May 30, 2000: Six-Run 9th Beats Dodgers
|Date: May 30, 2000|
|Mets starter: Bobby Jones|
|Winning pitcher: John Franco|
|Key player(s): Edgardo Alfonzo, Todd Zeile, Todd Pratt|
|Key play: Zeile’s RBI single, Pratt’s grand slam|
The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Tuesday night in Los Angeles. The teams played the second of three games in a series at Dodger Stadium. The Mets scored six runs in the ninth inning for a 10-5 win.
Melvin Mora singled against Dodgers’ starter Eric Gagne to lead off the top of the first inning. Derek Bell fouled out to catcher Todd Hundley. Mora stole second base and scored on a single by Edgardo Alfonzo for a 1-0 Mets lead. Mike Piazza hit a single and Robin Ventura flied out to center fielder Todd Hollandsworth. Gagne got Todd Zeile on a force play ground ball to third baseman Dave Hansen for the third out. Mets’ starter Bobby Jones then pitched a scoreless bottom half.
Following a scoreless second, Gagne shut down the Mets in the top of the third. Hollandsworth walked and stole second base to begin the bottom of the inning. Mark Grudzielanek grounded out to third baseman Ventura and a line drive by Gary Sheffield was caught by shortstop Kurt Abbott. Shawn Green singled to drive home Hollandsworth and advanced to second on an error by center fielder Mora. Eric Karros hit a two-run homer for a 3-1 Los Angeles lead. Jones then struck out Hundley to end the inning.
The Mets failed to score after loading the bases in the top of the fourth. Jones set down the side in order in the bottom half and Alfonzo doubled against Gagne to lead off the top of the fifth. Piazza singled to score Alfonzo with the Mets’ second run of the game. Dodgers’ reliever Matt Herges retired the next three batters and Grudzielanek hit a one-out single in the bottom of the inning. Sheffield singled and Green flied out to left fielder Benny Agbayani. Jones then got Karros on a pop-up to Abbott for the inning’s final out.
Mora singled with two outs in the top of the sixth. Bell followed with an infield single on which third baseman Hansen made an error that moved the runners to second and third. Alfonzo singled to bring home Mora and Bell, giving the Mets a 4-3 lead. Herges fanned Piazza to close out the inning and Hundley hit a double off Jones to begin the bottom half. Against Mets’ reliever Dennis Cook, pinch-hitter Kevin Elster singled to advance Hundley to third. Jose Vizcaino fouled out to Ventura and a single by pinch-hitter Geronimo Berroa scored pinch-runner Chad Kreuter with the tying run. Cook threw a called third strike past Hollandsworth. Grudzielanek singled against New York’s Pat Mahomes to drive home Elster and put the Dodgers ahead, 5-4. Mahomes then struck out Sheffield to finish off the inning.
Los Angeles reliever Antonio Osuna hurled a scoreless top of the seventh. Kreuter hit a two-out double against the Mets’ Turk Wendell in the bottom half. Elster singled to send Kreuter to third base and Vizcaino was retired on an inning-ending ground ball to second baseman Alfonzo. Osuna pitched a perfect top of the eighth and pinch-hitter F. P. Santangelo singled to open the bottom half. Hollandsworth and Grudzielanek were retired on fly balls to right fielder Bell and a walk to Sheffield ensued. Wendell was then replaced on the mound by Mets’ reliever John Franco, who retired Green on a line drive to first baseman Zeile to end the inning.
Piazza singled against Dodgers’ reliever Jeff Shaw to lead off the top of the ninth. Ventura drew a walk and Zeile singled to score pinch-runner Jay Payton with the tying run. Los Angeles’s Terry Adams struck out Joe McEwing and issued a walk to Abbott that loaded the bases. Jon Nunnally went down on strikes and Mora walked to force home Ventura for a 6-5 Mets lead. Pinch-hitter Todd Pratt slugged a grand slam to extend the New York lead to five runs. Adams then got Alfonzo to ground out to shortstop Elster and finish off the inning.
Mets’ reliever Armando Benitez got Karros on a foul pop-up to Zeile to open the bottom of the ninth. Kreuter went down on strikes. Benitez then retired Elster on a grounder to Ventura for the game’s final out. The Mets had a victory with a late scoring surge.