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Trachsel Looks Good in Final Tune-up

Mike SteffanosSaturday, April 1, 2006
By Mike Steffanos

Mets 2 - Cardinals 1
Steve Trachsel pitched 5 shutout innings against St. Louis today, scattering 4 hits and walking none. Jorge Julio followed with a scoreless inning, then Duaner Sanchez gave up the Cardinal's lone run on a leadoff homer by the immortal Skip Schumaker. Sanchez atoned by striking out the next 3 batters. Billy Wagner followed, and allowed a pair of hits but no runs in his inning, striking out 2. Tim Lavigne, who will not go north with the club, pitched a scoreless ninth.

Billy Wagner's appearance was his first since experiencing "tendon sheath stiffness" in the middle finger on his pitching hand a couple of weeks ago. Wagner pronounced himself satisfied with his appearance:

It was very productive. I got some work in and I was able to do a lot of things.

Meanwhile, facing Jason Marquis and 5 other Cardinal pitchers, the Mets offense managed only 4 singles and a Jose Valentin triple. He scored the winning run off Braden Looper in the sixth. RF Xavier Nady had a hit in 2 at bats, and also threw out a runner at home.

The Mets finish their spring with a record of 16-14-1. Tom Glavine will open the season against the Nationals in New York on Monday afternoon.

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