May 23, 2000: Piazza Hits Pinch-Homer in 10th
|Date: May 23, 2000|
|Mets starter: Al Leiter|
|Winning pitcher: Turk Wendell|
|Key player(s): Mike Piazza, Todd Zeile, Todd Pratt|
|Key play: Zeile’s & Pratt’s homers in 2nd, Piazza’s homer in 10th|
The Mets faced the Padres on a Tuesday afternoon. The teams played the second of three games in San Diego. A pinch-hit home run by Mike Piazza in the 10th inning gave the Mets a 5-3 victory.
In the top of the first inning, Joe McEwing reached base on an error by Padres’ shortstop Damian Jackson. McEwing stole second and Derek Bell was called out on strikes. A single by Edgardo Alfonzo scored McEwing for the first run of the game. Alfonzo was caught stealing by San Diego catcher Carlos Hernandez. Robin Ventura flied out to left fielder Eric Owens to end the inning. Mets’ starter Al Leiter then pitched a scoreless bottom half.
Todd Zeile and Todd Pratt hit back-to-back homers off Padres’ starter Stan Spencer to begin the top of the second inning. Spencer retired the next three batters and Leiter set down San Diego 1-2-3 in the bottom half. After a scoreless third, Zeile hit a one-out double in the top of the fourth. With two outs, Benny Agbayani drew a walk. Spencer then got Rey Ordonez on a fly ball to center fielder Ruben Rivera for the third out of the inning.
Rivera walked to open the bottom of the fourth. Tony Gwynn followed with a double to bring home Rivera and cut the Mets’ lead to 3-1. With one out, Ed Sprague doubled to score Gwynn for the Padres’ second run. Leiter recorded outs on the next two hitters and neither team scored in the fifth inning. Spencer then struck out all three Mets batters in the top of the sixth.
Gwynn led off the bottom of the sixth inning with a home run to tie the game. Leiter retired the next three batters and both teams were set down in order in the seventh. San Diego’s Donne Wall pitched a perfect inning of relief in the top of the eighth inning. For the Mets, reliever Turk Wendell shut down the Padres in the bottom half. Wall hurled another scoreless inning in the top of the ninth. In the bottom half, Bret Boone hit a single with one out. Wendell then struck out Hernandez and Jackson to send the game into extra innings.
In the top of the 10th, San Diego reliever Trevor Hoffman set down the first two New York batters. Pinch-hitter Mark Johnson singled and was replaced at first base by pinch-runner Jon Nunnally. Batting for McEwing, Mike Piazza homered to put the Mets ahead by two runs. Hoffman then struck out Bell to end the inning.
Mets’ reliever Armando Benitez walked pinch-hitter Dave Magadan to begin the bottom of the 10th. Owens flied out to right fielder Bell and pinch-hitter Ryan Klesko struck out. Benitez then retired Gwynn on a fly ball to left fielder Nunnally to end the game. The Mets had their 25th win of the season.