August 1, 1998: Franco and Alfonzo in 9th
|Date: August 1, 1998|
|Mets starter: Rick Reed|
|Winning pitcher: Rick Reed|
|Key player(s): Matt Franco, Edgardo Alfonzo|
|Key play: Franco's homer, Alfonzo's double|
The Mets and Dodgers faced each other on a Saturday night at Shea Stadium. The game was scoreless before Los Angeles scored a run in the top of the eighth inning. The Mets then pulled it out in the ninth for a 2-1 win.
Rick Reed and the Dodgers' Carlos Perez hooked up in a pitchers' duel. Through seven innings, Reed allowed only four hits while Perez gave up only two to the Mets. The Dodgers had a runner on third base with one out in the seventh, but Reed got through the threat with a strikeout and an inning-ending ground out.
A double by Eric Young scored Alex Cora to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead in the eighth. The Mets put two runners on base in the bottom half, but failed to score. Reed then retired the Dodgers with no runs in the top of the ninth.
Jeff Shaw came in to relieve for Los Angeles in the last half of the ninth. Shaw retired Luis Lopez on a pop up before pinch-hitter Matt Franco clouted a home run to tie the game. Todd Hundley followed with a walk and Shaw got Tony Phillips on a called third strike. Edgardo Alfonzo then ripped a double to center field, scoring Hundley from first base to end the game. The Mets had a dramatic victory with two clutch extra-base hits.