Young Stud: Reyes, Trachsel Power Mets to 8-0 Win

The Mets played arguably their finest game of the season at Edison Field in Anaheim on Sunday afternoon. It was a pair of veterans, Steve Trachsel and Jeromy Burnitz, along with raw rookie Jose Reyes, that helped shutout the Angels 8-0. Trachsel and Reyes entered the New York record books. Steve allowed only a single to David Eckstein, and twirled the 24th one-hitter in Mets history, while Reyes became only the second player in team history to hit a grand slam as his first career four-bagger.

Burnitz added a pair of blasts to the New York attack.

The Mets made Anaheim starter Jarrod Washburn (6-7) pay in the second inning. Washburn fanned Cliff Floyd and then walked Jason Phillips. He also whiffed Burnitz, and it looked as if it would be a routine inning for him. However, Vance Wilson singled and Washburn also walked Tsuyoshi Shinjo to load the basis. And Reyes made him pay big time, as the ball left the yard in a hurry. The Mets led 4-0 and never looked back.

Steve Trachsel (5-4) put up goose egg after goose egg on the scoreboard. The loan blemish on his ledger was the single by Eckstein with two outs in the bottom of the sixth. Trachsel walked four and struck out one, in posting his 17th career complete game and sixth shutout.

The Mets increased the lead to 5-0 in the fourth inning. With one out, Jeromy Burnitz hammered his 9th homerun of the season. In the sixth following a walk to Phillips, Burnitz chased Washburn with his second homer of the game, and 10th of the season.

It was a real day of firsts for Reyes. In addition to the history making grand slam, Reyes also swiped his first base and singled twice, giving him his first three-hit game as well. Hopefully, it is just a sign of things to come for the youngster.

Following the game against the Angels, the Mets are forced to travel the length of the country as they play in Florida on Monday evening against the Marlins. A slumping, and not so healthy, Tom Glavine (5-6) will face Marlins wunderkind Dontrelle Willis (5-1) in the opener of the series. Hopefully Glavine has overcome the arm inflammation that caused an early exit in his last start. His recovery is tantamount to the Mets continued winning.

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