June 15, 2002: Estes Homers in Win Over Clemens
|Date: June 15, 2002|
|Mets starter: Shawn Estes|
|Winning pitcher: Shawn Estes|
|Key player(s): Shawn Estes, Rey Ordonez|
|Key play: Ordonez's run in 3rd, Estes's home run in 5th|
A crowd of 54,347 came out to Shea Stadium for the Mets' game against the Yankees. Looking for revenge of pitcher Roger Clemens (who foolishly threw a broken bat at Mike Piazza in the 2000 World Series), the Mets banged out 10 hits on their way to an 8-0 win. Shawn Estes led the charge with eleven strikeouts and a home run off Clemens.
Things started to heat up in the top of the third inning. With the designated hitter rule not in effect at Shea, Clemens came up to bat against Estes with one out. Shawn's first pitch went directly at Clemens' knees. Noticing the Mets' attempt to get even amid the situation, home plate umpire Wally Bell issued a warning to both teams.
The Mets scored in the bottom of the third - with a little help from Clemens. Rey Ordonez led off with a double and went to third base on Estes's sacrifice bunt. Clemens had forgotten to cover home on the bunt, allowing Ordonez to score easily and give the Mets a 1-0 lead. Estes then held the Yanks scoreless in the fourth and fifth innings, striking out four batters in the process.
In the bottom of the fifth, Roger Cedeno doubled to start the inning. Ordonez flied out and Estes stepped up to the plate. Shawn clouted a two-run homer off Clemens to increase the Mets' lead to 3-0. The Yankees then loaded the bases in the top of the sixth, but failed to score against Estes.
The victim of Clemens' immature act of two years earlier, Piazza got sweet revenge with a leadoff homer off Roger in the bottom of the sixth. Clemens faced two more batters before being removed with his team four runs behind. Estes followed up with a scoreless seventh inning.
Scott Strickland and Mark Guthrie combined to shut down the Yankees in the top of the eighth. In the bottom half, Jeromy Burnitz singled off reliever Sterling Hitchcock to score Piazza. Following Cedeno's single to load the bases, Ordonez walloped a triple off Mike Thurman to bring home three more Met runs. Guthrie then set down the Yanks in the ninth, ending the game with a double play grounder by Ron Coomer. It was a day of sweet revenge for the Mets.