Burrell Scorches Mets Again

It was a moment out of a Hollywood movie. Mike Piazza, who had hit two long 3-run home runs in the game already, was facing Phillies closer Jose Mesa with a runner on with two outs. It was a chance to put the Mets ahead in the game again. Unfortunately, Hollywood lost out as Mesa struck Piazza out to end the game as the Mets lost 8-7 in a game that saw five home runs between the two teams and the lead change sides five times as both teams' bullpens imploded on Wednesday night in Philadelphia.

Pat Burrell continued his torrid hitting of Mets pitching, hitting his thirteenth career home run off the Mets, driving in two runs and he also scored twice.

The Phillies scored first when Mike Lieberthal hit a single, scoring Burrell, who had singled earlier.

Phillies starter Randy Wolf was cruising through the fifth inning, allowing only one hit, although he did have to pitch out of a men-on-first-and-second-and-no-outs situation in the fourth. D'Amico led off the inning with a single. Roger Cedeno then hit a single himself. After Edgardo Alfonzo flied out, Mike Piazza turned on a Wolf fastball and sent it sailing into the night. As he circled the bases, he had a scowl on his face, but the scowl softened as he rounded third and he pointed to his father, who was sitting in the stands on the third base side. Mo Vaughn then followed with his tenth home run of the year to give the Mets a 4-1 lead.

It was the Phillies' turn in the bottom of the inning when Bobby Abreau and Burrell hit back-to-back home runs to tie the game. Abreau's home run was a two run home run. That was it for D'Amico, who was replaced by David Weathers. Weathers, sweating profusely from the heat, immediately gave up a single to Scott Rolen and a run-scoring double to Marlon Anderson to make the score 5-4.After Lieberthal hit a fielder's choice to move Anderson to third, the Mets walked Tomas Perez intentionally to set up a potential double play. Weathers couldn't get the double play as he gave up a run scoring single to Doug Glanville, who was pinch-hitting for Wolf. Weathers was then yanked for rookie Jaime Cerda. Cerda retired the next two hitters to keep the score 6-4.

Piazza had a more relaxed expression on his face as he rounded the bases in the seventh, having hit his second consecutive three-run home run, this time it was an opposite field shot off of Bobby Silva, who had come in to relieve Wolf. The home run put the Mets ahead 7-6.

The Phillies would not quit, first chasing Cerda from the game with a leadoff walk by Abreau. Scott Strickland was brought into the game and Burrell, whom Steve Phillips is now likely thinking of trading for just to keep him from hitting against them, doubled in Abreau, who had stolen second. The Phillies ran themselves out of the inning though, when Burrell first got frozen on a ground ball by Rolen and was tagged out. After Rolen stole second, he tried to steal third, and was thrown out by an alert Strickland.

The Phillies took an 8-7 lead in the bottom of the eighth when Anderson singled off of Mark Guthrie, who had come in to relieve Strickland, who had given up a double to Ricky Ledee. Ledee scored on Anderson's single.

Notes


-Roberto Alomar did not start because he has been struggling mightily when batting from the right side, and Wolf is a left-handed pitcher. He came into the game in the seventh when he pinch-hit for Joe McEwing and flied out, and stayed in the game defensively.
-Valentin started at shortstop in place of Ordonez. Ordonez came in the game defensively in the sixth.
-Burrell's home run was the 13th of his career against the Mets. This is his third year in the big leagues.
-The Mets will start a four game series against the Florida Marlins Thursday. Al Leiter (8-6, 2.95 E.R.A.) will face Julian Tavarez. (6-4, 5.67 E.R.A.)



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