July 9, 2000: Hampton and Benitez Shut Out Yanks
|Date: July 9, 2000|
|Mets starter: Mike Hampton|
|Winning pitcher: Mike Hampton|
|Key player(s): Mike Hampton, Armando Benitez, Todd Zeile|
|Key play: Zeile's home run in 4th|
The Mets faced the Yankees on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams concluded a Subway Series in front of 54,286 fans. Mike Hampton and Armando Benitez combined on a seven-hit shutout for a 2-0 Mets win over their cross-city rivals.
Neither team got a run in the first three innings of the game. Hampton struck out five batters and allowed two hits while Pettitte gave up four hits in keeping the Mets scoreless. In the top of the fourth, Mike picked off Paul O'Neill at first base and again shut down the Yanks. The Mets then took a 1-0 lead on a home run by Todd Zeile in the bottom of the inning.
In the fifth and sixth, Hampton struck out Pettitte and O'Neill while pitching two more scoreless innings. Pettitte, meanwhile, struck out Derek Bell and Zeile in shutting down the Mets without a hit. Hampton got Tino Martinez to hit into a double play in the top of the seventh inning and held the Yanks scoreless again. Pettitte was replaced by Yankees' reliever Jeff Nelson with Todd Pratt on second base and one out in the bottom half.
With Melvin Mora at bat, Pratt advanced to third base on Nelson's wild pitch. Mora followed with a sacrifice fly to bring home Pratt with the Mets' second run of the game. Nelson retired Bell on a ground ball to third baseman Scott Brosius to end the inning. Benitez then came into the game and kept the Yankees scoreless in the top of the eighth.
The Mets failed to score in the bottom of the eighth inning. In the ninth, Benitez retired O'Neill and yielded a single to Bernie Williams. He fanned Jorge Posada for the second out of the inning. After walking Martinez, Armando got Felix Jose on a ground ball to first baseman Zeile to end the game. The Mets had a victory over the Yanks to end the series.