August 20, 2005: Woodward's Single Beats Nats in 10th
|Date: August 20, 2005|
|Mets starter: Pedro Martinez|
|Winning pitcher: Roberto Hernandez|
|Key player(s): David Wright, Brian Schneider, Chris Woodward|
|Key play: Mets’ home runs, Schneider’s double in 9th, Woodward’s single in 10th|
The Mets faced the Nationals on a Saturday night at Shea Stadium. After building up an eight-run lead on three home runs, the Mets found themselves tied with the Nats at the end of nine innings. A run-scoring single by Chris Woodward in the 10th gave the Mets a 9-8 win over Washington.
After a scoreless first inning, Mets’ starter Pedro Martinez shut down the Nationals again in the top of the second. David Wright hit a single off Washington starter Livan Hernandez with one out in the bottom half. Marlon Anderson drew a walk and Ramon Castro hit a three-run homer. Victor Diaz singled and moved to second base on Martinez’s sacrifice bunt. An ensuing home run by Jose Reyes extended the Mets’ lead to 5-0. Hernandez then retired Miguel Cairo on a ground ball to shortstop Christian Guzman to end the inning.
Martinez pitched a perfect top of the third. To begin the bottom half, Carlos Beltran and Cliff Floyd got back-to-back singles off Hernandez. Wright followed with a three-run homer that increased the Mets’ lead to eight runs. Hernandez was replaced by Nats’ reliever John Halama, who completed the inning with no further scoring. Martinez yielded only a single to Brian Schneider in a scoreless top of the fourth and Halama pitched a perfect bottom of the inning. Martinez and Halama then allowed two hits each while pitching scoreless ball in the fifth and sixth.
Mets’ reliever Danny Graves walked Schneider to open the top of the seventh inning. Schneider went to second on Tony Blanco’s ground out to second baseman Kazuo Matsui. An error by shortstop Reyes allowed Guzman to reach base and pinch-hitter Carlos Baerga doubled to score Schneider. A walk to Brad Wilkerson loaded the bases and Jamey Carroll singled to bring home Guzman with the Nationals’ second run. Graves was then replaced on the mound by Dae-Sung Koo.
Koo fanned Nick Johnson for the second out of the inning. Ryan Church followed with a single that scored Baerga and Wilkerson. Reliever Aaron Heilman hit Preston Wilson with a pitch to reload the bases for Washington. Schneider singled to plate Carroll and Church, cutting the Mets’ lead to 8-6. Blanco hit a ground ball to Reyes for the third out. Nationals’ relievers Hector Carrasco and Luis Ayala then combined to shut down the Mets in the bottom of the inning.
Following a scoreless eighth inning, Mets’ reliever Braden Looper retired the first two Washington batters in the top of the ninth. Church and Wilson hit back-to-back singles to keep the Nats’ chances alive. Schneider followed with a two-run double to tie the game at 8-8. Looper retired pinch-hitter Gary Bennett on a fly ball to left fielder Floyd to end the inning. Nationals’ reliever Gary Majewski then set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the bottom half.
For the Mets, Roberto Hernandez pitched a scoreless top of the 10th inning. In the bottom half, Majewski walked Gerald Williams with one out. Matsui flied out to Church in right field and Reyes drew a walk. Pinch-hitter Woodward then delivered a single to score Williams and end the game. Despite an evaporated eight-run lead, the Mets had a victory in extra-innings.