August 21, 2004: Mets Outlast Giants in 12

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Date: August 21, 2004
Mets starter: Tom Glavine
Mets: 11
Giants: 9
Winning pitcher: Mike Stanton
Key player(s): Cliff Floyd, David Wright, Jason Phillips
Key play: Floyd’s home run, Phillips’ single in 10th, Mohr’s error in 12th

The Mets and Giants played on a Saturday afternoon in San Francisco. The teams battled for more than four hours in an extra-inning game. The Mets emerged with an 11-9 win over the Giants.

San Francisco’s Brett Tomko pitched a scoreless top of the first inning. In the bottom half, Ray Durham hit a leadoff double against Mets’ starter Tom Glavine. Deivi Cruz followed with a single on which shortstop Wilson Delgado made an error that allowed Durham to score. With one out, Glavine walked Barry Bonds and gave up a double to Edgardo Alfonzo to bring home Cruz for the Giants’ second run. After walking Pedro Feliz to load the bases, Glavine retired the next two batters to end the inning.

After a scoreless second, Tomko shut down the Mets despite two hits and a wild pitch in the top of the third. Bonds tripled and scored on Alfonzo’s ensuing single to begin the bottom of the inning. Feliz reached first base on Delgado’s second error and Dustan Mohr grounded into a double play. Glavine then walked Yorvit Torrelalba and fanned Tomko for the third out.

In the top of the fourth, Cliff Floyd drew a leadoff walk and went to third base on Richard Hidalgo’s ensuing double. Mike Cameron singled to score Floyd for the Mets’ first run. Hidalgo came home from third on David Wright’s double play grounder. Jason Phillips hit a pop-up to first baseman Feliz for the final out of the inning. Glavine then set down San Francisco in order in the bottom half.

Delgado singled and went to second on Glavine’s sacrifice bunt to start the top of the fifth inning. Tomko walked Eric Valent and yielded a double to Danny Garcia that scored Delgado to tie the game. Floyd followed with a three-run homer that gave the Mets a 6-3 lead. Tomko then got Hidalgo on a pop-up to catcher Torrealba and retired Cameron on a grounder to shortstop Cruz to end the inning.

Three walks loaded the bases for the Giants with one out in the bottom of the fifth. Torrealba hit a single to center field to bring home Bonds and Feliz. Glavine retired the next two batters to close out the inning. Against Tyler Walker in the top of the sixth, Wright led off with a double and scored the Mets’ seventh run on Phillips’ ensuing single. Walker then finished the inning with no further scoring.

Cruz singled off Mets’ reliever Ricky Bottalico to begin the bottom of the sixth inning. Bonds hit a one-out double to score Cruz. Feliz walked with two outs and Mohr hit a single that brought home Bonds to tie the game at 7-7. Bottalico got Torrealba to hit into a force play for the third out of the inning. For San Francisco, Matt Herges pitched a scoreless top of the seventh. Mets’ relievers Pedro Feliciano and Mike DeJean then combined for a perfect bottom half.

Wright got an infield single off the Giants’ Jim Brower to start the top of the eighth inning. David moved to second on Phillips’ ground out to third baseman Alfonzo and scored the go-ahead run on Delgado’s single. Jeff Keppinger followed with a single for his first major league hit. Valent then hit into an inning-ending double play.

In the bottom of the eighth, the Giants loaded the bases with none out against DeJean. Braden Looper came in to pitch for the Mets. Looper got Feliz to hit into a double play on which Marquis Grissom crossed the plate to retie the game. Mohr lined out to center fielder Cameron for the third out. San Francisco reliever Dustin Hermanson shut down the Mets in the top of the ninth. Looper then pitched a scoreless bottom of the inning.

Wright doubled off the Giants’ Scott Eyre to begin the top of the 10th. Phillips followed with a single to score Wright and put the Mets ahead, 9-8. Eyre retired the next two batters and Kevin Correia struck out Looper for the third out. In the bottom of the inning, Grissom scored from third on Alfonzo’s double play grounder to retie the game for San Francisco once again.

After a scoreless 11th inning, Wright hit his third double of the game to lead off the top of the 12th. Vance Wilson was hit by a pitch and Delgado reached on a fielder’s choice to load the bases with none out. Keppinger hit a grounder to first where Feliz stepped on the base and threw home to get Wright for a double play. Correia then walked Gerald Williams (batting for pitcher Mike Stanton) to reload the bases for the Mets.

Todd Zeile hit a drive on which right fielder Mohr made an error. Wilson and Delgado came in to score and put the Mets ahead by two runs. On the play, Zeile was caught between first and second and tagged by Cruz for the third out. Bartolome Fortunato then came in to pitch for the Mets in the bottom of the inning.

Fortunato began the 12th with a strikeout of Durham. A single by Cruz followed and Grissom came to bat. Fortunato got Grissom to hit a grounder to Delgado for a game-ending double play. The Mets had a hard-fought extra-inning victory.

Notes

  • The save for Fortunato was the only one of his major league career.