September 13, 1997: Everett's Slam and Gilkey's Winner
|Date: September 13, 1997|
|Mets starter: Jason Isringhausen|
|Winning pitcher: John Franco|
|Key player(s): Carl Everett, Bernard Gilkey|
|Key play: Everett's grand slam in 9th, Gilkey's homer in 11th|
The Mets and Expos played each other on a Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. Coming off a 15-inning game the previous night, the two teams wound up in extra innings again. A Mets' ninth inning rally capped by Carl Everett's grand slam sent the game onward. Bernard Gilkey's three-run homer in the 11th gave the Mets an amazing 9-6 victory.
The Expos got out to a 3-0 first inning lead against Jason Isringhausen. Mark Grudzielanek led off with a single and Mike Lansing followed with a home run. Rondell White added a single to score Darrin Fletcher for the third Montreal run.
David Segui's two-run double increased the Expos' lead in the top of the fifth. They added another run in the eighth on Fletcher's sacrifice fly to score Jose Vidro. Meanwhile, Montreal starter Dustin Hermanson held the Mets to only a controversial pinch-hit single by Carlos Mendoza through the first eight innings.
Trailing 6-0 in the ninth, the Mets got one-out singles from Butch Huskey and Carlos Baerga. Brian McRae flied out and pinch-hitter Roberto Petagine singled to score Huskey and Baerga. Hermanson was removed before Luis Lopez and Matt Franco got singles off Expo relievers to load the bases with two out. Everett then hit a dramatic grand slam off Ugueth Urbina to tie the game, 6-6.
In the bottom of the eleventh, McRae led off with a single and was sacrificed to second base. Lopez walked and Franco struck out, bringing up Gilkey to pinch-hit for pitcher John Franco. For Montreal, Mike Thurman replaced pitcher Steve Kline to face Gilkey. Bernard tagged Thurman with a home run to win the game for the Mets. The fans at Shea who stayed to the end had their patience greatly rewarded with a miracle finish.