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2000 Game Recap: Agbayani Knocks Back Some Brewers

Benny Agbayani homered in his last two at-bats against the Cubs, and the newly installed lead-off hitter smashed a home run against Jimmy Haynes to give the Mets an early 1-0 lead over the Brewers. This was the beginning of yet another big day at the plate Agbayani.

Again, it was Agbayani knocking home a run in the second. After Jay Payton singled, and Melvin Mora reached on an error, Al Leiter bunted them over. With the lineup flipped over, Agbayani knocked home both Payton and Mora on a two RBI single. With that single, Agbayani alone knocked in enough runs for Leiter who was brilliant.

The only run against Leiter came in the third, and it was partially the result of him issuing a lead-off walk to the eighth place hitter Santiago Perez. After Haynes bunted him over, James Mouton would single him home.

After that RBI single, Leiter would retire 13 of the final 16 batters he faced. It may be too soon to talk Cy Young, but Leiter ran his record up to a career best 8-1, and he has a a very good 3.00 ERA.

When the Brewers scored that run, it was 4-1 Mets as Payton and Mora had hit back-to-back doubles to plate a run in the top of the third.

Things had quieted down from there until the sixth with Mike Piazza hit his 18th home run of the season to increase the Mets lead to 6-1. While Piazza has been nicked up here and there, he continues to just hit. With his going 2-for-5 today with a run, homer, and two RBI, he is hitting an incredible .366/.436/.722. For any position, that’s great. For a catcher that’s seemingly impossible, but that’s another example why Piazza is a future Hall of Famer.

In the eighth, Edgardo Alfonzo doubled, and he would score on a Robin Ventura RBI single. That put the Mets lead at 7-1, and that would be the final score of the game. That’s also what you expect the Mets to do. They are a vastly superior team than the Brewers, and they took care of business.

Game Notes: Agbayani’s homer to lead-off the game was his first against a team other than the Cubs this season. Jason Tyner was held out of the lineup for a second straight game with a sore arm. The Mets other Bobby Jones pitched a scoreless ninth.

Editor’s Note: With there being no games to begin the season, this site will follow the 2000 season and post recaps as if those games happened in real time. If nothing else, it is better to remember this pennant winning season and revisit some of the overlooked games than it is to dwell on the complete lack of baseball.

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