May 19, 1997: Olerud's Homer Wins It in 9th
|Date: May 19, 1997|
|Mets starter: Armando Reynoso|
|Winning pitcher: Cory Lidle|
|Key player(s): John Olerud, Carl Everett|
|Key play: Everett's two-run single, Olerud's home run|
The Mets played the Rockies on a Monday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The four-game overlapping weekend series concluded with a dramatic finish. John Olerud's two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Mets a 4-3 win over Colorado.
Mets' starter Armando Reynoso pitched no-hit ball over the first six innings. The Mexican righthander held his former Rockie teammates to three walks while recording four strikeouts. For Colorado, John Burke shut down the Mets on five hits through five innings before Carl Everett singled to score Carlos Baerga and Alex Ochoa for a 2-0 New York lead in the bottom of the sixth.
Reynoso retired the first two hitters in the seventh inning. Jeff Reed followed with a home run for the Rockies' first hit, cutting the Mets' lead in half. Colorado then took a 3-2 lead when Andres Galarraga singled off reliever Greg McMichael to score Quinton McCracken and John Vander Wal in the top of the eighth.
For the Mets, Cory Lidle pitched a scoreless top of the ninth inning. In the bottom half, Edgardo Alfonzo doubled off Rockies' reliever Jeff McCurry with one out. Olerud followed with a home run to end the game. The Mets had exciting victory to end the series.