September 4, 1996: Mets Beat Dodgers in 12 Innings
|Date: September 4, 1996|
|Mets starter: Pete Harnisch|
|Winning pitcher: Derek Wallace|
|Key player(s): Butch Huskey, Alvaro Espinoza, Carl Everett|
|Key play: Huskey's single in 6th, Everett’s RBI in 12th|
The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Wednesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets scored a run in the 12th inning for a 3-2 win over Los Angeles.
Pete Harnisch and the Dodgers’ Tom Candiotti each pitched two scoreless innings to start the game. Juan Castro drew a walk to lead off the top of the third. Castro moved to second base on Candiotti’s sacrifice bunt and to third on Wayne Kirby’s ground out to first baseman Roberto Petagine. Dave Clark singled to score Castro for a 1-0 Los Angeles lead. Mike Piazza hit a single and Harnisch retired Eric Karros on an inning-ending line drive to center fielder Lance Johnson. Candiotti then shut down the Mets in the bottom half.
Harnisch limited the Dodgers to a double by Tim Wallach in the top of the fourth. Candiotti hurled a perfect bottom half and Pete set down all three hitters in the top of the fifth. Butch Huskey got an infield single to begin the bottom of the inning. Rey Ordonez drew a walk and Harnisch popped out to first baseman Karros. Johnson flied out to center fielder Kirby and single by Edgardo Alfonzo ensued. On the hit, Huskey came home with the tying run via an error by catcher Piazza. Candiotti then got Carl Everett to fly out to Kirby and end the inning.
Harnisch yielded only a double to Raul Mondesi in the top of the sixth. To open the bottom half, Todd Hundley drew a walk and Chris Jones followed with a single to left field. Petagine went down on strikes and Huskey singled to score Hundley for a 2-1 Mets lead. Candiotti got Ordonez to hit a ground ball back to the mound for an inning-ending double play and Mets’ reliever Jerry DiPoto pitched a scoreless top of the seventh. For Los Angeles, reliever Chan Ho Park retired the side in order in the bottom half.
Piazza drew a one-out walk against DiPoto in the top of the eighth inning. Karros hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Ordonez and (with John Franco on the mound facing Mondesi) stole second base. Mondesi hit a single to drive home Karros and tie the game at 2-2. On his own hit, Mondesi advanced to third base via an error by Johnson. Franco struck out Wallach to end the inning. Park then shut down the Mets in the bottom half.
Franco retired the Dodgers 1-2-3 in the top of the ninth. Petagine drew a walk against Los Angeles reliever Mark Guthrie to lead off the bottom of the inning. Tim Bogar and Ordonez followed with consecutive force play grounders and Alvaro Espinoza singled to right field. Guthrie got Johnson on a ground ball to second baseman Castro to send the game into extra innings and Franco hurled a scoreless top of the 10th. Guthrie then set down all three Mets batters in the bottom of the inning.
Mets’ reliever Derek Wallace threw a called third strike past Mondesi to open the top of the 11th. Wallach and Greg Gagne got back-to-back singles and pinch-hitter Delino DeShields flied out to left fielder Jones. Pinch-hitter Dave Hansen hit a force play grounder to Ordonez that closed out the inning and Dodgers’ reliever Darren Dreifort gave up just a single to Bogar in the bottom half. Wallace then retired all three Los Angeles batters in the top of the 12th inning.
Espinoza singled to begin the bottom of the 12th. Johnson hit a single and pinch-hitter Brent Mayne’s sacrifice bunt advanced the runners to second and third base. Everett followed with a fielder’s choice ground ball to score Espinoza and bring the game to an end. The Mets had an extra-inning victory to conclude the series.