August 21, 1995: Mets Beat Giants in 11 Innings
|Date: August 21, 1995|
|Mets starter: Bill Pulsipher|
|Winning pitcher: Paul Byrd|
|Key player(s): Joe Orsulak, Jose Vizcaino, Carl Everett|
|Key play: Everett's homers, Orsulak's double & Vizcaino's single|
The Mets and Giants played on a Monday night at Shea Stadium. The teams began a three-game series with an extra-inning encounter. In the 11th inning, the Mets came from behind for a 5-4 win over San Francisco.
The Mets scored twice over the first three innings against Giants' starter Jamie Brewington. Ryan Thompson's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the second brought home Jeff Kent for a 1-0 Mets lead. In the third, Carl Everett homered for another New York run. Meanwhile, Bill Pulsipher retired San Francisco in order twice and got Kirt Manwaring for an inning-ending double play in the top of the second.
Pulsipher and Brewington both pitched scoreless ball from the fourth inning to the sixth. Bill held the Giants without a hit and struck out Matt Williams to end the sixth. Brewington prevented the Mets from increasing their lead despite giving up two hits and three walks. In the top of the seventh, Royce Clayton hit a home run off Pulsipher. The Mets responded in the bottom half when Everett hit his second homer of the game to make the score 3-1 in favor of the Mets.
Pinch-hitting for Brewington, Steve Scarsone doubled to lead off the top of the eighth inning. Deion Sanders reached on an error by second baseman Kent to put runners at first and third base. With Jerry DiPoto on in relief of Pulsipher, Sanders was caught stealing on catcher Kelly Stinnett's throw to shortstop Jose Vizcaino. DiPoto struck out Robby Thompson before giving up a single to Barry Bonds that scored Scarsone. After Bonds stole second, Williams singled to bring him home and tie the game at 3-3. DiPoto then got Mark Carreon to fly out to right fielder Everett and end the inning.
Giants' reliever Chris Hook pitched a perfect bottom of the eighth. DiPoto set down San Francisco in the top of the ninth and Hook pitched scoreless ball again in the bottom half. In the 10th, Mets' reliever Don Florence shut down the Giants without a run or a hit. San Francisco's Scott Service then held the Mets without a run in the bottom of the inning.
Williams and Carreon singled off Florence to begin the top of the 11th inning. Reliever Paul Byrd walked Glenallen Hill to load the bases with none out. Byrd struck out Clayton and then committed a balk that allowed pinch-runner Mike Benjamin to score and give the Giants a 4-3 lead. After hitting Tom Lampkin with a pitch to reload the bases, Byrd retired the next two batters to close out the inning with no further scoring.
San Francisco reliever Rod Beck caught Butch Huskey's pop-up to start the bottom of the 11th inning. Stinnett followed with a single and pinch-hitter Chris Jones struck out. With the Mets on the brink of defeat, Joe Orsulak hit a double that scored pinch-runner Damon Buford from first base to tie the game. Vizcaino followed with a single to bring home Orsulak with the winning run. The Mets had come up with a miracle victory.
- The win for Byrd was the first of his major league career.