July 17, 2001: Mets Blank Jays for Series Sweep
|Date: July 17, 2001|
|Mets starter: Al Leiter|
|Blue Jays: 0|
|Winning pitcher: Al Leiter|
|Key player(s): Al Leiter, Mike Piazza|
|Key play: Piazza's single|
The Mets faced the Blue Jays on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets completed a series sweep with a 1-0 win over Toronto.
Jose Cruz, Jr. hit a one-out single against Mets' starter Al Leiter in the top of the first inning. Raul Mondesi reached on third baseman Robin Ventura's error and Carlos Delgado grounded to second baseman Edgardo Alfonzo for an inning-ending double play. Against the Jays' Chris Carpenter, Joe McEwing was hit by a pitch to begin the bottom half. Alfonzo got a bunt single and Benny Agbayani followed with a double play grounder back to Carpenter. Mike Piazza singled to drive home McEwing with the game's first run. Carpenter then retired Ventura on a fly ball to left fielder Shannon Stewart for the inning's third out.
Leiter and Carpenter each pitched scoreless ball from the second inning to the sixth. Pinch-hitter Chris Latham drew a walk to lead off the top of the seventh. Latham advanced to second base on Cesar Izturis's sacrifice bunt and to third on a single by pinch-hitter Tony Fernandez. Leiter retired Stewart on a line drive to shortstop Rey Ordonez, who followed with a throw to first baseman Todd Zeile for an out on Fernandez and an inning-ending double play. Toronto reliever Kelvim Escobar then set down the side in order in the bottom half.
Mets' relievers Turk Wendell and Dennis Cook combined for a scoreless top of the eighth. Escobar hurled a perfect bottom of the inning and Alex Gonzalez hit a single against New York's Armando Benitez to open the top of the ninth. Darrin Fletcher singled to send Gonzalez to third base and pinch-hitter Brad Fullmer went down on strikes. Pinch-hitter Jeff Frye was retired on a foul pop-up to Zeile. Benitez then struck out Stewart to end the game. The Mets had a victory and a sweep of the interleague series.