June 3, 2006: Mets Defeat Giants in 11 for Split

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Date: June 3, 2006
Mets starter: Tom Glavine
Mets: 3
Giants: 2
Winning pitcher: Duaner Sanchez
Key player(s): Paul Lo Duca, Chris Woodward
Key play: Woodward’s sacrifice fly in 11th

The Mets faced the Giants in a doubleheader on a Saturday evening at Shea Stadium. After dropping the opener of the twinbill, the Mets aimed for a split in the nightcap. In 11 innings, the Mets emerged with a 3-2 win over San Francisco.

Tom Glavine and the Giants’ Jamey Wright each started the game with two scoreless innings pitched. Leading off the top of the third, Jose Vizcaino homered for the first run of the game. Glavine set down the next three San Francisco batters and Endy Chavez got a one-out single in the bottom of the inning. Chavez advanced to second base on Glavine’s sacrifice bunt and came home on Jose Reyes’ single to right field. Reyes stole second and scored on an ensuing single by Paul Lo Duca for a 2-1 Mets lead. Wright then retired Carlos Delgado on a ground ball to second baseman Ray Durham for the inning’s final out.

After scoreless fourth and fifth innings, Randy Winn hit a game-tying home run to lead off the top of the sixth. Jason Ellison singled and (with Steve Finley at bat) was caught via a pickoff throw and tagged out by first baseman Delgado. Finley followed with a single and moved to third base on a single by Todd Greene. Glavine got Durham to hit a grounder to shortstop Reyes for an inning-ending double play. Wright then retired then Mets in order in the bottom half.

Glavine held the Giants to a single by Vizcaino in the top of the seventh inning. Wright hurled a perfect bottom half and Mets’ reliever Aaron Heilman set down all three hitters in the top of the eighth. To begin the bottom half, Reyes drew a walk and stole second base. Lo Duca flied out to right fielder Winn and a ground out by Delgado advanced Reyes to third. Jamey Wright got David Wright to pop out to first baseman Lance Niekro and finish off the inning. Heilman yielded just a single to Pedro Feliz in the top of the ninth. San Francisco reliever Steve Kline then hurled a perfect bottom half to send the game onward.

Heilman and the Giants’ Jeremy Accardo each retired the side in order in the 10th inning. Mets’ reliever Duaner Sanchez pitched a scoreless top of the 11th and Lo Duca singled against San Francisco’s Brian Wilson to begin the bottom half. Delgado doubled to send Lo Duca to third base and David Wright was walked intentionally to load the bases. Jonathan Sanchez came in to pitch for the Giants and retired Cliff Floyd on a pop-up to third baseman Feliz. Chris Woodward followed with a sacrifice fly that drove home pinch-runner Lastings Milledge to end the game. The Mets had a victory and a split of the doubleheader.