2000 National League Division Series

2000 National League Division Series

Infobox LDS

year = 2000
champion1 = New York Mets (3)
champion1_manager = Bobby Valentine
champion1_games = 94-68, .580, GB: 1
runnerup1 = San Francisco Giants (1)
runnerup1_manager = Dusty Baker
runnerup1_games = 97-65, .599, GA: 11
date1 = October 4October 8
television1 = ESPN (Games 1, 4)
FOX (Game 2-3)
announcers1 = Jon Miller and Joe Morgan (Games 1, 4)
Thom Brennaman and Bob Brenly (Game 2)
Joe Buck and Tim McCarver (Game 3)
champion2 = St. Louis Cardinals (3)
champion2_manager = Tony La Russa
champion2_games = 95-67, .586, GA: 10
runnerup2 = Atlanta Braves (0)
runnerup2_manager = Bobby Cox
runnerup2_games = 95-67, .586, GA: 1
date2 = October 3October 7
television2 = ESPN
announcers2 = Jon Miller and Buck Martinez (Games 1, 3)
Jon Miller and Joe Morgan (Game 2)
umpires2 = Jeff Kellogg, Gary Cederstrom, Ed Montague, Dan Morrison, Larry Young, Ted Barrett (Giants-Mets, Games 1-2; Cardinals-Braves, Game 3)
Rich Rieker, Terry Craft, Jerry Crawford, Brian Gorman, Rocky Roe, Mike DiMuro (Cardinals-Braves, Games 1-2; Giants-Mets, Games 3-4)
The by|2000 National League Division Series (NLDS), the opening round of the 2000 National League playoffs, began on Tuesday, October 3, and ended on Sunday, October 8, with the champions of the three NL divisions – along with a "wild card" team – participating in two best-of-five series. They were:

*(1) San Francisco Giants (Western Division champions, 97-65) vs. (4) New York Mets (Wild Card, 94-68): Mets win series, 3-1.
*(2) St. Louis Cardinals (Central Division champions, 95-67) vs. (3) Atlanta Braves (Eastern Division champions, 95-67): Cardinals win series, 3-0.

"The higher seed (in parentheses) had the home field advantage (Games 1, 2 and 5 at home), which was determined by playing record. The Cardinals were awarded home field advantage rather than the Braves due to their 4-3 advantage in head-to-head play."

The Cardinals and Mets went on to meet in the NL Championship Series (NLCS). The Mets beat the Cardinals 4 games to 1 to advance to the 2000 World Series, where they would face the American League champion New York Yankees.


an Francisco Giants vs. New York Mets

New York wins the series, 3-1

t. Louis Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves

St. Louis wins the series, 3-0

an Francisco vs. New York

Game 1, October 4

Pacific Bell Park in San Francisco, CaliforniaLinescore
Road=New York|RoadAbr=NYM
Home=San Francisco|HomeAbr=SFG
WP=Liván Hernández (1-0)|LP=Mike Hampton (0-1)|SV=
RoadHR=|HomeHR=Ellis Burks (1)|

Giants Pitcher Liván Hernández allowed 1 run and 5 hits over a 7.2 inning effort, backed by a 3-run Home Run by Ellis Burks as the Giants cruised to an easy 5-1 victory.

Game 2, October 5

Pacific Bell Park in San Francisco, CaliforniaLinescore
Road=New York|RoadAbr=NYM
Home=San Francisco|HomeAbr=SFG
WP=Armando Benitez (1-0)|LP=Felix Rodriguez (0-1)|SV=John Franco (1)
RoadHR=Edgardo Alfonzo (1)|HomeHR=J.T. Snow (1)|

Behind strong pitching from Al Leiter and a 2-run Home Run from Edgardo Alfonzo in the top of the 9th inning, the Mets carried a 4-1 lead into the last of the 9th. However, following a double by Barry Bonds and a single from Jeff Kent, pinch hitter J.T. Snow hit a towering 3-run Home Run off of Mets reliever Armando Benitez to tie the game at 4. But the Mets would bounce back in the 10th inning, with Rookie Jay Payton singling home Darryl Hamilton with 2 out in the inning. The Giants would threaten again, and had the tying run on with two out and Bonds at the plate, however John Franco struck out Bonds looking on a wicked 3-2 changeup, giving the Mets a heart-stopping 5-4 victory and a 1-1 series moving to New York.

Game 3, October 7

Shea Stadium in New York, New YorkLinescore
Road=San Francisco|RoadAbr=SFG
Home=New York|HomeAbr=NYM
WP=Rick White (1-0)|LP=Aaron Fultz (0-1)|SV=
RoadHR=|HomeHR=Benny Agbayani (1)|

Giants starting pitcher Russ Ortiz stifled the Mets early, and had a no-hitter entering the 6th inning. He was staked to a 2-0 lead thanks to RBI singles from Bobby Estalella and Marvin Benard. But in the 6th, the Mets broke through. Rookie Timo Pérez, forced into action due to a game 1 injury to starting Right Fielder Derek Bell, blooped a single over 3rd base to score Mike Bordick and put the Mets on the scoreboard.

Two innings later, with the Mets still down by 1 run, pinch hitter Lenny Harris barely beat out the return throw on what would have been an inning ending double play. The Giants brought in closer Robb Nen, who had not blown a save since July to face Edgardo Alfonzo. But Alfonzo ended that streak by ripping a double into the left field corner to score Harris and tie the game.

The game continued on into extra innings, where both teams mounted scoring threats, only to be turned away each time.

