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Mets-Yankees season series recap
Updated: Friday October 20, 2000 3:06 AM
NEW YORK (AP) -- A brief recap of each of the six games played this season between the New York Yankees and New York Mets. The Yankees won the season series 4-2.
GAME 1 -- June 9, Yankee Stadium
Mets 12, Yankees 2 Box Score
Mike Piazza hit a grand slam as the Mets bombarded Roger Clemens for nine runs -- matching the most he's ever allowed in a game. The homer was Piazza's third in 11 at-bats against Clemens, setting the stage for serious drama a month later. Derek Bell homered and drove in five runs and Edgardo Alfonzo also connected as the Mets closed their deficit to 7-6 against the Yankees in four seasons of interleague play. Al Leiter got the win, defeating Clemens for the third time in two years. In all three games, Piazza provided a big home run -- this time, launching a long drive to dead center field, toward the tracks of the elevated No. 4 Lexington Avenue subway line that carried many fans toYankee Stadium.
GAME 2 -- June 10, Yankee Stadium
Yankees 13, Mets 5 Box Score
Jorge Posada greeted Pat Mahomes with a tiebreaking three-run homer in a five-run fifth inning as the Yankees evened the series. With the Mets up 5-3, Wilson Delgado hit a leadoff single against loser Bobby J. Jones in the fifth, Paul O'Neill had a two-out RBI double and Bernie Williams tied it with a single. After a hit-and-run single by Tino Martinez, Posada hit Mahomes' full-count offering into the right-field upper deck. Andy Pettitte got the win, allowing five runs, seven hits and four walks in seven innings. In a bit of foreshadowing, Posada commented after the game, "If it was the playoffs or World Series, it would have meant more."
GAME 3 -- July 7, Shea Stadium
Yankees 2, Mets 1 Box Score
O'Neill made a potential game-saving grab over the right-field wall, robbing Bell of a two-run homer in a pitchers' duel between Orlando Hernandez and Leiter. After Melvin Mora tripled with one out in the eighth inning, Bell hit a towering drive into the wind in right field. O'Neill went back to the wall and timed his jump perfectly, reaching about two feet over the eight-foot wall to bring back a sure game-tying home run. It was by far the most dramatic moment in a game dominated by pitching and witnessed by 54,132 fans -- the largest crowd at Shea in 28 years. El Duque allowed one run and five hits in eight innings while Leiter, who fell behind 2-0 in the first on RBI singles byWilliams and Posada, retired 19 of the last 20 batters he faced.
Game 4 -- July, 8, Shea Stadium
Yankees 4, Mets 2, Game 1 Box Score
Martinez homered and drove in three runs to lead the Yankees in the opener of the major league's first double-ballpark doubleheader since Sept. 7, 1903, when the New York Giants played the Brooklyn Superbas. Dwight Gooden, one of the most popular players in Mets' history, faced his former team for the first time and got the win, allowing two runs and six hits in five innings. The game was not without controversy as umpire Robb Cook ruled that first baseman Todd Zeile impeded the path of Chuck Knoblauch, who was thrown out trying to stretch a leadoff single into a double. Mets manager Bobby Valentine was eventually ejected for arguing the call, which subsequently spurred a two-run first inning. Zeile and Knoblauch met again in the fourth when Zeile was called out for interfering with the Yankees second baseman as he tried to field agrounder.
Game 5 -- July 8, Yankee Stadium
Yankees 4, Mets 2, Game 2 Box Score
After the opener, many in the sellout crowd of 54,165 at Shea immediately headed across town for Game 2, which drew 55,821. The Yankees completed the sweep in the most controversial game of the series -- and possibly the entire season. Piazza, who had homered in three straight games against Clemens, was sent sprawling by an 0-1 fastball that hit him in the helmet to start the second. Piazza is 7-for-12 lifetime against Clemens with three homers and a double. In the bottom half of the inning, Glendon Rusch hit Martinez in the backside with his second pitch. Rusch struck out a career-high 10 in the complete-game loss, while Clemens went 7 1-3 innings for the victory. Bell and Alfonzo hit RBI singles in the Mets fifth. In the bottom half, Scott Brosius singled home a run and Knoblauch launched a drive that escaped left fielderLenny Harris' glove when he hit the wall.
Game 6 -- July 9, Shea Stadium
Mets 2, Yankees 0 Box Score
Faced with an embarrassing sweep of the four-game series after the loss of their All-Star catcher, the Mets got seven shutout innings from Mike Hampton to win the finale. The game was controversy-free after a day of turmoil in Saturday's two-stadium doubleheader sweep by the Yankees. Mets GM Steve Phillips tried to defuse the high emotions by keeping the Yankees from a weight room commonly used by his team and opposing players, a ploy Yankees manager Joe Torre called "unprofessional." Zeile hit the game-winning homer in the fourth in nearly the same spot where O'Neill robbed Bell of a two-run homer on Friday night. Yankees left fielder Shane Spencer tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee while fielding a hit by Mora in the first and was lost for the season.