San Francisco's worst defensive game of the year, scoring five runs on only six hits. The Giants made two errors in the same game for the first time in 42 games this season. One of the errors, a ball in and out of the glove of Marquis Grissom in center field, led to an unearned run in the second inning; Scott Eyre's throwing error made room for two unearned runs in the ninth.

SFDugout's Players of the Game: Yorvit Torrealba and Jim Brower. Torrealba went 1-3, scoring the only run of the game for the Giants and starting an outstanding 2-5-4 double play on a bunt attempt. Brower pitched two scoreless innings for San Francisco, giving up just one walk but facing the minimum with the help of a double play ground ball.

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