June 22, 1997: Everett Homers in 10th

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Date: June 22, 1997
Mets starter: Cory Lidle
Mets: 12
Pirates: 9
Winning pitcher: Takashi Kashiwada
Key player(s): Lance Johnson, John Olerud, Carl Everett
Key play: Olerud’s double, Everett’s home run

The Mets faced the Pirates on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a four-game series. Carl Everett hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning for a 12-9 Mets win over Pittsburgh.

Mets’ starter Cory Lidle retired the side in order in the top of the first. For the Bucs, Esteban Loaiza gave up just a single to Lance Johnson in the bottom half. Lidle hurled a scoreless top of the second and Todd Hundley homered to lead off the bottom of the inning. Everett hit a single and Carlos Baerga went down on strikes. Butch Huskey singled and a balk advanced the runners to second and third base. Loaiza then fanned both Luis Lopez and Lidle for the inning’s final outs.

Lidle set down the Pirates 1-2-3 in the top of the third. To begin the bottom half, Lance Johnson doubled and moved to third base on Edgardo Alfonzo’s sacrifice bunt. John Olerud hit a single to score Lance Johnson and a single by Hundley ensued. Everett was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Baerga singled to drive home Olerud. Huskey followed with a sacrifice fly that plated Hundley and increased the Mets’ lead to 4-0. Loaiza then got Lopez to hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Dale Sveum and end the inning.

Adrian Brown singled and went to second base on a wild pitch to begin the top of the fourth. Mark Smith hit a double that scored Brown for the Bucs’ first run of the game. Kevin Young got an infield single and Joe Randa was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Jason Kendall hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Smith and a single by Jose Guillen drove home Young. On Guillen’s hit, Randa moved to third base via an error by shortstop Lopez. Sveum grounded out to second baseman Baerga to plate Randa with the tying run. Lidle then threw a called third strike past pinch-hitter Midre Cummings to finish off the inning.

With one out in the bottom of the fourth, Lance Johnson hit a solo home run against Pittsburgh reliever Jose Silva. Alfonzo was called out on strikes and Olerud was retired on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Brown. Tony Womack singled off Lidle to lead off the top of the fifth. Brown doubled to score Womack and advanced to third base on an error by right fielder Everett. Smith followed with a sacrifice fly against Mets’ reliever Juan Acevedo to bring home Brown and put the Pirates ahead, 6-5. Acevedo struck out Young and retired Randa on a pop-up to first baseman Olerud to end the inning. Silva then limited the Mets to a single by Everett in the bottom half.

Acevedo yielded only a single to Sveum in the top of the sixth. Huskey drew a walk against Bucs’ reliever Clint Sodowsky (but charged to Silva) to open the bottom of the inning. Lopez singled to send Huskey to third base and Acevedo was struck out. Lance Johnson hit a single against Pittsburgh’s Jason Christiansen that scored Huskey and retied the game. Alfonzo hit a double to bring home Lopez with the go-ahead run. Olerud doubled to plate both Lance Johnson and Alfonzo, extending the Mets’ lead to 9-6. Christiansen then retired Hundley and Everett on consecutive fly balls to left fielder Smith for the final outs of the inning.

Smith hit a two-out double against Mets’ reliever Ricardo Jordan in the top of the seventh. Young singled to score Smith with the Bucs’ seventh run and Jordan retired Randa on an inning-ending fly ball to Everett. Christiansen pitched a scoreless bottom half and Sveum singled against the Mets’ Greg McMichael with two outs in the top of the eighth. McMichael struck out pinch-hitter Mark Johnson to end the inning and Alfonzo singled against Pittsburgh’s Rich Loiselle to open the bottom half. Olerud hit a double play grounder to third baseman Randa and a walk to Hundley ensued. Everett followed with a single to left field. Baerga then grounded back to Loiselle for the inning’s third out.

Womack and Brown got back-to-back singles against Mets’ reliever John Franco to begin the top of the ninth. Smith hit a ground ball to Franco for a double play on which Womack advanced to third base. Young drew a walk and stole second. Randa hit a double that drove home Womack and Young, tying the game at 9-9. Franco struck out Kendall to end the inning. Loiselle then retired the Mets in order in the bottom half to send the game onward.

Mets’ reliever Takashi Kashiwada pitched a scoreless top of the 10th. Alfonzo drew a walk against the Pirates’ Chris Peters with one out in the bottom of the inning. Olerud walked and Hundley popped out to Sveum. Everett then slugged a home run to bring the game to an end. The Mets had an exciting victory to close out the weekend series.