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
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.