One and Done Enough as Expos Down Mets
Seo allowed five runs to Expos in the first inning
Seo allowed five runs to Expos in the first inning

Posted Jul 23, 2003

In a game of second chance, Met starter Jae Weong Seo was denied one in Wednesday's series opener in Montreal. Seo allowed five runs on five hits in the first to les Expos (as opposed to los Expos when they play their 22 "home" games in San Juan), and although he pitched four scoreless innings afterward, the Met offense couldn't save Seo from the dreaded "L".

Jason Carroll led the inning off with an infield single, and was immediately brought back home again by Edwards Guzman's double to left field. Orlando Cabrera followed Guzman's lead with a double himself, plating Guzman.

After Seo retired Vladimir Guerrero, the Expos' biggest star of them all, on a fly out to right field, Brad Wilkerson continued the onslaught against Seo with a single that brought in Cabrera. Brian Schnieder doubled, but Wilkerson was held at third. That proved insignificant, as leftfielder Ron Calloway doubled home both of them. Seo retired the next two, but the damage was done.

Vazquez was perfect during the first three innings, but ran into trouble in the top of the fourth. Leadoff hitter Jeff Duncan was hit by a pitch on a bunt attempt, and despite protests from Expo manager Frank Robinson, Ducan was awarded first base, something he has achieved over 50% of his 14 games since being recalled from AA Binghamton. Shortstop Jose Reyes, who was 2-4 in the game, singled past Carroll who was playing second, advancing Duncan to second base. Jason Phillips, the rookie leader in batting average, flew out.

Leftfielder Cliff Floyd then came up. Floyd was in the lineup despite achy legs that respond less than enthusiastically to the hard astroturf field in Montreal, where he was drafted in the first round and had two tours of duty.

Floyd, achy stems and all, hit a linedrive off of the rightfield wall to drive in Duncan. Floyd, who perhaps thought the ball was going to leave the park, was slow to get around first base, and was thrown out by the cannon of Vladimir Guerrero. Ty Wigginton was then struck out by Vazquez, who stemmed the damage to one run.

The Mets would score once more, when Jason Phillips drove in Jeff Duncan from second base on a base hit to centerfield in the sixth. That hit extended Phillip's hitting streak to eleven games.

Vazquez went eight innings and struck out eleven Mets. Rocky Biddle came in to retire the Mets in order after a Cliff Floyd single to center.

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