The game finally ended when Benny Agbayani blasted a Home Run into the left field bleachers with 1 out in the 13th inning, capping another memorable postseason game at Shea Stadium and putting the Mets ahead in the series 2 games to 1.

"Agbayani hits it to deep left center! Thirteenth inning, Mets win Game three! (Long Pause) Agbayani just let the dogs out!" - Joe Buck of FOX sports calling Benny Agbayani's game winner

Game 4, October 8

Shea Stadium in New York, New YorkLinescore
Road=San Francisco|RoadAbr=SFG
Home=New York|HomeAbr=NYM
WP=Bobby Jones (1-0)|LP=Mark Gardner (0-1)|SV=
RoadHR=|HomeHR=Robin Ventura (1)|

In perhaps the most unlikely great pitching performance in recent memory, Bobby Jones, the Mets fourth starter, completely shut down the Giants offense, hurling a masterful 1-hit shutout to clinch the series for the Mets. Mixing 85 MPH fastballs and 65 MPH curveballs, Jones thoroughly baffled Giant hitters all afternoon, setting down the side in order in 8 of 9 innings. Jeff Kent's leadoff double in the 5th inning would be the Giants only hit. Jones would get all the offense he would need on Robin Ventura's 2-run home run in the 1st inning. Jones got Barry Bonds to fly out to center to end the game, and set off a raucous celebration at Shea Stadium.

Mets announcer Bob Murphy would say following the final out, cquote|The Mets have never had a better ball game pitched in their 39-year history!

The one-hitter set a Mets' record for fewest hits allowed in a post-season game, besting Jon Matlack's two-hitter in the 1973 NLCS.

Composite Box

2000 NLDS (3-1): New York Mets over San Francisco GiantsLinescore
Road=New York Mets
Home=San Francisco Giants
H1=1|H2=1|H3=4|H4=2|H5=0|H6=0|H7=0|H8=0|H9=3|H10=0|H11=0|H12=0|H13=0|HR=11|HH=30|HE=1Total Attendance: 193,375 Average Attendance: 48,344|

t. Louis vs. Atlanta

Game 1, October 3

Busch Stadium II in St. Louis, MissouriLinescore
Home=St. Louis|HomeAbr=STL
WP=Mike James (1-0)|LP=Greg Maddux (0-1)|SV=Dave Veres (1)
RoadHR=|HomeHR=Jim Edmonds (1)|

It was a poorly pitched game for both starters, both of whom would last 4 innings or less. Greg Maddux faced Rick Ankiel. In the bottom of the 1st, Maddux allowed 4 straight hits to lead off the inning. Then key errors allowed the floodgates to open as the Cardinals struck for 5 hits and 6 runs in the inning. But the Braves would make a game of it in the top of the 3rd when Ankiel's control slipped away. He walked Maddux, then threw 4 wild pitches. The Braves would strike for 4 runs, a rally capped by Walt Weiss's two run single. Jim Edmonds would homer to make it 7-4 Cardinals. After the 4th, Maddux was done. The Braves would rally in the 9th and put the tying runs on but would ultimately fall short. Mike James would get the win in relief of Ankiel. The most notable statistic of the game was the men left on base, as both teams stranded 11 men.

Game 2, October 5

Busch Stadium II in St. Louis, MissouriLinescore
Home=St. Louis|HomeAbr=STL
WP=Darryl Kile (1-0)|LP=Tom Glavine (0-1)|SV=
RoadHR=Andruw Jones (1)|HomeHR=Will Clark (1), Carlos Hernández (1), Mark McGwire (1)|

Tom Glavine faced Darryl Kile, hoping to give his team a commanded 2-0 lead. Things certainly didn't look good in the top of the 1st when the Braves scratched out two runs on a single and a groundout. But the Cardinals struck back against Glavine. Will Clark would hit a three run homer in the bottom half to put the Cards up for good. Carlos Hernández homered in the 2nd, then Ray Lankford's two run double gave the Cardinals a commanding 7-2 lead in the 3rd. Glavine was finished and the Braves would ultimately change pitchers 5 times. It was another bad outing by a Cy Young Award winning pitcher. The Cardinals would go on to win 10-4 and take a 2-0 lead in the series.

Game 3, October 7

Turner Field in Atlanta, GeorgiaLinescore
Road=St. Louis|RoadAbr=STL
WP=Britt Reames (1-0)|LP=Kevin Millwood (0-1)|SV=
RoadHR=Fernando Vina (1), Jim Edmonds (2)|HomeHR=|

The Cardinals sent Garrett Stephenson to the mound to finish off the Braves. The Braves' last hope was Kevin Millwood. Fernando Vina's leadoff homer silenced the Atlanta crowd in the 1st. But Andres Galarraga would single in a run to tie the game in the bottom half. But Millwood would also struggle, despite having pitched a one hitter in the playoffs the year before. Jim Edmonds's two run homer into the Atlanta bullpen in the 3rd put the Cards in front for good. Edmonds' homer symbolized what they had done to the Braves in the series: barrage their bullpen with homers. Stephenson would leave the game due to tendinitis. Britt Reames won the game in relief as errors and a sloppy bullpen allowed four more runs. Both teams would change pitchers four times. Paul Bako would strike out to end the series. The Cardinals win in Game 3 put the Braves out of the NLCS for the first time since 1991.

Composite Box

2000 NLDS (3-0): St. Louis Cardinals over Atlanta BravesLinescore
Road=St. Louis Cardinals
Home=Atlanta Braves
H1=3|H2=0|H3=4|H4=0|H5=0|H6=0|H7=0|H8=2|H9=1|HR=10|HH=18|HE=5Total Attendance: 154,665 Average Attendance: 51,555|


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