October 4, 2000: Game One of the NLDS

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Date: October 4, 2000
Mets starter: Mike Hampton
Mets: 1
Giants: 5
Winning pitcher: Livan Hernandez
Key player(s): Ellis Burks, Bill Mueller
Key play: Bonds' triple, Burks' home run, Rodriguez's strikeout of Hamilton

For the second consecutive year, the Mets travelled west to open the National League Division Series. Mike Hampton got the start in San Francisco against Livan Hernandez. The Mets fell a game behind in the Series, losing to the Giants, 5-1.

Each team had a run on the board when Hampton faced Barry Bonds in the bottom of the third inning with two out. Bonds took a close two-strike pitch brfore hitting a triple to score Bill Mueller with the tie-breaking run. Ellis Burks followed with a three-run homer to drop the Mets four runs back.

In the top of the eighth, the Mets loaded the bases with two out. Felix Hernandez came in to relieve Hernandez and struck out Darryl Hamilton to end the inning. The Giants loaded the bases themselves in the bottom half, but Glendon Rusch stopped them from scoring with two strikeouts. There was no more scoring as the Series lead went to San Francisco.