Not Even Mo Can Double Mets Pleasure

Until Roberto Alomar blooped a hit over Derek Jeter's head in the top of the ninith, it looked like the Mets were going to be very thankful Mo Vaughn had his swing back, as he had the only hits for the Mets, a single and a double off of Andy Pettitte. Pettitte was thoroughly dominant as he pitched a complete game shutout and the Yankees beat the Mets 8-0 to knock them ten and a half games behind the Braves.

After Steve Trachsel pitched two smooth innings and got two quick outs in the third, the Yankees then jumped on him for back-to-back home runs by Johnny Vander Wal and Alfonso Soriano to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead.

Trachsel lost his control again, walking Robin Ventura and Jorge Posada consecutively in the fourth. Nick Johnson then grounded to first, allowing Ventura to go to third. Ventura scored on Rondell White's single, and then Posada scored on Vander Wal's single. That was it for Trachsel, and Grant Roberts replaced him. Roberts gave up a sacrifice fly to Soriano, which scored White. Derek Jeter hit a double, scoring Vander Wal, and only Jeter's getting caught in a rundown enabled the Mets to get out of that miserable inning.

The Yankees scored two more runs in the ninth when Armando Benitez issued a bases-loaded walk and then gave up a long sacrifice fly to Ventura. Jaime Cerda came in to get the final out by striking out Posada.

Notes


-Ventura robbed a couple of Mets of hits with nice plays at third.
-Vanderwal hit a ball off of his leg in the eighth, and had to be helped into the dugout by Joe Torre and the Yankees trainer. Karim Garcia took over batting for him and popped out to short.
-The Mets now embark on a seven-game road trip, starting on Monday in Philadelphia, where Shawn Estes (3-5, 4.23 E.R.A.) will face Brandon Duckworth (4-5, 4.64 E.R.A.)

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