August 25, 2001: Ordonez's Single Beats Giants in 11th

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Date: August 25, 2001
Mets starter: Steve Trachsel
Mets: 3
Giants: 2
Winning pitcher: Jerrod Riggan
Key player(s): Rey Ordonez, Jay Payton, Steve Trachsel
Key play: Ordonez’s single in 11th

The Mets faced the Giants on a Saturday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played an extra-inning game in front of 48,298 fans on hand. In the 11th, Rey Ordonez singled to drive in the winning run for a 3-2 Mets victory over San Francisco.

Mets’ starter Steve Trachsel struck out Jeff Kent to end a scoreless top of the first inning. In the bottom half, Edgardo Alfonzo got a one-out single against the Giants’ Jason Schmidt. Mike Piazza singled to left field and Alfonzo moved from second to third base on Robin Ventura’s fly out to center fielder Marvin Benard. A single by Todd Zeile scored Alfonzo for the first run of the game. Jay Payton followed with a single to drive home Piazza and make it a 2-0 Mets lead. Schmidt then retired Desi Relaford on ground ball to first baseman J. T. Snow to close out the inning.

Trachsel threw a called third strike past John Vander Wal to begin the top of the second. Snow homered for the first San Francisco run and Benito Santiago hit a double to center field. Trachsel responded by getting Ramon Martinez and Schmidt on called third strikes to end the inning. The Mets were retired in order by Schmidt in the bottom half. From the third inning to the sixth, Trachsel struck out six Giants batters in pitching shutout ball. Schmidt answered with four scoreless bottom halves, holding the Mets to two singles. Trachsel fanned Schmidt for his eleventh strikeout of the game to finish off a scoreless top of the seventh. In the bottom of the inning, Relaford got a leadoff single and advanced to second base on Joe McEwing’s sacrifice bunt. Giants’ reliever Jason Christiansen came in to pitch and got pinch-hitter Tsuyoshi Shinjo to fly out to right fielder Vander Wal. Christiansen then retired Matt Lawton on an inning-ending fly ball to Benard.

With two outs in the top of the eighth, Barry Bonds and Kent got back-to-back singles against Mets’ reliever Rick White. Vander Wal followed with another single to score Bonds and tie the game at 2-2. White got Snow on a called third strike for the final out of the inning. The Mets failed to score against San Francisco’s Felix Rodriguez in the bottom half. White hurled a scoreless top of the ninth. Giants’ reliever Tim Worrell then shut down the Mets in the bottom of the inning to send the game onward.

For the Mets, Armando Benitez set down all three San Francisco batters in the top of the 10th. Worrell pitched a scoreless bottom half and Kent singled against Mets’ reliever Jerrod Riggan to open the top of the 11th. A sacrifice bunt by Vander Wal moved Kent to second base and Snow was given an intentional walk. Santiago hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Ordonez for the second out and Martinez was walked intentionally to load the bases. Riggan then fanned pinch-hitter Shawon Dunston for the third out of the inning.

Giants’ reliever Robb Nen struck out Zeile to start the bottom of the 11th. Payton singled and advanced to second base on an ensuing single by Vance Wilson. Ordonez followed with a single to right field that drove home Payton and ended the game. The Mets had an exciting win in extra innings.