August 13, 1997: Huskey's Single in 10th Beats Cardinals
|Date: August 13, 1997|
|Mets starter: Brian Bohanon|
|Winning pitcher: Cory Lidle|
|Key player(s): John Olerud, Edgardo Alfonzo, Butch Huskey|
|Key play: Olerud’s RBI singles, Huskey’s single|
The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Wednesday night in St. Louis. The teams played the second of three games in a series at Busch Memorial Stadium. Butch Huskey hit a run-scoring single in the 10th inning for a 5-4 Mets win over the Redbirds.
Brian McRae doubled against Cards’ starter Todd Stottlemyre to lead off the top of the first. Edgardo Alfonzo got an infield single and John Olerud singled to drive home McRae. Todd Hundley followed with a double that scored Alfonzo and sent Olerud to third base. Carlos Baerga hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Olerud for a 3-0 Mets lead. Stottlemyre then struck out Bernard Gilkey and retired Alex Ochoa on a fly ball to center fielder Ray Lankford for the third out.
Delino De Shields singled against Mets’ starter Brian Bohanon to begin the bottom of the first. Brian Jordan was retired on a line drive to center fielder McRae. Lankford grounded out to third baseman Alfonzo and a home run by Mark McGwire reduced the Mets’ lead to 3-2. Bohanon then issued a walk to Ron Gant and got Gary Gaetti on a fly ball to right fielder Ochoa that ended the inning.
Stottlemyre and Bohanon each pitched scoreless ball from the second inning to the fourth. Alfonzo reached second base on Lankford’s error to open the top of the fifth. Olerud singled to score Alfonzo with the Mets’ fourth run of the game. Hundley hit a ground ball to second baseman DeShields for a double play and Baerga grounded out to first baseman McGwire to end the inning. Bohanon hurled a scoreless bottom half and Stottlemyre set down the side in order in the top of the sixth. To begin the bottom of the inning, McGwire singled to right field. Consecutive infield ground outs by Gaetti and Gant moved McGwire around to third. Mike DiFelice singled to plate McGwire and cut the New York lead to 4-3. Bohanon then retired Royce Clayton on a grounder to first baseman Olerud to close out the inning.
Stottlemyre surrendered just a walk to McRae in the top of the seventh. Pinch-hitter Willie McGee doubled against Mets’ reliever Greg McMichael to lead off the bottom half. DeShields got a bunt single to advance McGee to third base and stole second. Jordan was retired on a fly ball to Ochoa, who followed up with a throw to catcher Hundley for an out at home on McGee and a double play. McMichael then got Lankford to ground out to Alfonzo and finish off the inning.
Cardinals’ relievers Rigo Beltran and John Frascatore combined for a scoreless top of the eighth. Leading off the bottom half, McGwire homered against the Mets’ Mel Rojas to tie the game at 4-4. Gant grounded out to shortstop Rey Ordonez and a pop-up by Gaetti was caught by Olerud. Rojas struck out DiFelice to end the inning and Frascatore set down the Mets on three straight infield ground balls in the top of the ninth. McGee doubled against New York’s Cory Lidle to open the bottom half. DeShields hit a single to send McGee to third base and stole second. Lidle then fanned pinch-hitter John Mabry and retired Lankford on a grounder to second baseman Baerga that finished off the inning.
Alfonzo drew a walk against St. Louis reliever Tony Fossas to open the top of the 10th. Olerud singled and Hundley’s ground out to shortstop Clayton advanced the runners to second and third base. As a pinch-hitter for Baerga, Huskey came to bat against the Cards’ Curtis King. Butch delivered a single that scored Alfonzo and put the Mets ahead by a run. Gilkey followed with a ground ball on which third baseman Gaetti threw to catcher DiFelice for an out at home on Olerud. King then got Ochoa on a line drive to Clayton for the inning’s final out.
Mets’ reliever John Franco struck out McGwire to start the bottom of the 10th. Consecutive singles by Gant and Gaetti ensued. Franco then got pinch-hitter Danny Sheaffer to hit a grounder to second baseman Shawn Gilbert for a game-ending double play. The Mets had come away with an extra-inning victory.