Oct 17, 2018

Remembering Mets History (2000): NLCS Game #4: Mets Score Ten Runs & Are One Win Away From the NL Pennant

Sunday October 15th, 2000: NLCS Game #4- Shea Stadium, New York

With the Mets up two games to one, Manager Bobby Valentine sent Bobby Jones (11-6 / 5.06 ERA) to the mound for Game #4. This was Jones first start since his one hitter against the San Francisco Giants to clinch the NLDS. His Cardinal opponent tonight; Daryl Kile (20-9 / 3.91 ERA). 55,665 excited Mets fans filled up Shea Stadium on a beautiful fall evening.

Starting Lineups

Tonight’s start wasn’t anywhere near as good as Bobby Jones' last, he surrendered six runs in four innings. In the first the Cards started off with a two run HR from Jim Edmonds to take the early lead.

The Mets answered right away, they hit five doubles in the bottom of the 1st inning; Timo Perez led off with a ground rule doble. Edgardo Alfonzo doubled to right bringing in New York's first run. Mike Piazza followed with a double but Alfonzo was unable to score. 

Robin Ventura then doubled past Edmonds in deep center field bringing in both Alfonzo & Piazza making it 3-2 Mets. After Todd Zeile grounded out, Benny Agbayani hit the fifth double of the inning giving the Mets a 4-2 lead.

The Mets got seven runs off twenty game winner; Daryl Kile in the first two innings.
In the home 2nd, seven Mets came to the plate, with one out Timo Perez singled & stole second base. 

After Alfonzo flew out to center field, Manager Tony LaRussa walked Mike Piazza intentionally. Kyle then walked Robin Ventura as well. With the bases loaded, Todd Zeile lined a double to left field bringing in two more runs. Agbayani followed with a base hit bringing in Ventura to make it 7-3 Mets.

Mike Piazza added a HR in the 4th inning off reliever; Mike James to extend the Mets lead to 8-2. In the 5th St. Louis got three straight hits including an Eric Davis RBI double. Bobby Valentine went to his bullpen & brought in Glendon Rusch, normally a starter. He gave up two more hits as the Cards made it a close game as it was now 8-6.

In the home 6th, Mike Bordick walked & was bunted over by Rusch. The Cards third baseman; Fernando Tatis made two errors in the inning, one off the bat of Mike Piazza which scored a run. Pitcher; Mike Timlin hit Edgardo Alfonzo with a pitch & then Robin Ventura added a sac fly RBI making it 10-6, which would be the final score.

Glenden Rusch earned the victory as he threw three solid innings (5-6-7) of shutout baseball. John Franco threw a scoreless 8th & Armando Benitez earned the save, although he allowed a hit as well as a walk in the 9th inning.

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