Tonight Bobby Valentines Mets visited Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Stadium to face Gene Lamont's Pirates.
It was to be a long four hour & ten minute affair that would go twelve innings.
|New York Mets||Pittsburgh Pirates|
|1||Rickey Henderson||LF||1||Jason Kendall||C|
|2||Derek Bell||RF||2||Pat Meares||SS|
|3||Edgardo Alfonzo||2B||3||Brian Giles||RF|
|4||Mike Piazza||C||4||Kevin Young||1B|
|5||Robin Ventura||3B||5||Wil Cordero||LF|
|6||Todd Zeile||1B||6||Warren Morris||2B|
|7||Jon Nunnally||CF||7||Aramis Ramirez||3B|
|8||Rey Ordonez||SS||8||Chad Hermansen||CF|
|9||Al Leiter||P||9||Jason Schmidt||P|
The Mets would send five pitchers to the mound, starting with Al Leiter who pitched into the 8th inning. Leiter allowed just three runs, two earned on six hits while striking out six. Turk Wendell closed out the 8th.
Armando Benitez came on for the 9th inning and in a familiar scene blew a one run lead sending the game to extra innings. From there it was John Franco who would eventually earn the win pitching two scoreless innings the 10th & 11th. Dennis Cook came on to close it, he allowed a run but the Mets won it 8-5.
The hero of the night was Mike Piazza, it was on this night Piazza had one of his biggest nights, collecting a career high five hits. He began his night with a base hit leading off the 2nd inning. In the 3rd inning, Piazza drew a walk.
In the 5th, with the score tied 1-1, Piazza delivered a double to right field off Jason Schmidt, scoring Edgardo Alfonzo. In the top of the 7th with the score tied 2-2, Piazza hit hs first HR of the night. Robin Ventura followed with a HR of his own, ack to back blasts made it 4-2 Mets.
As the game went to the 12th inning, the Mets attacked Pirate reliever Jose Silva. Rey Ordonez singled, pinch hitter Benny Agbayani doubled to left field & Melvin Mora brought them both in putting the Mets ahead 6-4 with a base hit.
Then Pizza came up with Edgardo Alfonzo on base & hit his second HR of the night. The HR was his third on the season where he would go on to hit 38 & drive in 113 runs. On this night he had five hits, two HRs four RBIs, two runs scored & a walk.
This raised his season average to .350 this early on, he would go on to hit .324 leading the Mets to the World Series & a NL Championship crown.