The Mets beat the Giants in the 2000 NLDS, 3-1. And while this year is a one-and-done matchup, let’s hope Wednesday provides as many memorable moments as the last time these teams met in October.
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The Giants took Game 1 that year with relative ease, winning, 5-1, in San Francisco. The next three games, however, provided two thrilling extra-inning affairs and a pitcher with a 4.36 career ERA etching his name into postseason lore.
Game 2: Mets 5, Giants 4
Edgardo Alfonzo’s two-run home run in the top of the ninth appeared to give the Mets a much-needed victory and tie the series at 1-1. J.T. Snow had other ideas, however, launching a tying three-run homer off of Armando Benitez — who had 41 saves that year — in the bottom of the ninth to send Game 2 into extras. The epic blast was punctuated by Snow’s Carlton Fisk-esque body language, as he seemingly willed the ball to stay fair.
Snow ties game in the ninth
NLDS Gm2: Snow’s home run ties game at 4
10/5/00: J.T. Snow hits a pinch hit three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game at 4
Unfortunately for Giants fans, Snow’s heroics were short-lived. Jay Payton snapped an 0-for-7 skid by knocking a clutch two-out RBI single in the top of the 10th to score Darryl Hamilton and give the Mets a 5-4 lead.
Payton plates Hamilton in 10th
NYM@SF Gm2: Payton plates Hamilton in 10th for lead
10/5/00: Jay Payton’s clutch two-out RBI single in the top of the 10th to plate Darryl Hamilton gives the Mets a 5-4 lead over the Giants
Of course, Benitez did not make things easy for the Mets, allowing a leadoff single to Armando Rios before giving way to John Franco, whom Benitez had replaced as the closer. Franco proceeded to escape the jam, striking out Barry Bonds looking on a 3-2 pitch with the tying run on base to secure the win.
Franco freezes Bonds
2000 NLDS Gm2: Franco freezes Bonds, Mets even series
10/5/00: John Franco strikes out Barry Bonds looking for the final out with a 3-2 offspeed pitch
Game 3: Mets 3, Giants 2
Game 3 was tightly contested, with the Giants holding a slim 2-1 lead before Alfonso hit a game-tying double in the top of the eighth off of Robb Nen, who was in the midst of the best year of his career. The Giants’ closer had posted a 1.50 ERA while striking out more than 12 per nine innings while finishing fourth in the NL Cy Young Award voting. Nen had been brought on with two outs and Lenny Harris on second but could not secure the four-out save.
Alfonzo’s clutch double
2000 NLDS Gm3: Alfonzo’s two-out double ties game
10/7/00: The Mets tie the game on Edgardo Alfonzo’s two-out double in the bottom of the 8th
It was crickets for the next four innings. Then: Benny Agbayani. The Mets’ outfielder walked it off with a solo home run off Aaron Fultz in the bottom of the 13th to give the Mets a 2-1 series lead.
Agbayani’s walk-off homer
2000 NLDS Gm3: Agbayani’s walk-off homer in the 13th
10/7/00: Benny Agbayani hits a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 13th to give the Mets a 3-2 win over the Giants and a 2-1 series lead
Game 4: Mets 4, Giants 0
Mets right-hander Bobby Jones was a first-round Draft pick in 1991 who had a 5.06 ERA during the 2000 regular season and lost 19 games the following year. But on Oct. 8, 2000, he was the best pitcher in baseball.
Mets advance to NLCS
SF@NYM Gm4: Bobby J. Jones gets the final out
10/8/00: Bobby J. Jones gets the final out of a one-hitter as the Mets defeat the Giants to advance to the NLCS
Jones stymied the powerful Giants offense, allowing just one hit — a fifth-inning Jeff Kent double — while striking out five, walking just two and retiring Bonds for the final out to send the Mets to the NLCS.
As it turned out, Robin Ventura’s two-run homer in the first inning would be all the Mets would need to clinch the NLDS and eventually the pennant.
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