How the virtue of sacrifice paid off
NEW YORK -- The New York Mets set a National League record Friday night by hitting three sacrifice flies in the second inning against the Yankees.
Marlon Anderson singled off the glove of a leaping Tino Martinez at first base leading off. David Wright was walked by Mike Mussina, and Doug Mientkiewicz loaded the bases with a bunt single down the third-base line.
Ramon Castro's sacrifice fly to right tied it 1-all and Wright advanced to third. Jose Reyes then hit a flyball that center fielder Bernie Williams dropped. Wright scored and Reyes reached on the error and was credited with a sacrifice fly.
With Mike Cameron batting, Mussina attempted to pick off Mientkiewicz at second base but his throw was in the dirt and went onto the outfield grass allowing both runners to advance. Cameron then flied out to right field, scoring Mientkiewicz for the record.
Three American League teams have accomplished the feat. The Yankees did it twice in 2000 and the Chicago White Sox did it in 1962.
On June 29, 2000, Jose Vizcaino, Martinez and Williams did it against Detroit in an eight-run fourth inning; and on Aug. 19, Jorge Posada, Scott Brosius and Clay Bellinger had three against the Anaheim Angels.
Juan Pizarro, Nellie Fox and Al Smith of the White Sox were the first to get three in an inning, against the Cleveland Indians.
Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press
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