Trachsel, Floyd Lift Mets to 5-1 Victory

Having lost their leader, Mike Piazza, on Friday for "an extended period of time" to a groin injury, the New York Mets rallied around him and won for their first ever regular season game at Pac Bell Stadium in San Francisco, on Saturday afternoon. With Steve Trachsel (2-2) pitching eight strong innings and Cliff Floyd slamming a two-run fifth inning homerun, New York won by the final score of 5-1.

They were limited to three hits over six innings by Giants starter Demian Moss (5-2), but took advantage of his wildness, as he yielded a season high seven walks.

The Mets scratched out a run without a hit in the second inning and took a 1-0 lead. Ty Wigginton walked and moved to third on an error by Marquis Grissom. He scored on a ground out by Joe McEwing.

The Giants quickly tied the score in the third. Catcher Yorvit Torrealba got on via an infield single and moved to second on a single by Neifi Perez. Damian Moss moved them both up with a successful sacrifice. Grissom hit a scoring fly ball to center, and Torrealba came home with the tying run.

The Mets took the lead for good in the fifth inning. Marco Scutaro singled and following strikeouts of Raul Gonzalez and Jason Phillips, Cliff Floyd sent his seventh homerun of the season over the right field wall. The Mets led 3-1 and that score would hold up until the ninth inning.

Steve Trachsel pitched arguably his finest game of the season. He allowed the Giants only four hits over eight solid frames. He walked one, struck out three, and turned the game over to closer Armando Benitez in the ninth.

The Mets meanwhile, tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the top of the ninth off San Francisco reliever Scott Eyre. Tsuyoshi Shinjo singled and Joe McEwing beat out a bunt. They both moved up a base on an error by Eyre. Roberto Alomar brought Shinjo home with a a sacrifice fly and Jason Phillips singled home McEwing, increasing the New York lead to 5-1.

Benitez allowed a leadoff double in the bottom of the ninth but settled down and retired the Giants to end the game. It was a non-save situation for Armando.

The Mets did a nice job regrouping following the loss of their leader Piazza. In what has been an injury plagued season so far for New York, they must hold the line for an least a month. Vance Wilson will now have the opportunity he has been waiting for; the chance to be a big league starter for an indefinite period. Needless to say, the New York season depends greatly on how Vance responds to this situation. Now he has the chance to prove himself.

The Mets will conclude their series with the Giants on Sunday afternoon. Ace Tom Glavine (4-3) will oppose San Francisco wunderkind Kurt Ainsworth (3-3). The Mets will be trying to even the series, and win another one for Mike.


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