September 10, 2000: Leiter Shuts Out Phillies

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Date: September 10, 2000
Mets starter: Al Leiter
Mets: 3
Phillies: 0
Winning pitcher: Al Leiter
Key player(s): Al Leiter, Mike Bordick
Key play: Bordick’s two RBIs

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Al Leiter pitched a complete game shutout in a 3-0 Mets win over Philadelphia.

After three scoreless innings, Leiter retired the side in order in the top of the fourth. With one out in the bottom half, Todd Zeile doubled to right field. Zeile advanced to third base on a single by Jay Payton and scored on Mike Bordick’s ground out to third baseman Scott Rolen. Phils’ starter Omar Daal struck out Leiter to end the inning and Al hurled a scoreless top of the fifth. Daal set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the bottom half. Leiter then retired all three Philadelphia batters in the top of the sixth.

Benny Agbayani drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the sixth inning. Ensuing walks to Zeile and Payton loaded the bases. Bordick was hit by a pitch to force home Agbayani for a 2-0 Mets lead. Daal fanned Leiter and got Joe McEwing on an inning-ending force play ground ball to Rolen. Leiter pitched a perfect top of the seventh and Derek Bell led off the bottom half with a double against Philadelphia reliever Wayne Gomes. Bell moved to third base on Edgardo Alfonzo’s fly out to right fielder Brian Hunter and scored the Mets’ third run on a sacrifice fly by Mike Piazza. Gomes then struck out Agbayani to finish off the inning.

Leiter held the Phillies to a leadoff single by Tomas Perez in a scoreless top of the eighth. Phils’ reliever Jason Boyd set down the Mets in order in the bottom of the inning. Rolen singled to open the top of the ninth. Pat Burrell was retired on a fly ball to left fielder Timo Perez. Leiter then got Hunter to hit a grounder to shortstop Bordick for a game-ending double play. The Mets had a series-closing victory on Al’s shutout.