August 15, 2000: Mets Come Back for Win Over Rockies

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Date: August 15, 2000
Mets starter: Pat Mahomes
Mets: 7
Rockies: 5
Winning pitcher: Dennis Cook
Key player(s): Edgardo Alfonzo, Todd Pratt
Key play: Alfonzo’s double, Mets’ walks in 7th

The Mets faced the Rockies in a doubleheader on a Tuesday evening. The teams played a three-hour and 25-minute opener of the twinbill at Shea Stadium. The Mets came from behind for a 7-5 win over Colorado.

Pat Mahomes and the Rockies’ Pedro Astacio each pitched a scoreless first inning. To begin the top of the second, Jeffrey Hammonds singled and stole second base. An ensuing double by Todd Helton scored Hammonds for a 1-0 Colorado lead. Todd Walker flied out to left fielder Darryl Hamilton and a walk to Terry Shumpert followed. Mahomes retired Brent Mayne and Astacio on consecutive infield ground balls to close out the inning. The Mets were then shut down by Astacio in the bottom half.

After a scoreless third, Helton hit his second double leading off the top of the fourth. Todd Walker doubled to drive home Helton and stole third base. Shumpert went down on strikes and Mayne was given an intentional walk. Astacio grounded out to shortstop Mike Bordick to drive home Todd Walker and increase the Rockies’ lead to 3-0. Mahomes got Juan Pierre on an inning-ending line drive to center fielder Jay Payton and the Mets loaded the bases with none out in the bottom half. Astacio then recorded strikeouts of Todd Zeile and Payton and retired Bordick on a liner to shortstop Neifi Perez to end the inning.

Mahomes set down the Mountain Men on three consecutive outfield fly balls in the top of the fifth. To open the bottom half, Todd Pratt singled and moved to second base on Mahomes’ sacrifice bunt. Hamilton grounded out to second baseman Todd Walker and a walk to Derek Bell ensued. Edgardo Alfonzo hit a double to send home Pratt and Bell with the Mets’ first two runs of the game. On an ensuing single by Robin Ventura, Alfonzo was tagged out at home by catcher Mayne to finish off the inning. Mahomes retired all three Colorado batters in the top of the sixth. Astacio then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Mayne popped out to Bordick to begin the top of the seventh inning. Astacio reached on an error by Bordick and a force play grounder by Pierre ensued. Perez hit a double that scored Pierre for a 4-2 Rockies lead. Mahomes then was replaced on the mound by Mets’ reliever Dennis Cook, who got Larry Walker to ground out to first baseman Zeile and bring the inning to an end.

Pratt doubled against Astacio to lead off the bottom of the seventh. Pinch-hitter Lenny Harris singled and Colorado’s Craig House issued a walk to Hamilton to load the bases. Bell was struck out and Alfonzo drew a walk to force home Pratt. Rockies’ reliever Mike Myers walked Ventura to score Harris and tie the game. Jose Jimenez came in to pitch for the Mountain Men and threw a wild pitch that plated Hamilton for a 5-4 Mets lead. Zeile drew a walk to reload the bases and Payton grounded out to Perez to drive home Alfonzo with the sixth New York run. Jimenez then retired Bordick on a ground ball to Perez for the final out of the inning.

Mets’ reliever John Franco shut down the Rockies in the top of the eighth. Pratt hit a leadoff single in the bottom half. Pinch-hitter Joe McEwing reached on an error by Jimenez that advanced Pratt to second base. With Hamilton at bat, Pratt went to third on Jimenez’s errant pickoff throw and scored on a wild pitch to increase the Mets’ lead to 7-4. Hamilton grounded out to second baseman Shumpert (who had shifted from third to replace Todd Walker.) Jimenez then got Bell to ground out to first baseman Helton and retired Alfonzo on a fly ball to left fielder Hammonds to end the inning.

Mayne singled against the Mets’ Armando Benitez to open the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Todd Hollandsworth went down on strikes and Pierre singled to left field. Perez was struck out and Larry Walker hit a single to bring home Mayne with the Rockies’ fifth run. Benitez then struck out Hammonds to end the game. The Mets had a comeback victory to start the doubleheader.