April 30, 2000: Mets Outlast Rockies in Slugfest
|Date: April 30, 2000|
|Mets starter: Al Leiter|
|Winning pitcher: Al Leiter|
|Key player(s): Edgardo Alfonzo, Todd Pratt, Todd Zeile, Melvin Mora|
|Key play: Mets’ home runs|
The Mets faced the Rockies on a Sunday afternoon in Colorado. The teams combined for 25 runs and 25 hits in the finale of a three-game series. The Mets came away with a 14-11 win.
Rockies’ starter Brian Bohanon gave up only a single to Edgardo Alfonzo in the top of the first inning. The Mets’ Al Leiter retired the side in order in the bottom half and Todd Zeile doubled to lead off the top of the second. Zeile advanced to third base on Todd Pratt’s ground out to second baseman Mike Lansing and came home on Melvin Mora’s sacrifice fly. Rey Ordonez went down on strikes to end the inning and Leiter pitched a scoreless bottom half. Bohanon struck out all three batters in the top of the third and Neifi Perez hit a double to begin the bottom of the inning. Ben Petrick and Bohanon were retired on consecutive infield ground balls and Leiter fanned Tom Goodwin for the inning’s third out.
Alfonzo drew a walk to open the top of the fourth. Robin Ventura flied out to left fielder Terry Shumpert and a two-run homer by Zeile ensued. Pratt singled and Mora slugged a home run to increase the Mets’ lead to 5-0. Ordonez grounded out to shortstop Perez and a fly ball by Leiter was caught by Shumpert to finish off the inning. Larry Walker got a one-out single in the bottom half. Jeff Cirillo doubled to score Walker and a walk to Todd Helton followed. Shumpert hit a force play grounder to third baseman Ventura. Leiter then got Perez to line out to second baseman Alfonzo and end the inning.
Bohanon surrendered only a walk to Benny Agbayani in the top of the fifth. Petrick tripled to lead off the bottom half. Pinch-hitter Aaron Ledesma lined out to Alfonzo and a sacrifice fly by Goodwin drove home Petrick. Lansing grounded out to shortstop Rey Ordonez to finish off the inning. With one out in the top of the sixth, Pratt homered against Colorado reliever Giovanni Carrara for a 6-2 Mets lead. Mora was struck out and Ordonez hit a single. Carrara threw a called third strike past Leiter to close out the inning. Al then held the Mountain Men to a single by Cirillo in the bottom half.
Agbayani singled to begin the top of the seventh. Benny stole second base and Derek Bell drew a walk. Alfonzo hit a single to drive home Agbayani. On the play, Shumpert made an error that allowed Bell to score and Alfonzo to advance to second base. Ventura was given an intentional walk and Zeile was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Walker, after which Alfonzo moved to third. Pratt hit a sacrifice fly to plate Alfonzo and extend the Mets’ lead to 9-2. Mora drew a walk and Carrara got Ordonez on a fly ball to Shumpert that ended the inning.
Perez homered to lead off the bottom of the seventh. Petrick went down on strikes and pinch-hitter Jeffrey Hammonds was hit by a pitch. Goodwin hit a single and Lansing flied out to center fielder Mora. Walker grounded out to first baseman Zeile to end the inning and Bell got a two-out single against Rockies’ reliever Stan Belinda in the top of the eighth. Alfonzo connected for a two-run homer for an 11-3 Mets lead. Ventura drew a walk and Zeile doubled. Belinda then retired Pratt on a ground ball to third baseman Cirillo for the inning’s final out.
Cirillo reached on shortstop Ordonez’s error to open the bottom of the eighth. Helton drew a walk and Shumpert singled to bring home Cirillo. On the play, left fielder Jon Nunnally made an error that allowed Helton to score and Shumpert to go to third base. Leiter was replaced on the mound by Mets’ reliever Turk Wendell, who retired Perez on a grounder to Ventura. Petrick was hit by a pitch and pinch-hitter Darren Bragg drew a walk to load the bases. Against New York’s Dennis Cook, Goodwin slugged a grand slam to reduce the Mets’ lead to 11-9. Cook then retired Lansing and Walker on consecutive infield ground balls to finish off the inning.
Mora drew a walk against Colorado reliever Jose Jimenez to begin the top of the ninth. Melvin advanced to second base on catcher Petick’s passed ball and to third on Ordonez’s sacrifice bunt. On a walk to Matt Franco, Mora came home via a wild pitch. Nunnally lined out to center fielder Goodwin and a single by Bell ensued. Alfonzo and Ventura hit consecutive singles that scored Franco and Bell, respectively, for a 14-9 Mets lead. Jimenez then retired pinch-hitter Kurt Abbott on a grounder to Perez to end the inning.
Mets’ reliever Armando Benitez struck out Cirillo to start the bottom of the ninth. Helton drew a walk and Shumpert followed with a two-run homer. Perez was called out on strikes and Benitez got Petrick on a fly ball to right fielder Bell for the final out of the game. The Mets had emerged with a victory in a Coors Field slugfest.