June 9, 2000: Mets Rout Yankees in Bronx

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Date: June 9, 2000
Mets starter: Al Leiter
Mets: 12
Yankees: 2
Winning pitcher: Al Leiter
Key player(s): Mike Piazza, Derek Bell, Edgardo Alfonzo
Key play: Piazza’s grand slam in 3rd, Alfonzo’s homer in 6th, Bell’s homer in 7th

The Mets faced the Yankees on a Friday night in the Bronx. The teams began a Subway Series in front of a crowd of 55,822 New York fans. The Mets opened the series with rout as they defeated their intra-city rivals, 12-2.

Al Leiter and the Yanks’ Roger Clemens each pitched two scoreless innings to start the game. Leading off the top of the third, Jason Tyner reached on an error by catcher Jorge Posada. Clemens walked Derek Bell and a passed ball by Posada advanced the runners to second and third. Edgardo Alfonzo drew a walk to load the bases. Mike Piazza hit a grand slam for a 4-0 Mets lead. Robin Ventura flied out to center fielder Bernie Williams and a pair of ground outs to shortstop Derek Jeter ended the inning. Jeter started the bottom half with a single to left field. Williams lined out to left fielder Tyner and a fly ball by Paul O’Neill was caught by center fielder Jay Payton. Leiter then struck out Shane Spencer to end the inning.

With one out in the top of the fourth, Melvin Mora drew a walk and stole second base. Tyner flied out to left fielder Spencer and a single by Bell brought home Mora. Alfonzo hit a fly ball to right fielder O’Neill for the third out and Tino Martinez doubled with one out in the bottom half. Jim Leyritz grounded out to shortstop Mora and a single by Scott Brosius scored Martinez. Leiter then retired Clay Bellinger on an inning-ending line drive to third baseman Ventura.

Piazza singled to lead off the top of the fifth. Ventura grounded back to Clemens to advance Piazza to second base. Zeile hit a single to drive home Piazza and a strikeout of Lenny Harris ensued. Payton singled and Mora was retired a grounder to Clemens to end the inning. Jeter and Williams started the bottom half with singles and a fly out by O’Neill moved the runners to second and third. Spencer hit a sacrifice fly to score Jeter with the Yankees’ second run. Leiter then got Posada to fly out to right fielder Bell and finish off the inning.

Tyner singled and advanced to second on Clemens’ error to begin the top of the sixth. Bell hit a double to right field to bring home Tyner. A two-run homer by Alfonzo extended the Mets’ lead to 9-2. Yanks’ reliever Todd Erdos entered the game and gave up a single to Piazza. Ventura hit into a double play and Erdos fanned Zeile for the third out of the inning. Leiter then set down the Yankees 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Payton and Mora got back-to-back singles with one out in the top of the seventh. Tyner grounded out to first baseman Martinez and a three-run homer by Bell followed. Erdos struck out Alfonzo to end the inning and Jeter got a one-out single in the bottom half. Williams drew a walk and pinch-hitter Felix Jose hit into a force play. Leiter then retired Spencer on an inning-ending fly ball to Bell.

Erdos and Mets’ reliever Turk Wendell each hurled a perfect eighth inning. The Yankees’ Allen Watson pitched a scoreless top of the ninth. To begin the bottom half, the Mets’ Rich Rodriguez retired Brosius on a foul pop-up to catcher Todd Pratt. Bellinger followed with a single to left field. Jeter then hit a ground ball back to Rodriguez for a double play to end the game. The Mets had an easy victory to start the Subway Series.