June 17, 2001: Six Runs in 8th Stun Yankees
|Date: June 17, 2001|
|Mets starter: Rick Reed|
|Winning pitcher: Turk Wendell|
|Key player(s): Benny Agbayani, Mike Piazza|
|Key play: Agbayani’s single, Piazza’s home run|
The Mets faced the Yankees on a Sunday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of their Subway Series if front of 54,399 fans on hand. The Mets scored six runs in the eighth inning for an 8-7 come-from-behind win.
Mets’ starter Rick Reed retired the first two batters in the top of the first inning. Bernie Williams followed with a home run and Tino Martinez hit a grounder to shortstop Rey Ordonez for the third out. In the bottom half, the Mets loaded the bases with two outs against the Yankees’ Ted Lilly. Joe McEwing drew a walk to force home Mike Piazza with the tying run. Desi Relaford grounded out to shortstop Derek Jeter to end the inning. Reed pitched a scoreless top of the second and Lilly set down the Mets in order in the bottom half. Reed retired the Yanks 1-2-3 in the top of the third. The Mets then failed to score against Lilly in the bottom of the inning.
To open the top of the fourth, Williams doubled and moved to third base on an ensuing single by Martinez. Jorge Posada singled to score Williams and send Martinez to third. A sacrifice fly by Paul O’Neill brought home Martinez for a 3-1 Yankees lead. Reed got Scott Brosius on a called third strike and Posada was caught stealing for the third out. Lilly pitched a scoreless bottom of the inning and Alfonso Soriano singled to lead off the top of the fifth. Soriano advanced to second on Lilly’s sacrifice bunt and scored on a triple by Jeter. Williams singled to plate Jeter with the Yanks’ fifth run of the game. Williams stole second and Martinez grounded out to second baseman Relaford to end the inning. Lilly then pitched a perfect bottom half.
Reed retired the Yankees in order in the top of the sixth. Lilly walked Todd Zeile to begin the bottom of the inning. Robin Ventura lined out to left fielder Chuck Knoblauch and a wild pitch moved Zeile to second base. McEwing drew a walk (Lilly’s eighth of the game) and Yanks’ reliever Brian Boehringer retired Relaford on a foul pop-up to third baseman Brosius. Ordonez hit a single to score Zeile with the Mets’ second run. Reliever Randy Choate then struck out pinch-hitter Todd Pratt to end the inning.
Mets’ reliever Rick White pitched a scoreless top of the seventh. Choate shut down the Mets in the bottom half and reliever Dennis Cook walked Posada with one out in the top of the eighth. O’Neill flied out to center fielder Tsuyoshi Shinjo and a walk to Brosius followed. Soriano doubled off reliever Turk Wendell to score Posada and Brosius, stretching the Yanks’ lead to 7-2. Choate then hit a ground ball to Relaford for the final out of the inning.
Ventura reached on an error by Jeter to start the bottom of the eighth. McEwing was hit by a pitch and Relaford singled to drive home Ventura. Ordonez walked to load the bases and Mark Johnson took a called third strike. Benny Agbayani hit a single off Yankees’ reliever Carlos Almanzar to score McEwing and Relaford. Shinjo hit into a force play on which Ordonez came home with the Mets’ fourth run of the inning. Piazza followed with a two-run homer to put the Mets in front. Almanzar then retired pinch-hitter Lenny Harris on a foul pop-up to catcher Poasada for the third out.
Mets’ reliever Armando Benitez got Knoblauch on a fly ball to right fielder McEwing to open the top of the ninth inning. Jeter was called out on strikes. Benitez then fanned Williams with catcher Piazza throwing to first baseman Johnson to complete the strikeout and end the game. The Mets had an amazing comeback victory over their cross-city rivals.