By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
Yankees Come From Behind To Edge Mets, 4-3
The Yankees-Mets series opener was the longest World Series game in Major League history at 4 hours and 51 minutes. In addition, this game extended the Yankees’ consecutive game winning-record in series games to 13.
With the Yankees ahead, 2-0, the Mets rallied to tie the game on a bases-loaded single by Todd Zeile and an infield single by Edgardo Alfonzo to take a 3-2 lead. The Mets had a chance to finish the Yankees in the bottom of the ninth, but relief closer Armando Benitez loaded the bases, which set-up Chuck Knoblauch’s sacrifice RBI single that drove home Paul O’Neill, who had walked on base.
Mets starter Al Leiter did well through seven innings of pitching, allowing two runs, five hits, two bases on balls, and striking out seven Yanks. John Franco, coming out of the bullpen for the Mets, did his job by holding the Mets scoreless in the eighth. Benitez gave up the Mets’ lead while Turk Wendell – the losing pitcher – gave up the game- winning single to Vizcaino that brought home Tino Martinez.
For the Yanks, Andy Pettitte left the game after 6 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on eight hits, and striking out four. Yankee closer Mariano Rivera pitched two innings of scoreless baseball, but Mike Stanton was declared the winning pitcher – holding the Mets scoreless in two innings, striking out three.
Game 2 of the historically wonderful Yankees-Mets series will be today, again at Yankee Stadium. Roger Clemens (13-8, 3.70), the man who beaned Mike Piazza upside his head during the summer, starts for the Yankees. Mike Hampton (15-10, 3.14) is a go for the Mets.