Piazza Returns in 9-2 Victory

If the play of Vance Wilson and Jason Phillips made you forget about Mike Piazza or even dismiss him because of their superior defensive play then Wednesday nights 9-2 Mets win over the Giants reintroduced you to why Mike Piazza is, well, Mike Piazza.

The future Hall of Famer belted a home run and had 5 RBI in his first game back in a performance that energized the Mets in a way that they haven't seen since their failed comeback bid in late 2001. Piazza showed exactly why he is the franchise player and the heart and soul of the Mets. Ever since he arrived in New York, Piazza has seemingly delivered every big moment and last night was no different.

Piazza, once feared lost for the year, worked extremely hard to return to the disappointing Mets. Surrounded by the controversy of a possible move to first, Piazza returned to the Mets as a force to be reckoned with. In just his second at bat, Piazza launched a two run home run to score rookie Jose Reyes and give the Mets a 3-1. The Mets hope that this will be common as they envision the two at the center of a new era for the ballclub. Reyes reached on a bunt single and then stole second base to set the stage. Piazza received a curtain call in a rare sight for the Mets this season.

In the fourth inning, Piazza singled to score Roger Cedeno to make the score 5-1 in favor of the Mets. In the seventh inning, Piazza stepped up with bases loaded and delivered a two-run single that scored Cedeno and Steve Trachsel.

Meanwhile, Reyes continued to give the Mets reason for optimism as well. Reyes extended his hitting streak to 13 games with the single in the 3rd inning and also singled in the 7th inning to raise his average to .300 for the year.

Ty Wiggington was 3-for-3 with two doubles, two RBI and a run scored.

Trachsel pitched 7 and 2/3 innings and allowed two runs on eight hits. He improved to 11-7 on the year with the win.

Barry Bonds was 1-for-3 in the game for the Giants.

The Mets will complete their three game series with the San Francisco Giants today at Shea as Tom Glavine (7-11) faces Jesse Foppert (8-8).


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