June 28, 1998: Mets Beat Yankees in 9th

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Date: June 28, 1998
Mets starter: Masato Yoshii
Mets: 2
Yankees: 1
Winning pitcher: Dennis Cook
Key player(s): Masato Yoshii, Carlos Baerga, Luis Lopez
Key play: Baerga’s single in 6th, Lopez’s sacrifice fly in 9th

The Mets and Yankees played each other on a Sunday night at Shea Stadium. The teams completed a Subway Series in front of 53,749 fans. The Mets scored a run in the bottom of the ninth inning for a 2-1 win over their Big Apple rivals.

Through the first five innings, Masato Yoshii and the Yanks’ Orlando Hernandez each pitched shutout ball with a combined 13 strikeouts. Yoshii fanned seven Yankee batters and issued four walks. Meanwhile, Hernandez struck out six Mets hitters while walking four and hitting one with a pitch. The only hit for either side was a two-out single by the Yanks’ Derek Jeter in the top of the fifth.

In the top of the sixth inning, Yoshii recorded two more strikeouts in retiring the Yankees in order. Hernandez faced Mike Piazza with two outs in the bottom half. Piazza reached first base on a third strike that got away. An ensuing single by John Olerud moved Piazza to second. Carlos Baerga hit a single that brought home Piazza for a 1-0 Mets lead. Hernandez then struck out Butch Huskey to end the inning.

Yoshii retired Chad Curtis on a ground ball to second baseman Baerga to open the top of the seventh. Scott Brosius followed with a game-tying home run. Yoshii fanned Hernandez for his tenth strikeout of the game. Chuck Knoblauch grounded out to third baseman Edgardo Alfonzo. The Mets then failed to score against Hernandez in the bottom of the inning.

Mets’ reliever Dennis Cook recorded two strikeouts in a perfect top of the eighth. Hernandez set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the bottom half. Cook retired the Yanks in order again in the top of the ninth. Baerga led off the bottom of the inning with a double against Yankees’ reliever Ramiro Mendoza. Carlos went to third on Huskey’s sacrifice bunt and Brian McRae was walked intentionally. Pinch-hitter Luis Lopez hit a sacrifice fly to drive home Baerga and end the game. The Mets had a victory to close out the series.