Mets manager; Bobby Valentine juggled 15 different players in his line up throughout the day, only managing to get eight hits out of their bats. His biggest bat, Mike Piazza was sidelined due to a sore thumb and back up Todd Pratt was inserted in the lineup.
|Arizona Diamondbacks||New York Mets|
|1||Tony Womack||SS||1||Rickey Henderson||LF|
|2||Jay Bell||2B||2||Edgardo Alfonzo||2B|
|3||Luis Gonzalez||LF||3||John Olerud||1B|
|4||Matt Williams||3B||4||Benny Agbayani||RF|
|5||Greg Colbrunn||1B||5||Robin Ventura||3B|
|6||Steve Finley||CF||6||Todd Pratt||C|
|7||Bernard Gilkey||RF||7||Darryl Hamilton||CF|
|8||Kelly Stinnett||C||8||Rey Ordonez||SS|
|9||Brian Anderson||P||9||Al Leiter|
Al Leiter (13-12 / 4.13 ERA / 162 Ks) got the start against Brian Anderson (8-2 / 4.57 ERA).
Today, Leiter he was outstanding, allowing just two hits & a run through the first seven innings.
The first hit he allowed was in the 5th inning, that was the HR to Greg Colbrunn, tying up the game at one each.
Arizona's Brian Anderson, gave up a single to Jon Olerud in the 1st inning. He would not allow another hit until the 4th inning, when Edgardo Alfonzo hit solo HR giving the Mets the early lead.
In the home 6th, Rickey Henderson & John Olerud both singled. Then Benny Agbayani doubled bringing in Henderson to put the Mets ahead 2-1.
In the top of the 8th, Leiter got the first two outs but then walked Turner Ward & gave up a single to Tony Womack. Bobby Valentine removed Leiter, handing the ball over to Armando Benitez.
Benitez immediately gave up a double to Jay Bell, giving Arizona the a 3-2 lead.
But the Mets came right back in the home 8th. Edgardo Alfonzo walked, and John Olerud reached base on a Luis Gonzales error. Roger Cedeno then tied it up with a sac fly setting the stage for extra innings.
Benitez got through the 9th & John Franco tossed a scoreless 10th inning. Arizona brought in Matt Mantei to pitch, & with one out, nobody on backup catcher Todd Pratt came to bat.
Pratt had been up twice in the game with runners in scoring position went hitless both times. But here he blasted a shot to deep centerfield; Steve Finley leaped to the top of the fence at the classic 410 marker on the Shea wall. He landed on the ground & for a moment no one knew if the catch was made or not.
Pratt stopped half way around first base to pray & see if Finley had made the catch. But it was soon clear Finley came up empty & it was ruled a HR.
The Shea Faithful & the Mets team went crazy as Pratt leaped in the air
getting mobbed at home plate by his team mates.
He became the just fourth MLB player in history to end a Post Season Series with a walk off HR. The Mets advanced to the 1999 NLCS & avoided a date in the desert facing Randy Johnson for Game #5. Arizona manager Buck Schowalter was soon fired after the series.