May 5, 2001: Twelve Hits and Three Sac Flies Bite Snakes

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Date: May 5, 2001
Mets starter: Glendon Rusch
Mets: 8
Diamondbacks: 1
Winning pitcher: Glendon Rusch
Key player(s): Todd Zeile, Tsuyoshi Shinjo, Jay Payton, Rey Ordonez
Key play: Zeile’s RBI double and single, Mets’ sacrifice flies

The Mets faced the Diamondbacks on a Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played in front of 35,630 fans on hand. The Mets collected a total of twelve hits and three sacrifice flies in an 8-1 win over Arizona.

Following a scoreless first inning, Matt Williams singled against Mets’ starter Glendon Rusch to lead off the top of the second. Mark Grace lined out to third baseman Robin Ventura, who threw to first baseman Todd Zeile for an out on Williams and a double play. Rusch retired Danny Bautista on an inning-ending fly ball to right fielder Tsuyoshi Shinjo and a single by Zeile opened the bottom half. Shinjo flied out to right fielder Reggie Sanders and a strikeout of Todd Pratt ensued. Rey Ordonez doubled and Rusch drew a walk to load the bases. Diamondbacks’ starter Robert Ellis then got Benny Agbayani to ground out to second baseman Jay Bell and end the inning.

To begin the top of the third, Craig Counsell singled and Rod Barajas reached on catcher Pratt’s interference. With Ellis at bat, a passed ball advanced the runners to second and third base. Ellis hit a ground ball on which second baseman Edgardo Alfonzo threw to Pratt for an out at home on Counsell. Sanders was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Bell followed with a sacrifice fly to drive home Barajas. Rusch then got Luis Gonzalez on a force play grounder to shortstop Ordonez to close out the inning.

Jay Payton hit a single to lead off the bottom of the third. Alfonzo flied out to Sanders and a single by Ventura advanced Payton to third base. Zeile doubled to score Payton and send Ventura to third. An ensuing sacrifice fly by Shinjo plated Ventura for a 2-1 Mets lead. Pratt was hit by a pitch and Ordonez singled to bring home Zeile with the third New York run. Ellis then retired Rusch on a fly ball to left fielder Gonzalez for the inning’s final out.

Rusch and Ellis each pitched scoreless fourth and fifth innings. Glendon yielded only a single to Gonzalez in the top of the sixth and Pratt doubled to begin the bottom half. Pratt moved to third base on Ordonez’s ground out to shortstop Counsell and scored on a sacrifice bunt by Rusch. Ellis retired Agbayani on an inning-ending line drive to first baseman Grace. Rusch then held the Snakes to a single by Counsell in a scoreless top of the seventh.

Payton singled against Arizona reliever Russ Springer to open the bottom of the seventh inning. Jay went to third base on a single by Alfonzo and came home on Ventura’s sacrifice fly. Alfonzo stole second and scored on a single by Zeile to extend the Mets’ lead to 6-1. Troy Brohawn came in to pitch for the D’Backs and issued a walk to Shinjo. Pratt hit a double to drive home Zeile and send Shinjo to third. Ordonez followed with the Mets’ third sacrifice fly to plate Shinjo with the team’s eighth run. Brohawn then retired pinch-hitter Joe McEwing on a fly ball to Gonzalez that ended the inning.

Mets’ reliever Turk Wendell set down the Snakes on three consecutive ground balls in the top of the eighth. For Arizona, Miguel Batista surrendered just a leadoff single to Agbayani in the bottom of the inning. Against the Mets’ Donne Wall, Williams flied out to Shinjo to start the top of the ninth. Grace was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Payton and a single by Bautista ensued. Wall then got Counsell to hit a force play grounder to Ordonez and end the game. The Mets had a victory that featured RBIs and runs scored by six different players each.