April 20, 2000: Mora Homers in 10th
|Date: April 20, 2000|
|Mets starter: Al Leiter|
|Winning pitcher: Turk Wendell|
|Key player(s): Melvin Mora|
|Key play: Mora's home run|
The Mets aimed for a three-game sweep of the Brewers on a Thursday night at Shea Stadium. It looked as if Milwaukee would salvage one game of the series before the Mets' came back to tie. A home run by Melvin Mora gave the Mets a 5-4 win in the bottom of the tenth inning.
The Brewers got a run off Al Leiter in the top of the first. Marquis Grissom led off with a double and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Jeromy Burnitz. The Mets tied the game in the second on Mike Piazza's home run off Milwaukee starter Steve Woodard. In the third, James Mouton hit a two-run homer and Charlie Hayes added a solo homer in the fifth to give the Brewers a 4-1 lead.
Following Piazza's homer, Woodard retired the next 15 Mets batters. To begin the seventh, Derek Bell homered and Edgardo Alfonzo singled to left field. Piazza then drew a walk and Woodard was replaced by reliever Valerio de los Santos. Facing only one batter, de los Santos got Robin Ventura to hit into a force play.
David Weathers came into the game to pitch to Todd Zeile with runners on first and third. Zeile hit a single to right field, scoring Alfonzo and sending Ventura to third. Robin came home on Burnitz's errant throw to tie the game at 4-4. Met relievers Pat Mahomes and Dennis Cook then combined for five strikeouts in retiring the Brewers in the eighth and ninth innings.
In the top of the tenth, Turk Wendell shut down Milwaukee with no hits. Brewers' reliever Curt Leskanic struck out pinch-hitter Jon Nunnally to start the bottom of the inning. Mora followed with a home run to win the game for the Mets and give them a sweep of the series. For Melvin, who had homered in Game 2 of the previous year's NLCS, this was his first home run ever in a regular season game in the major leagues.