August 15, 2000: Zeile's Homer Gives Mets Sweep

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Date: August 15, 2000
Mets starter: Bobby Jones
Mets: 4
Rockies: 3
Winning pitcher: Bobby Jones
Key player(s): Todd Zeile
Key play: Zeile’s home run

The Mets and Rockies played a doubleheader on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. After winning the opener, the Mets aimed for a sweep of the twinbill. Todd Zeile’s home run broke an eighth-inning tie to give the Mets a 4-3 win over Colorado.

In the first inning, Juan Pierre led off with a single against Mets’ starter Bobby Jones. Pierre stole second base and later scored on a one-out double by Todd Helton. Jones retired the next two batters and the Rockies’ John Wasdin shut down the Mets in the bottom half. Neither team scored a run in the second and Jones pitched a scoreless top of the third. The Mets then tied the game on Lenny Harris’s single that brought home Kurt Abbott in the bottom of the inning.

Jones pitched a perfect top of the fourth. In the bottom half, Mike Piazza and Zeile led off with back-to-back singles and Jay Payton hit into a force play. Bubba Trammell hit a sacrifice fly to score Piazza and put the Mets ahead by a run. Wasdin fanned Abbott for the third out and Jones held Colorado scoreless in the top of the fifth. The Mets extended their lead to 3-1 in the bottom half on Benny Agbayani’s double that scored Harris.

Helton hit a solo home run off Jones with one out in the top of the sixth inning. Bobby retired the next two batters and Rockies’ reliever Mike DeJean pitched a 1-2-3 bottom half. To begin the seventh, Todd Hollandsworth reached second base on errors by first baseman Zeile and right fielder Trammell. Hollandsworth later scored on an infield out to tie the game at 3-3. Jones retired pinch-hitter Butch Huskey on a grounder to Zeile for the final out of the inning. Colorado’s Bobby Chouinard then pitched a perfect bottom of the seventh.

Jones set down the Rockies in order in the top of the eighth inning. Chouinard retired Piazza to open the bottom half and Zeile came to bat. Todd hit a home run to give the Mets a one-run lead. Chouinard fanned Trammell in between singles by Payton and Abbott and reliever Gabe White struck out pinch-hitter Robin Ventura to end the inning.

Armando Benitez struck out Jeff Cirillo to begin the top of the ninth. He followed up by getting Larry Walker on a fly ball to left fielder Joe McEwing. Benitez then fanned Hollandsworth for the final out of the game. The Mets had a sweep of the doubleheader.