August 25, 2000: Mets Put Bite on Snakes
|Date: August 25, 2000|
|Mets starter: Rick Reed|
|Winning pitcher: Rick Reed|
|Key player(s): Jay Payton, Benny Agbayani, Todd Zeile|
|Key play: Payton’s single and double, Agbayani’s double|
The Mets faced the Diamondbacks on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. The Mets pounded out sixteen hits for a 13-3 win over Arizona.
Mets’ starter Rick Reed pitched a perfect top of the first inning. For the D’Backs, Randy Johnson held the Mets to a single by Edgardo Alfonzo in a scoreless bottom half. Reed shut down the Snakes again in the top of the second and Todd Zeile singled to begin the bottom of the inning. Benny Agbayani drew a walk and Jay Payton hit a single to score Zeile. Mike Bordick reached on an error by third baseman Matt Williams on which Agbayani came home from third. Reed’s ensuing sacrifice bunt put Mets runners at second and third. Joe McEwing followed with a sacrifice bunt to plate Payton for a 3-0 Mets lead. Johnson then retired Derek Bell on an inning-ending line drive to right fielder Danny Bautista.
Reed held the Diamondbacks to a double by Bautista in a scoreless top of the third inning. Alfonzo singled to lead off the bottom half. Mike Piazza reached on an error by Johnson that allowed Alfonzo to advance to third base. Zeile followed with a single to score Alfonzo and a walk to Agbayani loaded the bases. Payton hit a double to bring home Piazza and Zeile to stretch the Mets’ lead to 6-0. On the hit, Agbayani was out at home via a relay throw by second baseman Jay Bell to catcher Damian Miller. Arizona reliever Mike Morgan then threw a called third strike past Bordick and got Reed on a ground ball back to the mound to end the inning.
Reed pitched two-hit scoreless ball in the fourth and fifth innings. Morgan responded by limiting the Mets to three singles and no runs in the bottom halves. Jay Bell was hit by a pitch to begin the top of the sixth. Luis Gonzalez flied out to left fielder Agbayani and an error by shortstop Bordick allowed Williams on base. Steve Finley followed with a three-run homer. Greg Colbrunn grounded out to third baseman McEwing. Reed then got Miller on a called third strike for the inning’s final out.
Reed hit a single to open the bottom of the sixth. Rick moved to second base on McEwing’s sacrifice bunt and Morgan walked Derek Bell. Alfonzo hit a force play grounder to Williams and a walk to Piazza loaded the bases. Zeile drew a walk to force home Reed with the Mets’ seventh run of the game. Agbayani followed with a double to score Alfonzo, Piazza and Zeile to increase the Mets’ lead to 10-3. Snakes’ reliever Dan Plesac then came in to pitch and fanned Payton for the third out of the inning.
Reed retired all three Arizona batters in the top of the seventh. Bordick hit a single against Diamondbacks’ reliever Russ Springer to lead off the bottom half. Pinch-hitter Lenny Harris singled to send Bordick to third base and moved to second on a throw. McEwing went down on strikes and Derek Bell hit a sacrifice fly to drive home Bordick and send Harris to third. Consecutive walks to Alfonzo and Piazza loaded the bases. Springer then got Zeile to foul out to Bautista and end the inning.
Mets’ reliever Rick White shut down the D’Backs in the top of the eighth. Agbayani singled against Arizona’s Greg Swindell to begin the bottom half. Payton was struck out and Bordick hit a double to drive home Agbayani. Pinch-hitter Bubba Trammell singled for the Mets’ sixteenth hit to advance Bordick to third base. McEwing followed with a sacrifice fly to score Bordick with the thirteenth New York run. Swindell then fanned Derek Bell to close out the inning.
Miller drew a walk against Mets’ reliever Turk Wendell to start the top of the ninth. Bautista went down on strikes and David Dellucci hit a force play ground ball to Bordick. Wendell then retired Tony Womack on a game-ending grounder to second baseman Kurt Abbott. The Mets had a solid victory over the Snakes to begin the weekend series.