METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE AUGUST 4, 1998 GAME:
June 16, 2005
File this one as another of the wild and wacky 1998 Mets games.
Giants take a 4-0 lead on Leiter. But the Mets battled back in the 6th. Todd Pratt drilled a 2-run single, followed by an RBI single from Tony Phillips and an RBI groundout by Alfonzo. Luis Lopez doubled home a run in the 7th, and the Mets took a 6-4 lead into the 9th.
Except that it was another one of those John Franco 9ths. He gives up a quick run and has the tying run on base. 2 outs, 2 strikes on Bonds, you know he's going to turn over that changeup and try to drop it in on the inside corner.
Bonds lined it into RF for the tying hit. Franco was mercilessly booed as the inning ended.
In the 10th, Jose Mesa came in for the Giants and loaded the bases with nobody out. Piazza hit a shot, but right at Aurilia at SS, who threw home for the force. 1 out.
Brian McRae chopped one out to Snow at 1B. He threw home for the force. 2 out.
It came down to Lenny Harris. Harris worked the count full, then fouled off several borderline pitches from Mesa. Trying to get one he could hit. Waiting for Mesa to miss.
Finally, Mesa threw one in the dirt. Harris trotted to first, Olerud trotted home and the Mets took home a W.