Jun 22, 2009

Today In Mets History: 2000- Mets Batter Pirates in Nine Run Third Inning

June 23, 2000: A Friday night crowd of over 40,000 gathered at Shea to see the 2nd place Mets vs the 3rd Pirates. The Mets bats were alive tonight belting out 12 runs and 14 hits. Nine of those runs were scored in the 3rd inning as they knocked out eight hits, sending 13 batters to the plate. Pirate pitcher Bronson Arroyo was charged with all nine runs before being relieved by Jeff Wallace.

With one out Derek Bell walked & Eduardo Alfonzo singled. Mike Piazza followed with his 21st HR of the season putting New York up 4-0. Next Robin Ventura, Todd Zeile & Jay Payton all singled, 5-0 Mets. Benny Agbayani walked and Melvin Mora doubled to cleared the bases, he was driven in by Alfonzo making it 10-1 New York. Everyone in the starting lineup got a hit (except the pitchers spot) Alfonzo, Ziele, Agbayani & Payton all had 2 hits each.
Bobby Jones cruised to the victory, striking out eight Pirates; allowing only five hits through 8 innings, Rich Rodriquez finished it up in the 9th. For Jones it was only his 2nd victory of the season & his best outing until that point, his ERA was still over eight. He would improve, ending up 11-6 for the 2000 NL Champion Mets.

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