Jan 17, 2018

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

Friday June 23rd, 2000: A large crowd of 39,849 gathered at Shea Stadium to see Bobby Valentine's second place Mets (39-31) host Gene Lamont's third place Pittsburgh Pirates (39-31). The Mets sent Bobby Jones to the hill against Pittsburgh's Bronson Arroyo.

Starting Lineups

In the 2nd inning, Arroyo balked with the bases loaded making it 1-0 Mets. In the top of the 3rd a Warren Morris sac fly tied it up.

The Mets blew it open with a huge third inning. With one out Derek Bell walked & Eduardo Alfonzo singled. Mike Piazza followed with his 21st HR of the season, a three run shot putting New York up 4-0. Next Robin Ventura, Todd Zeile & Jay Payton all singled, making it 5-0 Mets. Benny Agbayani walked to load the bases. Melvin Mora doubled to cleared the bases, making it 8-0 Mets. Derek Bell then singled as well to make it 9-0 Mets.

Arroyo left the game & Jeff Wallace took the mound. He was greeted by Edgardo Alfonzo who singled, making it 10-1 New York. The Mets sent 13 men to the plate, belting out eight hits with nine runs.

Everyone in the Mets starting lineup got a hit on the night (except the pitchers spot) Alfonzo, Ziele, Agbayani & Payton all had two hits each.

Bobby Jones cruised to the victory, striking out eight Pirates; allowing only five hits through eight innings. The Mets Rich Rodriquez finished it up in the 9th. For Jones it was only his second victory of the season & his best outing up to that point as his ERA was still over eight. He would improve, ending up 11-6 for the 2000 NL Champion Mets that year.

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