October 26, 2000: Game Five of the World Series
|Date: Thursday October 26, 2000|
|Mets starter: Al Leiter|
|Winning pitcher: Mike Stanton|
|Key player(s): Luis Sojo, Derek Jeter|
|Key play: Luis Sojo's ninth inning two-run single|
Down three games to one in the World Series versus the New York Yankees, the Mets started Game 5 hoping to shift the series back to Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. However, that goal fell short when the Yankees defeated them 4-2 for their 26th World Championship.
Al Leiter got the start for the Mets while Andy Pettitte got the start for the Yankees. Both pitch a scoreless first inning. The Yankees take a 1-0 lead on Bernie Williams's leadoff home run in the second. In the bottom of the inning, Pettitte strikes out Robin Ventura before walking Bubba Trammell. Jay Payton then singles to put runners on first and second. Trammell and Payton advance one base on Kurt Abbott's groundout. Al Leiter then bunts the ball toward Pettitte, who misplays it, allowing Trammell to score the game's tying run. Benny Agbayani then hits an infield single to third that puts the Mets up 2-1, both runs unearned due to Pettitte's error. Edgardo Alfonzo then pops up to second to end the inning.
Over the next three innings, both Leiter and Pettitte allow just two hits each. In the top of the sixth, Derek Jeter, who ends up being the series MVP, homers off of Leiter to the tie game at 2-2.
In the top of the ninth, Leiter, still pitching, strikes out Tino Martinez and Paul O'Neil before walking Jorge Posada and allowing a single to Scott Brosius. Luis Sojo then hits a single to center that Jay Payton fields. He sends the ball to catcher Mike Piazza in an attempt to throw out Posada at home, but the ball hits Posada before going into the Yankees' dugout. This error allows not only Posada, but Brosius to score to give the Yankees a 4-2 lead while Sojo is at third. John Franco relieves Leiter and gets Glenallen Hill to fly out to deep left to end the inning.
Down to their last three outs, the Mets face ace closer Mariano Rivera in the bottom of the ninth. Rivera strikes out Darryl Hamilton before walking Agbayani, who moved to second on defensive indifference and then to third on Alfonzo's ground out. Piazza comes to bat as the tying run, but flies out to deep center to end the game and the Mets' goal of a third World Series title. Leiter despite pitching 8 2/3 innings takes the loss while Mike Stanton, who relieved Pettitte in the eighth, earns the win.