April 4, 1998: Mets Beat Pirates in 13
|Date: April 4, 1998|
|Mets starter: Dave Mlicki|
|Winning pitcher: Turk Wendell|
|Key player(s): Rich Becker, John Olerud|
|Key play: Becker's single in 13th, Olerud's double in 9th|
The Mets and Pirates faced each other on a Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The game went into extra innings following a Mets' comeback to tie it up. It ended when the Mets scored in the 13th for a 7-6 win.
The Pirates got three runs in the first two innings against Dave Mlicki. In the first, two hit batsmen and a single loaded the bases for Pittsburgh before Jermaine Allensworth singled to score Jason Kendall. Freddy Garcia tripled to lead off the second and scored on Mlicki's wild pitch. Pittsburgh added another run on Al Martin's single that brought home Jon Leiber.
John Olerud singled and Rich Becker homered to give the Mets two runs off Leiber in the fourth. Pittsburgh then scored twice in the sixth on back-to-back doubles by Garcia and Kevin Polcovich followed by a Tony Womack single off reliever Dennis Cook that scored Polcovich. In the seventh, the Pirates got another run on Garcia's double off John Hudek that brought home Allensworth to make the score 6-2.
Bernard Gilkey walked with the bases loaded in the eighth for the Mets' third run of the game. In the ninth, Pittsburgh reliever Rich Loiselle walked Tim Spehr to start the inning. Brian McRae followed with a single and Edgardo Alfonzo walked to load the bases for New York. Olerud then smacked a double to left field, scoring Spehr and McRae to reduce the Pirates' lead to 6-5. Alfonzo then scored the tying run on Butch Huskey's ground out. The Mets loaded the bases again in the inning, but Loiselle got Rey Ordonez on a force play to end it.
John Franco and Turk Wendell shut down the Pirates over the next four innings. Alfonzo then led off the bottom of the 13th with a single off Pittsburgh's Chris Peters. Olerud got another single and Huskey was walked intentionally to load the bases. Becker came to bat and lined a pitch from Peters into left field for a single. Alfonzo came home with the winning run, giving the Mets a dramatic come-from-behind victory.