April 26, 2006: Mets Defeat Giants in 11
|Date: April 26, 2006|
|Mets starter: Brian Bannister|
|Winning pitcher: Darren Oliver|
|Key player(s): Brian Bannister, Barry Bonds, Chris Woodward|
|Key play: Bannister’s two-run double, Bonds’ home run, Woodward’s double|
The Mets and Giants concluded a three-game series on a Wednesday afternoon. The teams played a three-hour and 50-minute game at San Francisco’s Pacific Bell Park. The Mets scored twice in the 11th inning to emerge with a 9-7 win.
The Giants scored a run in each of the first two innings against Mets’ starter Brian Bannister. A double by Moises Alou plated Jose Vizcaino in the first and Omar Vizquel hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Pedro Feliz in the second. Carlos Delgado hit a solo home run off San Francisco starter Matt Morris in the top of the third inning. The Giants then got their third run on Steve Finley’s sacrifice fly that scored Randy Winn in the bottom of the inning.
Ramon Castro got a one-out single in the top of the fourth. Endy Chavez followed with a double to left field. Bannister hit an ensuing double on which Castro and Chavez came home to tie the game. Morris retired the next two batters and Bannister pitched a perfect bottom of the inning. After a scoreless fifth, Bannister hit his second double of the game with one out in the top of the sixth. Brian later scored on Kazuo Matsui’s double for a 4-3 Mets lead.
Due to an injured leg, Bannister was replaced by Aaron Heilman in the bottom of the sixth inning. Heilman set down San Francisco in order and the Giants’ Steve Kline pitched a perfect top of the seventh. In the bottom half, Alou singled with one out to score Vizquel and tie the game. Heilman then recorded outs on the next two Giants batters to end the inning.
The Mets put runners at second and third with one out in the top of the eighth. Pinch-hitting for Heilman, Julio Franco (who turned 48 three days earlier) singled off reliever Tim Worrell to bring home Chavez and Jose Reyes. Franco stole second base and scored on David Wright’s two-out double. Worrell retired Cliff Floyd on a ground ball to first baseman Lance Niekro for the third out. Duaner Sanchez pitched a scoreless bottom of the inning. San Francisco’s Armando Benitez then shut down the Mets in the top of the ninth.
Vizquel singled off Billy Wagner to begin the bottom of the ninth inning. Wagner struck out Vizcaino and recorded a strikeout of Winn (during which Vizquel advanced to second base on defensive indifference.) Alou reached second on an error by third baseman Wright that plated Vizquel with the Giants’ fifth run. Pinch-hitting for Finley, Barry Bonds followed with a two-run homer to tie the game at 7-7. Wagner then struck out Niekro to end the inning.
The Mets failed to score after loading the bases against Benitez in the top of the 10th inning. Feliz singled off Mets’ reliever Chad Bradford to start the bottom half. Feliz moved to second on Mike Matheny’s sacrifice bunt and Bradford struck out pinch-hitter Ray Durham. Vizquel was given an intentional walk by reliever Darren Oliver, who then fanned Vizcaino for the third out.
Castro hit a single off San Francisco reliever Scott Munter in the top of the 11th inning. Ramon went to second base on Chavez’s sacrifice bunt. Chris Woodward followed with a double to score Castro and put the Mets ahead, 8-7. An ensuing single by Reyes brought home Woodward with another run. Reyes stole second before Oliver struck out and Delgado was given an intentional walk. Munter then got Wright to hit into an inning-ending force play grounder.
Oliver retired Winn on a fly ball to center fielder Chavez to start the bottom of the 11th. He followed up by getting Alou for a ground out to Wright at third. Darren then retired Bonds on a line drive to Chavez for the final out of the game. The Mets had an extra-inning victory to close out the series.