May 21, 2006: Delgado and Wright Slug Yanks in 4th
|Date: May 21, 2006|
|Mets starter: Tom Glavine|
|Winning pitcher: Tom Glavine|
|Key player(s): Carlos Delgado, David Wright|
|Key play: Delgado’s and Wright’s home runs|
The Mets faced the Yankees on a Sunday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game Subway Series. Home runs by Carlos Delgado and David Wright in the fourth inning lifted the Mets to a 4-3 win.
Tom Glavine and the Yanks’ Aaron Small each started the game with three scoreless innings pitched. Bernie Williams hit a double to lead off the top of the fourth. Melky Cabrera grounded out to Glavine and a walk to Kelly Stinnett followed. Small’s sacrifice bunt advanced the runners to second and third before Johnny Damon was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Derek Jeter singled to score Williams and Stinnett for a 2-0 Yankees lead. Jason Giambi drew a walk that loaded the bases once again. Glavine then got Alex Rodriguez to line out to left fielder Cliff Floyd and finish off the inning.
Paul Lo Duca got a leadoff single in the bottom of the fourth. Carlos Beltran singled and Delgado slugged a home run to put the Mets ahead. 3-2. Wright followed with a homer for the Mets’ fourth run of the game. Floyd flied out to center fielder Williams and a single by Xavier Nady ensued. Kazuo Matsui hit a ground ball to second baseman Robinson Cano for a double play that ended the inning and Glavine surrendered only a walk to Williams in the top of the fifth. Small and Yanks’ reliever Mike Myers then combined for a scoreless bottom half.
Pinch-hitter Kevin Reese was hit by a pitch with one out in the top of the sixth. Damon singled and Glavine got Jeter on a grounder to shortstop Jose Reyes for an inning-ending double play. Yankees’ reliever Colter Bean hurled a scoreless bottom half and Cano got a two-out single against the Mets’ Aaron Heilman in the top of the seventh. A wild pitch moved Cano to second base and consecutive walks to Williams and Cabrera loaded the bases. Heilman got Stinnett to hit a force play ground ball to Reyes for the inning’s third out and pinch-hitter Jose Valentin drew a leadoff walk against Bean to open the bottom half. Yanks’ reliever Ron Villone then retired the next three batters to end the inning.
Pinch-hitter Miguel Cairo drew a walk against Mets’ reliever Duaner Sanchez to begin the top of the eighth. Damon singled and Jeter got a bunt single to load the bases. Giambi followed with a sacrifice fly to drive home Cairo and reduce the Mets’ lead to one run. Sanchez got Rodriguez on a double play ground ball to Reyes that closed out the inning. Yankees’ reliever Scott Erickson then set down the side in order in the bottom half.
Mets’ reliever Billy Wagner struck out Cano to start the top of the ninth. Williams and Cabrera got back-to-back singles and Stinnett went down on strikes. Wagner then got Cairo to ground out to second baseman Matsui and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a series-closing victory.