June 29, 2002: Mets Put Whipping on Yankees
|Date: June 29, 2002|
|Mets starter: Al Leiter|
|Winning pitcher: Al Leiter|
|Key player(s): Al Leiter, Vance Wilson, Mo Vaughn, Mike Piazza|
|Key play: Wilson’s, Vaughn’s and Piazza’s homers|
The Mets faced the Yankees on a Saturday afternoon in the Bronx. The teams played the second game of their weekend Subway Series. The Mets scored in eight different innings for an 11-2 win over their cross-city rivals.
Mike Piazza hit a two-out double off Yanks’ starter Ted Lilly in the top of the first inning. Mo Vaughn followed with a walk and John Valentin singled to score Piazza. Lilly retired Jeromy Burnitz on a ground ball to first baseman Jason Giambi for the third out. In the bottom half, Derek Jeter homered with two outs off Mets’ starter Al Leiter to tie the game. Leiter then got Giambi to fly out to right fielder Burnitz and end the inning.
Leading off the top of the second, Jay Payton hit a triple to right field. Vance Wilson grounded out to shortstop Jeter to drive home Payton. Lilly set down the next two Mets batters and Leiter pitched a perfect bottom of the inning. Edgardo Alfonzo singled and Piazza walked to begin the top of the third. A passed ball by catcher Alberto Castillo advanced the runners to second and third base. Vaughn popped out to Jeter and a sacrifice fly by Valentin brought home Alfonzo. Burnitz hit a pop-up to third baseman Robin Ventura for the third out. Leiter then shut down the Yankees in the bottom half.
Vance Wilson hit a solo home run with one out in the top of the fourth inning. Rey Ordonez grounded out to Ventura and a triple by Roger Cedeno ensued. Cedeno stole home to stretch the Mets’ lead to 5-1. Lilly walked Alfonzo and got Piazza on a foul pop-up to Giambi. Leiter held the Yanks without a run in the bottom of the inning. Vaughn homered to lead off the top of the fifth. Yankees’ reliever Ramiro Mendoza came in to pitch and closed the inning with no further scoring. The Yanks were then held scoreless by Leiter in the bottom half.
With two outs in the top of the sixth inning, Piazza hit a home run to lengthen the Mets’ lead to 7-1. Vaughn hit a double and Mendoza retired Valentin on an inning-ending pop-up to Jeter. Leiter shut down the Yankees again in the bottom half. The Mets were set down in order by Yanks’ reliever Mike Stanton in the top of the seventh. The Yankees then failed to score despite two singles off Leiter in the bottom of the inning.
Ordonez singled to start the top of the eighth. Cedeno followed with a single on which Ordonez moved to third base. Alfonzo hit into a force play that drove in Ordonez. Stanton got Piazza to hit into an inning-ending double play. In the bottom half, Alfonso Soriano hit a leadoff double against Mets’ reliever David Weathers. A single by Enrique Wilson plated Soriano. Weathers retired Jeter on a line drive to Burnitz and gave up a single to Giambi. Mark Guthrie then came in to pitch and recorded outs on the next two Yankee hitters.
Valentin singled off Yanks’ reliever Randy Choate with one out in the top of the ninth inning. With two outs, Payton singled and Vance Wilson was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Ordonez reached on Jeter’s error that scored Valentin for a 9-2 Mets lead. Cedeno singled to drive home Payton and Vance Wilson. Choate then retired Alfonzo on a ground ball to second baseman Soriano to end the inning.
Mets’ reliever Jaime Cerda got Ventura to fly out to center fielder Payton to start the bottom of the ninth. Rondell White grounded out to shortstop Ordonez. Cerda then threw a called third strike past Castillo for the final out of the game. The Mets had an easy victory over the Yanks.