Jan 7, 2020

Remembering Mets History (2004): Mike Cameron's Walk Off Hits

Saturday June 19th 2004: The previous evening the Mets had honored Mike Piazza as he set a HR record, for most HRs all time by a catcher. Cameron had come to bat in the bottom of the 9th, with the score tied at 2-2. 

He blasted a walk off HR off Tigers reliever Danny Patterson for the exciting win. In this next game it was Cameron once again who would provide the walk off heroics.

Today Art Howe's Mets (33-34) sent Al Leiter to the mound against Alan Trammel & the Detroit Tigers' (31-36) Jason Johnson. 


Starting Lineups






In the 1st inning, the Tigers got Leiter with two singles & a walk to start out the game. With the bases loaded Carlos Guillen hit a one out double, giving the Tigers a 2-0 lead. In the top of the 2nd, Leiter got out of another bases loaded jam, as he got the pitcher, Jason Johnson to pop out.

In the home 2nd, The Mets got a run back, Cliff Floyd, Mike Cameron & Jason Phillips all singled. Then Eric Valents fielders choice brought home Floyd. 

In the 8th, John Franco walked the Tigers Carlos Pena & the Omar Infante reached on a bunt base hit. Alex Sanchez grounded out, bringing in Pena with the third run, it was 3-1 Detroit.

In the home 8th Karim Garcia doubled & reached third on a wild pitch from Johnson. Jose Reyes then reached second on an error by the short stop & Garcia was able to score. Reyes got to third tagging up on a Ty Wigginton fly out. Cliff Floyd then singled, as Reyes scored to tie the game at 3-3.

The game stayed that way until the 10th inning, when Jose Reyes tripled off new pitcher, Craig Dingman. Ty Wigginton &  Cliff Floyd were both walked intentionally, loading them up for last nights hero; Mike Cameron. 

Cameron came through again, driving a walk off game winning single to left center field scoring Ty Wigginton for the 4-3 Met win.

In Cameron’s first year with the Mets he led the team with 30 HRs with 30 doubles 22 steals & 76 RBIs. He batted .231 & struck out 143 times (10th in the NL).

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