Aug 17, 2000

Remembering Mets History: (1999) Mike Piazza HRs in Four Straight Games

Friday August 13th 1999: Bobby Valentines first place, New York Mets (70-47) had just swept a series with  the Padres at Shea & were not on their West Coast trip, opening a series in San Francisco.

A crowd of 25,533 came out to see Dusty Baker's Giants (59-56) host the Mets. The Giants would take this one 3-2, as Russ Ortiz eat Masato Yoshi. In the top of the 4th inning, Mike Piazza hit his 24th HR of the season. It would start a stretch where Piazza would homer in four consecutive games. In this game, he would collect three hits & keep his average up at .314.

Saturday August 14th 1999: This Saturday matinee brought a huge crowd of 57,583 out to see the Mets Orel Hershiser take on Kirk Rueter. Hershiser had a fine year for the Mets & was 11-7 at this point. Mike Piazza would enjoy a four hit day today, he would hit his 25th HR in the 4th inning with John Olerud on base.

The Mets put up five runs in the inning. After the Piazza HR, Robin Ventura doubled & was brought in by Benny Agbayani's double. With one out, Rey Ordonez bunted for a base hit & was moved over by Hershiser. Rickey Henderson then connected for a base hit making it 5-1 Mets. Agbayani would double in another run in the 5th.

Sunday August 15th 1999: Another big crowd of 41,853 came out for this Sunday afternoon game. Two veterans took the hill today as the Mets Kenny Rogers took on Livan Hernandez.

The Mets would bash Hernandez for seven runs, then beat up the bullpen, Alan Embree & Jerry Spradlin for another five runs. In total the Mets scored 12 runs & knocked out 16 hits in the 12-5 win, of the rubber game in the series.

In this game Mike Piazza had two hits & blasted his 26th HR of the year, his third in as many games. Piazza 's was a two run shot of Embree in the 7th inning. Piazza had also raised his average to .322 & now had  86 RBIs. 

Robin Ventura actually had hit a grad slam in this one & was actually leading Piazza by one HR for the team lead & had 97 RBIs. Piazza had missed some time with an injury earlier in the season  would play 20 less games than Ventura.

Monday August 16th 1999: The Mets rolled into San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium facing Bruce Bochy's third place Padres (54-65).  Mets manager Bobby Valentine sent young Octavio Dotel to the mound to face Sterling Hitchcock.

Starting Lineups

In the top of the 2nd, Piazza continued 
his HR streak, hitting a solo shot, his fourth HR in as many games. It was his 27th HR of the season, tying Ventura for the lead spot.

It was his only hit of the day but he also drew a walk.

On the hill, Dotel was having himself a fine game. In the second he walked Tony Gwynn, but did not allow any other hits, nor any more walks going into the 7th inning. 

In the top of the 7th, the Mets were up 2-0 after a solo HR from Rickey Henderson.

With the no hitter still in tact, Dotel walked the first two Padres of the inning. Then, Phil Nevin spoiled the no hit bid, blasting a three run HR. 

Now down 3-2 Dotel, struck out two of the next three batters & got a ground out to end the inning.

In the 7th, Edgardo Alfonzo & John Olerud both singled. Mike Piazza came up, but grounded into a double play. Alfonzo still scored on the play, tying up the game. 

The game went to extra innings, where Alfonzo was the hero, hitting a 10th inning HR off Will Cunnane. Armando Benitez got his 14th save to close it out, with Dennis Cook earning the win.

Mike Piazza had a great four game stretch, collecting ten hits, four HRs, seven RBIs & scored five runs. He was now batting .321 with 27 HRs & 88 RBIs

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