May 21, 2000: Comebacks Lead to Win Over Snakes
|Date: May 21, 2000|
|Mets starter: Rick Reed|
|Winning pitcher: Turk Wendell|
|Key player(s): Joe McEwing, Edgardo Alfonzo, Robin Ventura, Derek Bell|
|Key play: Mets’ home runs, Derek Bell’s single|
The Mets faced the Diamondbacks on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Continuously coming back after falling behind, the Mets emerged with a 7-6 win over Arizona.
Luis Gonzalez singled against Mets’ starter Rick Reed with two outs in the top of the first inning. Gonzalez advanced to third base on Erubiel Durazo’s single and came home on a single by Steve Finley. Reed got Travis Lee to hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Rey Ordonez for the third out and Joe McEwing doubled to lead off the bottom half. Derek Bell hit a double to bring home McEwing and scored on a double by Edgardo Alfonzo for a 2-1 Mets lead. Mike Piazza grounded out to third baseman Andy Fox and a walk to Todd Zeile ensued. Diamondbacks’ starter Randy Johnson then struck out Jay Payton and retired Kurt Abbott on a pop-up to catcher Damian Miller to end the inning.
After a scoreless second, consecutive singles by Tony Womack and Jay Bell began the top of the third. Gonzalez single to drive home Womack with the tying run and Jay Bell went to third base after Durazo’s fly out to right fielder Derek Bell. Finley grounded out to first baseman Zeile to plate Jay Bell and give the D’Backs a 3-2 lead. Reed got Lee on a grounder to Ordonez to close out the inning. With one out in the bottom half, Piazza hit a home run that retied the game. Randy Johnson then fanned both Zeile and Payton for the inning’s final outs.
Reed set down the Snakes in order in the top of the fourth. Randy Johnson struck out all three batters in the bottom half and Reed hurled a scoreless top of the fifth. McEwing hit a leadoff double in the bottom of the inning. Derek Bell and Alfonzo went down on strikes and Piazza was given an intentional walk. Randy Johnson then fanned Zeile to bring the inning to an end.
Finley singled to open the top of the sixth. Lee followed with a two-run homer for a 5-3 Arizona lead. Reed retired the next three hitters to close out the inning and Randy Johnson pitched a perfect bottom half. Reed set down the Diamondbacks 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh. With one out in the bottom of the inning, McEwing hit a solo home run against Randy Johnson. Derek Bell was struck out and Alfonzo homered to retie the game at 5-5. Arizona reliever Mike Morgan then retired Piazza on a ground ball to Fox for the third out of the inning.
Finley slugged a solo homer against Mets’ reliever Dennis Cook with one out in the top of the eighth. Lee was called out on strikes and Miller hit a single. Cook retired Fox on a fly ball to center fielder Payton to end the inning. With two outs in the bottom half, pinch-hitter Robin Ventura homered against Morgan to tie the game once against at 6-6. Ordonez drew a walk and Arizona reliever Dan Plaesac struck out pinch-hitter Mark Johnson to finish off the inning. New York’s Turk Wendell then set down the side in order in the top of the ninth.
McEwing drew a walk against Snakes’ reliever Byung-Hyun Kim to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning. With Derek Bell at the plate, McEwing stole second base. Derek Bell followed with a single to score McEwing and end the game. The Mets had a victory on the strength of continuous comebacks.