May 20, 2001: Shinjo's Winning Single
|Date: May 20, 2001|
|Mets starter: Rick Reed|
|Winning pitcher: Armando Benitez|
|Key player(s): Tsuyoshi Shinjo, Lenny Harris|
|Key play: Harris's single in 8th, Shinjo's single in 9th|
The Mets and Dodgers concluded a three-game series at Shea Stadium on a Sunday afternoon. The crowd of 43,404 watched the Mets make a comeback in the late innings to pull out a victory. Tsuyoshi Shinjo's single in the ninth inning gave the Mets a 6-5 win over Los Angeles.
Mets' starter Rick Reed kept the Dodgers shut out for the first seven innings. Reed allowed only three hits and had a string of 13 consecutive batters retired. Meanwhile, the Mets scored three times against Los Angeles starter Chan Ho Park in the second inning on back-to-back RBI doubles by Rey Ordonez and Reed, plus a single by Timo Perez on which Rick came home.
In the top of the eighth inning, pinch-hitter Dave Hansen doubled off Reed to bring home Chad Kreuter with the first Dodger run of the game. Marquis Grissom followed with a two-run single off reliever John Franco to tie the game. After Mark Grudzielanek's single moved him to third base, Grissom scored on Franco's wild pitch to give Los Angeles a 4-3 lead. Grudzielanek later came home on a sacrifice fly by Eric Karros.
Robin Ventura led off the bottom of the eighth with a walk from Dodgers' reliever Mike Fetters. Todd Zeile followed with a single and Shinjo's sacrifice bunt advanced the runners to second and third base. Pinch-hitter Lenny Harris then singled to left field, scoring Ventura and pinch-runner Joe McEwing to tie the game, 5-5. The inning ended with the Mets stranding two runners on base.
Armando Benitez retired the Dodgers in order in the top of the ninth. In the bottom half, Desi Relaford led off with a walk and moved to second on a wild pitch by Terry Adams. Relaford advanced to third on Mike Piazza's line out to right field before Ventura was walked intentionally. Adams got McEwing on strikes for the second out and Shinjo came up to bat. Tsuyoshi lined a single to center field, scoring Relaford with the winning run. The Mets had an exciting victory.