METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE APRIL 15, 2002 GAME:
July 5, 2005
This is one of my favorite games.
Estes stunk early. I mean, that's not saying much since he stunk most of his time with the Mets, but he was particularly bad here. He turned a 1 run inning into a 5-run bloodbath in the second by giving up a 2 run single to Furcal and a bomb of a HR to Andro Jones. His line was nothing short of ugly and it looked like a long night.
Except that the Mets came back in the 7th. Down 6-1, Piazza led off with his second HR of the game, followed by doubles from Alfonzo and Burnitz. Ordonez singled home Burnitz to make it 6-4. John Valentin followed by walloping the first pitch from Mike Remlinger off the Retired Numbers to tie the game. The crowd went nuts. It was like the 10-run inning in 2000 on a smaller scale.
The bullpens basically took over after that. Atlanta had one hit after the 6th inning. The Mets left the bases loaded in the 10th (This was Spooneybarger who held them down, I believe. If it wasn't, I just wanted to mention Spooneybarger.).
Finally, in the 12th, Payton led off with a walk, Piazza walked two batters later, and Alfonzo nailed a single to left to bring home Payton with the game winner.
This was a great early season win for the Mets, although a moment that was not repeated very often over the course of the forgettable 2002 season.
January 11, 2011
I was at this game too. The Met bullpen (Roberts, Kane Davis (!), Weathers, Benitez and Strickland) combined for 9 scoreless innings. The rally in the 7th was keyed by Ordonez' squeeze bunt that went for a single, scoring Burnitz.