Trachsel pitched seven innings of one-run ball and Piazza added his thirty first homerun of the season as the New York Mets defeated the Chicago Cubs 2-1 on a gorgeous Wednesday night in Flushing Meadows.
It was the middle game of a three game set at Shea Stadium.
After Rodger Cedeno doubled to lead off the Mets portion of the first inning, the star catcher launched a two-run shot two batters later that proved to be the difference.
Todd Hundley accounted for the lone Chicago run when he hit his sixteenth home run of the year in the top of the second. The well-traveled former Met was shipped to Los Angeles in the deal that brought Armando Benitez to New York in 1998.
In the top of the eighth, Cubs second basemen Bobby Hill singled to shallow center to lead it off. Met pitcher Steve Reed was able to induce the following batter, Corey Patterson, into a double play and then get Sammy Sosa to ground out and end the inning.
Steve Trachsel (10-11) was superb, allowing only one run through seven innings. He surrendered just three hits, distributing three walks, and striking out six.
Kerry Wood (11-10) got the tough luck loss after pitching eight excellent innings, the only blemish was the first-inning, two-run home run. He gave up six hits, three walks, and fanned four.
Armando Benitez was able to notch his thirty-third save of the year, but not before putting the tying and go ahead runs aboard in the ninth.
Writer Christopher Guy covers the Mets and is the football guru for NYFansOnly. E-mail him at NYMetsBelieve@aol.com.
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