September 9, 2002: Six Runs in 7th Overtake Phils

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Date: September 9, 2002
Mets starter: Mike Bacsik
Mets: 6
Phillies: 4
Winning pitcher: Jeff D'Amico
Key player(s): Mike Piazza
Key play: Piazza’s grand slam

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Monday night in Philadelphia. The team was aiming for a sweep of a four-game series and its seventh win in a row. Six runs in the seventh inning overtook a Phillies lead and resulted in a 6-4 victory for the Mets.

Mets’ starter Mike Bacsik and the Phils’ Hector Mercado each pitched scoreless ball from the first inning to the third. In the top of the fourth, Mercado retired the Mets in order. Bobby Abreu opened the bottom half with a single and Pat Burrell followed with a home run for a 2-0 Philadelphia lead. Later in the inning, the Phillies loaded with bases with two outs. Bacsik retired Doug Glanville on a ground ball to first baseman Ty Wigginton for the third out. Phils’ reliever Carlos Silva then pitched a perfect top of the fifth inning with three infield grounders.

Jummie Rollins doubled and Abreu walked to begin the bottom of the fifth. Mets’ reliever Jeff D'Amico came in to pitch and struck out Burrell. A double by Mike Lieberthal scored Rollins with the Phillies’ third run of the game. Pinch-hitter Travis Lee was walked intentionally and Marlon Anderson grounded into an inning-ending double play. Silva shut down the Mets again in the top of the sixth. D’Amico then retired the Phils in order in the bottom half.

Wigginton singled off Phils’ reliever Mike Timlin to start the top of the seventh inning. Raul Gonzalez followed with a single and pinch-hitter Timo Perez fouled out to third baseman Tomas Perez. Jeromy Burnitz got a pinch-hit single to load the bases. Pinch-hitter John Valentin hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Wigginton. Timlin walked Roger Cedeno to reload the bases and issued a base on balls to Roberto Alomar that forced home Gonzalez. After an argument with home plate umpire Larry Vanover, the Philadelphia pitcher was ejected from the game.

For the Phillies, Jose Santiago came in to replace Timlin on the mound. Mike Piazza greeted the new pitcher with a grand slam to give the Mets a 6-3 lead. Santiago retired Edgardo Alfonzo on a fly ball to right fielder Abreu for the third out of the inning. Mets’ reliever Mark Guthrie then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Following a scoreless eighth inning, the Mets were retired in order by Phils’ reliever Jose Mesa in the top of the ninth. Armando Benitez struck out Rollins to start the bottom of the inning. Abreu singled and went to second base on catcher Piazza’s passed ball. Burrell struck out and a single by Lieberthal brought home Abreu. Benitez then struck out Lee to end the game. The Mets had a four-game sweep of the series and their seventh consecutive win.

Notes

  • Piazza's grand slam was his sixth as a Met, setting a new team record.