July 13, 1997: Huskey and Ochoa Slug Braves
|Date: July 13, 1997|
|Mets starter: Bobby Jones|
|Winning pitcher: Greg McMichael|
|Key player(s): Butch Huskey, Alex Ochoa|
|Key play: Huskey's two homers, Ochoa's home run|
The Mets and Braves concluded a four-game series in Atlanta on a Sunday night. The Braves got out to a big lead, but the Mets came back with some heavy hitting from Butch Huskey. They came away with a 7-6 win on a home run by Alex Ochoa in the tenth inning.
The Braves got to Mets' starter Bobby Jones in the bottom of the first. Mark Lemke drew a one-out walk and moved to second base on a ground out. Lemke scored on a single by Fred McGriff for the first Atlanta run. Ryan Klesko followed with another single and Andruw Jones hit a two-run double. Andruw Jones came home on Eddie Perez's single and Denny Neagle added a double for two more runs. When the inning ended, the Braves had a 6-0 lead.
Neagle walked Todd Hundley to lead off the top of the second inning. With one out, Huskey hammered a home run for the Mets' first two runs of the game. In the bottom of the inning, Bobby Jones got McGriff to hit into a double play and retired the Braves with three ground outs in the third.
In the fourth, Hundley again drew a leadoff walk from Neagle. Bernard Gilkey followed with a single and Huskey stepped up to the plate. Butch hit his second home run of the game to cut the Atlanta lead to 6-5. The Mets tied the game in the fifth when Manny Alexander led off with a double and scored on second baseman Lemke's error of a ball hit by John Olerud. Bobby Jones then shut down the Braves through the end of the seventh.
Neither team scored in the eighth and ninth innings. In the top of the tenth, Ochoa came up to pinch-hit for reliever Greg McMichael. Facing Atlanta's Mike Bielecki, Alex hit a home run to put the Mets on top by a run. John Franco then shut down the Braves in the bottom half to end the game. The Mets had an amazing comeback victory with slugging from Huskey and Ochoa.