April 10, 1999: Franco and Pratt Beat Expos in 11th
|Date: April 10, 1999|
|Mets starter: Al Leiter|
|Winning pitcher: Dennis Cook|
|Key player(s): Edgardo Alfonzo, Matt Franco, Todd Pratt|
|Key play: Alfonzo’s, Franco’s and Pratt’s single|
The Mets faced the Expos on a Saturday afternoon in Montreal. The teams played the third of four games in a weekend series. In the 11th inning, Matt Franco and Todd Pratt hit singles that produced a run for a 4-3 Mets win.
Expos’ starter Dustin Hermanson pitched a perfect top of the first. With two outs in the bottom half, Rondell White hit a solo home run against the Mets’ Al Leiter. Vladimir Guerrero grounded out to third baseman Robin Ventura to end the inning and Hermanson set down the side in order again in the top of the second. Jose Vidro drew a walk to open the bottom half. Michael Barrett flied out to left fielder Roger Cedeno and a double by Chris Widger brought home Vidro for a 2-0 Montreal lead. Manny Martinez was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Bobby Bonilla. Leiter then got Hermanson on a ground ball to shortstop Rey Ordonez to close out the inning.
Hermanson retired the Mets in order once again in the top of the third. Leiter hurled a perfect bottom half and Edgardo Alfonzo drew a walk with one out in the top of the fourth. John Olerud singled and Bonilla flied out to left fielder White. Ventura hit a single to score Alfonzo and cut the Expos’ lead to 2-1. Hermanson got Brian McRae to hit a force play grounder to shortstop Orlando Cabrera for the inning’s third out. With one out in the bottom half, Vidro singled and Barrett flied out to Bonilla. A balk advanced Vidro to second base. Leiter then retired Widger on a grounder to Ordonez to finish off the inning.
Hermanson pitched a perfect top of the fifth. Leiter shut down the Expos in the bottom half and Cedeno singled to begin the top of the sixth. Roger stole second and moved to third after Alfonzo’s fly out to right fielder Vladimir Guerrero. Olerud hit a single to bring home Cedeno and tie the game at 2-2. Hermanson retired both Bonilla and Ventura on fly balls to Vladimir Guerrero to end the inning. Leiter then surrendered just a walk to Vladimir Guerrero in the bottom half.
Montreal reliever Steve Kline hurled a perfect top of the seventh. Widger doubled to lead off the bottom of the inning. A sacrifice bunt by Martinez advanced Widger to third base. Shane Andrews followed with a ground ball on which Ventura threw to catcher Pratt for an out at home on Widger. Wilton Guerrero hit a double to drive home Andrews and put the Expos ahead, 3-2. Leiter then fanned Cabrera to close out the inning.
Pinch-hitter Rickey Henderson drew a walk to open the top of the eighth. Henderson went to second base on Cedeno’s sacrifice bunt and came around to score the tying run on a single by Alfonzo. Olerud doubled and Bonilla was given an intentional walk that loaded the bases. Kline struck out Ventura and Montreal reliever Bobby Ayala got McRae on a grounder back to the mound to end the inning. For the Mets, reliever Armando Benitez pitched a scoreless bottom half.
Expos’ reliever Ugueth Urbina hurled a perfect top of the ninth. Benitez set down the side 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning and Montreal’s Anthony Telford pitched a scoreless top of the 10th. Wilton Guerrero singled against Mets’ reliever Turk Wendell to open the bottom half. Cabrera’s sacrifice bunt moved Wilton Guerrero to second base and a fly ball by White was caught by center fielder Jermaine Allensworth. Vladimir Guerrero was given an intentional walk. New York’s Dennis Cook then retired Vidro on a ground ball to second baseman Alfonzo for the final out of the inning.
With two outs in the top of the 11th, Matt Franco singled to left field. Pratt followed with a single on which Matt Franco came around to score and give the Mets a one-run lead. On his own hit, Pratt moved on to second base. Telford retired Ordonez on an inning-ending grounder to Cabrera. To start the bottom half, Mets’ reliever John Franco got pinch-hitter Mike Mordecai to fly out to right fielder Cedeno (who had shifted from left.) Widger also flied out to Cedeno and a single by James Mouton ensued. John Franco then retired Andrews on fly ball to Allensworth for the game’s final out. The Mets had a victory in extra innings.