August 4, 1998: Mets Defeat Giants in 10 Innings

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Date: August 4, 1998
Mets starter: Al Leiter
Mets: 7
Giants: 6
Winning pitcher: Dennis Cook
Key player(s): Brian McRae, Todd Pratt, Luis Lopez, Lenny Harris
Key play: Pratt’s and Lopez’s doubles, Harris’s walk

The Mets faced the Giants on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. The Mets scored a run in the 10th inning for a 7-6 win over San Francisco.

After two scoreless innings, Mark Gardner drew a walk with one out in the top of the third. Shawon Dunston was hit by a pitch and Ellis Burks singled to load the bases. Barry Bonds hit a single to score Gardner and Dunston for a 2-0 Giants lead. With Jeff Kent at bat, Burks got caught in a rundown on a steal attempt and was tagged out by second baseman Carlos Baerga. Mets’ starter Al Leiter retired Kent on an inning-ending pop-up to first baseman John Olerud. Gardner then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Leiter and Gardner each pitched scoreless fourth and fifth innings. Joe Carter hit a one-out double in the top of the sixth. Brent Mayne doubled to bring home Carter and scored the fourth San Francisco run on a single by Rich Aurilia. Trying to advance on his own hit, Aurilia was out via a throw by left fielder Todd Hundley to Baerga. Leiter then got Gardner to line out to right fielder Tony Phillips and finish off the inning.

Brian McRae singled to open the bottom of the sixth. Hundley was retired on a pop-up to second baseman Kent. McRae stole second base and Baerga was hit by a pitch. Luis Lopez hit a single to load the bases and Gardner was replaced on the mound by Giants’ reliever Rich Rodriguez. Pinch-hitter Todd Pratt greeted Rodriguez with a single that brought home McRae and Baerga. Phillips doubled to plate Lopez and send Pratt to third. Edgardo Alfonzo grounded out to shortstop Aurilia to score Pratt and tie the game at 4-4. Rodriguez then got Olerud to ground out to Kent and finish off the inning.

Mets’ reliever Turk Wendell pitched a perfect top of the seventh. McRae singled with one out in the bottom half. Hundley followed with a single on which left fielder Bonds made an error that allowed McRae to advance to third base. Baerga grounded out to Kent to drive home McRae and put the Mets ahead by a run. Lopez doubled to score pinch-runner Lenny Harris for a 6-4 New York lead. Rodriguez then retired Wendell on a ground ball to Kent for the inning’s final out.

Wendell set down the side in order in the top of the eighth. San Francisco reliever John Johnstone hurled a scoreless bottom half. Aurilia doubled against the Mets’ John Franco with one out in the top of the ninth. J. T. Snow singled to score Aurilia and reduce the Mets’ lead to one run. Dunston hit a force play grounder to shortstop Rey Ordonez. With Burks at bat, Dunston reached second base on Ordonez’s error of a pickoff attempt. Burks drew a walk and a single by Bonds scored Dunston to tie the game at 6-6. Franco got Kent to hit a force play grounder to Ordonez for the third out of the inning. Giants’ reliever Jose Mesa then gave up just a single to Harris in the bottom half.

Mets’ reliever Dennis Cook hurled a perfect top of the 10th. Phillips hit a leadoff single in the bottom of the inning. A wild pitch moved Phillips to second base and Alfonzo drew a walk. Olerud singled to load the bases and Mike Piazza hit a ground ball on which Aurilia threw to catcher Doug Mirabelli for an out at home on Phillips. McRae followed with a grounder on which a throw from first baseman Snow to Mirabelli caught Alfonzo at the plate. Mesa then issued a walk to Harris that brought home Olerud with the winning run. The Mets had come away with an extra-inning victory.