July 18, 2000: Mets Beat Jays in Hitting Festival

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Date: July 18, 2000
Mets starter: Bobby Jones
Mets: 11
Blue Jays: 7
Winning pitcher: Bobby Jones
Key player(s): Lenny Harris, Derek Bell, Mike Piazza, Edgardo Alfonzo
Key play: Mets’ home runs, Alfonzo’s single and double

The Mets faced the Blue Jays on a Tuesday night in Toronto. The teams played the finale of a three-game series at Skydome. In a game that featured a lot of hitting, the Mets came away with an 11-7 win.

Lenny Harris hit a home run against Jays’ starter Chris Carpenter to lead off the top of the first inning. Derek Bell grounded out to third baseman Tony Batista and a walk to Edgardo Alfonzo ensued. Mike Piazza flied out to right fielder Raul Mondesi and a called third strike was thrown past Todd Zeile for the third out. To begin the bottom half, Shannon Stewart doubled against the Mets’ Bobby Jones. Craig Grebeck hit a double to drive home Stewart with the tying run. Mondesi lined out to shortstop David Lamb and a strikeout of Carlos Delgado followed. Jones then issued a walk to Brad Fullmer and retired Batista on a pop-up to second baseman Joe McEwing to end the inning.

Carpenter pitched a perfect top of the second. Darrin Fletcher hit a double to open the bottom half. Jose Cruz, Jr. grounded out to McEwing to advance Fletcher to third base. Homer Bush went down on strikes and Stewart doubled to score Fletcher for a 2-1 Toronto lead. Jones then got Grebeck to ground out to third baseman Harris and finish off the inning.

Bell singled with two outs in the top of the third. Derek moved to second base on a wild pitch and came home on a single by Alfonzo. Piazza hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Greback that closed out the inning and Delgado drew a one-out walk in the bottom half. Delgado went to second on Fullmer’s ground out to first baseman Zeile and scored on Batista’s single to put the Jays ahead, 3-2. Jones then got Fletcher to fly out to right fielder Bell and end the inning.

Zeile drew a walk to lead off the top of the fourth. Jay Payton singled and Benny Agbayani walked to load the bases. McEwing followed with a force play ground ball to Grebeck that brought home Zeile and retied the game. With Lamb at bat, McEwing was caught stealing second on catcher Fletcher’s throw to Grebeck. Lamb was retired on a fly ball to Mondesi for the third out of the inning. Jones then held the Blue Jays to a double by Cruz in the bottom half.

To begin the top of the fifth, Harris walked and stole second base. Bell drew a walk and a walk to Alfonzo loaded the bases. Piazza hit a grand slam to give the Mets a 7-3 lead. Carpenter was replaced on the mound by Toronto reliever Leo Estrella, who surrendered a single to Zeile. Payton followed with a force play ground ball to second baseman Bush. With Agbayani at the plate, Payton was caught stealing on Fletcher’s throw to Bush. Agbayani singled and Estrella got McEwing to hit a force play grounder to Batista for the inning’s final out. With two outs in the bottom half, Fullmer homered for the Jays’ fourth run of the game. Batista walked and stole second. Jones then retired Fletcher on a pop-up to Harris that ended the inning.

Lamb hit a single to lead off the top of the sixth. On his own hit, David got caught off base and was tagged out by first baseman Delgado. Harris went down on strikes and Bell singled to right field. Alfonzo hit a double to drive home Bell and extend the Mets’ lead to 8-4. Piazza grounded back to Estrella to close out the inning and Jones gave up just a double to Stewart in the bottom half. Estrella pitched a perfect top of the seventh and Mondesi hit a home run to begin the bottom of the inning. Delgado doubled and Jones was replaced on the mound by Mets’ reliever Dennis Cook. Fullmer grounded out to Lamb to advance Delgado to third base. Cook then retired Batista and Fletcher on consecutive fly balls to center fielder Payton to end the inning.

Lamb drew a one-out walk against Blue Jays’ reliever Matt DeWitt in the top of the eighth. Harris followed with a double to drive home Lamb. Bell connected for a two-run homer (the Mets’ twelfth hit) that increased the New York lead to 11-5. DeWitt got Alfonzo to fly out to center fielder Cruz and retired Piazza on an inning-ending ground ball to Grebeck. To open the bottom half, Cruz tripled against the Mets’ Rich Rodriguez. Bush hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Cruz and a double by Stewart (his fourth and the Jays’ eighth) ensued. Stewart advanced to third base on Grebeck’s single and scored the seventh Toronto run on Mondesi’s force play grounder to Harris. Mets’ reliever John Franco retired Delgado on a line drive to Lamb to finish off the inning. For the Blue Jays, Lance Painter hurled a perfect top of the ninth.

Mets’ reliever Armando Benitez got Fullmer on a grounder to Zeile to start the bottom of the ninth inning. Batista grounded out to Harris. Benitez then retired Fletcher on a fly ball to left fielder Melvin Mora for the final out of the game. The Mets had a series-closing victory in a battle of hitters.

Notes

  • Lamb’s single was his only hit as a Met. David’s run scored was his only one with the team.