October 16, 2000: Game Five of the NLCS

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Date: October 16, 2000
Mets starter: Mike Hampton
Mets: 7
Cardinals: 0
Winning pitcher: Mike Hampton
Key player(s): Mike Hampton, Todd Zeile
Key play: Alfonzo's & Ventura's singles, Zeile's double

The Mets were only one win away from their fourth National League pennant. Sparked by a three-run first inning and three-hit shutout pitching from Mike Hampton, they routed the Cardinals, 7-0, to nail down the Series. For the first time in 14 years, the Mets were on their way to the World Series.

The Mets wasted no time against St. Louis starter Pat Hentgen. Edgardo Alfonzo and Robin Ventura each had run-scoring singles and Mike Piazza came home on a fielder's choice for a 3-0 lead in the first inning. The Mets sent nine batters to the plate, leaving the bases loaded.

In the fourth, Todd Zeile hit a bases-loaded double for the second night in a row. The Mets had three more runs to make the score 6-0 and Hentgen was taken out of the game. They added another run in the seventh when Mike Bordick scored on a wild pitch by Cards' reliever Rick Ankiel.

Hampton took control the rest of the way. He held the Cardinals hitless for the last five innings and retired the last eleven batters to complete the shutout. When Rick Wilkins flied out to center fielder Timo Perez to end the game, joy reigned at Shea Stadium as the Mets became National League Champions.

Notes

  • Mike Hampton was named Most Valuable Player of the Series