Top 10 Subway Series moments (cont.)
Posted: Friday May 18, 2007 1:34PM; Updated: Friday May 18, 2007 2:31PM
In May of 2005 relief pitcher Dae-Sung Koo baffled Randy Johnson, doubling to lead off the bottom of the seventh with the Mets already ahead 2-0. But he wasn't finished. Koo raced around third and scored on the next play, a bunt by Jose Reyes. The Mets cruised to a 7-1 victory.
Bobby's Boo Boo
Bobby Valentine sent Mel Rojas to face Paul O'Neill and lived to regret it as the Yankees won the first Shea showdown between the two, in late June 1998. Down 4-3 in the seventh inning, Chuck Knoblauch drew a walk and Derek Jeter singled, driving starter Al Leiter from the game. O'Neill was next and homered to the opposite field off Rojas. The Mets loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth, the tying run at the plate, but Rivera got Edgardo Alfonzo to pop out to end it.
Down 7-2 in the eighth inning of a game at Shea in mid-June 2001, the Mets staged an improbable rally. Yankees reliever Randy Choate was knocked around and was eventually replaced by Carlos Almanzar. By the time Piazza came to bat the Mets were trailing by just one run with two men out. Piazza launched a two-run moonshot, giving the Mets the lead. The much-maligned Armando Benitez retired the Yankees in order in the ninth.
You Balkin' to Me?
A June 18, 1997, game at Yankee Stadium featured another unlikely hero for the Mets. David Cone had been pitching a terrific game for the Yankees (he had given up two runs on two hits and a couple of walks with 11 strikeouts over eight innings), and had a 2-1 lead. Franco doubled to lead of the eighth and Steve Bieser came in to pinch run. After Carl Everett flew out, Bieser advanced to third on a groundout. Then Bieser distracted Cone into a balk, tying the game. The Yankees prevailed, however, when Tino Martinez singled home O'Neill in the bottom of the 10th.
Here's Mud in Yer Eye
The day before the Fourth of July, 2004, saw another barn burner between the two teams, who combined for five home runs (two from the Yankees' Tony Clark) and a bunch of lead changes. The Yankees tied the game at eight in the eighth inning, but the Mets staged a rally against reliever Tanyon Sturtze in the bottom of the ninth. Kaz Matsui walked to open the inning, and Cliff Floyd walked after Piazza had popped out to second. Sturtze hit Richard Hidalgo before former Yankee outfielder Shane Spencer drove in the winning run on a weak ground ball. Shades of Matt Franco for the Mets, and sweet revenge for Spencer.