CHICAGO (AP) -- For the New York Mets, it was a grand slam of an
"It was just amazing to keep going like that. You never think
you're going to score 11 runs in one inning," Floyd said Sunday
night after Mets' sixth-inning outburst sent them to a 13-7 victory
over the Chicago Cubs.
It was one of those hot summer nights at Wrigley Field where the
wind is blowing out and the ball is flying over the wall.
New York sent 16 batters to the plate in the sixth and benefited
from two errors on Cubs second baseman Todd Walker that led to
eight of the 11 runs being unearned. The half-inning, on a muggy
95-degree night, took 41 minutes to play and saw the Cubs make 70
"You walk up to the plate and you have to start asking
questions of the umpire and to the catcher. I know Michael Barrett.
'Have you ever see anything like this?'" Floyd said. "He said,
'No, I haven't.' It's kind of nothing you can do, wind blowing out,
you make pitches and we put swings on them and it happens."
The Mets' outburst marked the first time a team had two grand
slams in an inning since April 23, 1999, when St. Louis' Fernando
Tatis hit two in the third at Los Angeles.
"Obviously in this ballpark, anything can happen at any time,"
Mets manager Willie Randolph said.
"It was a total nightmare. We gave them too many outs. A team
like that who can score runs, you can't give them outs," Cubs
manager Dusty Baker said. "I've never seen two grand slams in the
New York trailed 5-0 after two innings before showing why it is
the highest scoring team in the National League and the one with
the best record (55-37).
Floyd's grand slam was a liner to left field off Sean Marshall
(5-8) that just cleared the wall and landed in the basket above the
The Mets loaded the bases the first time when Beltran reached on
Walker's error, Carlos Delgado hit a sinking liner to center that
Juan Pierre couldn't hold for a single and Wright blooped a base
hit to right.
"I think after he [Walker] missed that ball, everything changed
our way," Beltran said.
Floyd, who had a solo homer in the fifth, then delivered his
sixth career slam to give the Mets a 6-5 lead. He had only seven
homers all season entering the game.
"He got it up in the wind and fortunately for him it carried
out," Marshall said. "It turned the game. ... It was a tough luck
inning for us. They scattered some bloop hits and it was tough to
watch, but that stuff happens in baseball."
Jose Valentin singled to load the bases, and after a runner was
cut down at the plate on a fielder's choice grounder, Beltran sent
the Mets' second grand slam of the inning into the seats in
left-center, the fifth bases-loaded homer of his career.
After Delgado doubled, Wright hit a two-run homer to make it
13-5 and Cubs fans in the bleachers began to throw debris on the
field in disgust as the grounds crew ran onto the field to clean it
"I was embarrassed to be out there today," Walker said. "I
didn't catch either ball. I was responsible for the 11 runs in that
inning. You can pin this game on me. I don't know what to say.
"It's humiliating. I wouldn't wish that feeling on anybody. You
want to crawl in a hole."
Reliever Pedro Feliciano (3-2) worked a scoreless fifth to get
Marshall was staked to a 5-0 lead after two innings when the
Cubs drove veteran Orlando Hernandez out after 1 2/3 innings,
matching his shortest stint of the season. Hernandez gave up seven
hits and five runs.
Marshall ended up lasting just 5 1/3 innings, giving up seven
hits and seven runs -- five earned. Novoa lasted one-third of an
inning, allowing five hits and six runs, none earned.
Pierre had four of the 15 hits for the Cubs, and Michael Barrett
added RBI doubles in the first and second innings to help Chicago
jump to the 5-0 lead.
Chris Woodward hit a solo homer in the fourth for the Mets'
The Mets' previous high for an inning was 10 runs against
Cincinnati in 1979 and Atlanta in 2000. ... It marked the first
time in club history the Mets had two grand slams in the same
inning. ... It was the first time in club history the Cubs had
given up two grand slams in the same inning, according to team
historian Ed Hartig. ... New York, which had 14 hits, had two grand
slams this season before Sunday.
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