October 13, 2006: Game Two of the NLCS
|Date: October 13, 2006|
|Mets starter: John Maine|
|Winning pitcher: Josh Kinney|
|Key player(s): Carlos Delgado, Scott Spiezio, So Taguchi|
|Key play: Spiezio's triple, Taguchi's home run|
The Mets looked to take a two-game lead in the Championship Series. They had John Maine on the mound to try and hold down the Cardinals. However, the game became a slugfest as the teams combined for 11 extra-base hits, including four home runs. In the end, St. Louis came away with a 9-6 victory to tie the Series.
The Mets jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Facing Cardinals' starter Chris Carpenter, Jose Reyes led off with a double to right field. Carpenter walked Carlos Beltran and then gave up a home run to Carlos Delgado, putting the Mets on top early. The Cards responded in the second with a two-run double by Yadier Molina, but Reyes drove in Endy Chavez with a run-scoring single in the bottom of the inning.
Behind 4-2 in the third, St. Louis came back to tie. Maine walked Albert Pujols and then surrendered a home run to Jim Edmonds to make it a 4-4 game. John pitched only one more inning before being removed for a pinch hitter.
In the fifth inning, the Mets regained the lead on Delgado's second home run of the game. They added another run in the sixth on Paul Lo Duca's double off reliever Josh Hancock that scored Reyes all the way from first.
Guillermo Mota came on in the seventh to protect the 6-4 Mets lead. Mota got two quick outs, but then Pujols singled, Edmonds walked and Scott Spiezio hit a triple to tie the game, 6-6. Mota was then replaced by Aaron Heilman.
In the top of the ninth, Billy Wagner entered the game to pitch for the Mets. Wagner was greeted with a leadoff home run by So Taguchi, putting the Cardinals up, 7-6. Later, Spiezio hit a run-scoring double and then scored on a single by Juan Encarnacion. The Cards held on for the victory, knotting the Series at a game apiece as the teams headed for St. Louis.