May 16, 2016

Remembering Mets History: (2003) Jae Seo, David Weathers & Armando Benitez Combine On a One Hitter

Tuesday June 17th 2003: It was just two days after the Mets Steve Trachsel had thrown a one hitter, as the Mets visited beautiful South Florida, to play that seasons eventual World Champion; Florida Marlins.

At the time Jack McKeon's Marlins were in fourth place (34-38) & Art Howe's Mets were in 5th place (32-37). The starters were Carl Pavano (5-7) & Jae Seo (4-2)for the Mets.

starting Lineups

Very quietly Seo rolled along into the 5th inning, without having allowed any hits or runs.

As he was flirting with a no hitter, with one out in that 5th inning, Juan Encarnacion hit a line drive to center field that fell in for a hit. S

eo just shrugged it off, went about his business not allowing any more hits, as he pitched into the 7th inning. After two ground outs in the 7th inning, Howe removed Seo & brought in David Weathers. He got his man & ended the 7th inning.

The Mets had scored in the top of the 7th inning, on a Jeromy Burnitz HR, his 11th of the season.

In the home 8th, Weathers retired the side in order, getting two more ground outs as well.

In the top of the 9th, the Mets offense gave the staff some more room to breathe. Ty Wigginton blasted his 5th HR of the season, making it 2-0 Mets. After Roberto Alomar reached on an error, McKeon removed Pavano for Armando Almanza.

The crazy inning then featured a wild pitch to Cliff Floyd & then he also reached on an error. Burnitz was walked intentionally & Jason Phillips singled bringing in Alomar. Jose Reyes followed with an RBI sac fly & Roger Cedeno singled brining in the Mets fifth run.

In the 9th inning, Armando Benitez was  brought in to close it out. He got all three outs, ending the game striking out pinch hitter Andy Fox.

It was the Mets 25th career one hitter, the club's second in just three games.

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