Jul 31, 2014

Remembering Mets History: (1999) Al Leiter Ks 15 In A Wacky Game At Wrigley Field

Sunday August 1st 1999: Bobby Valentines second place Mets (63-43) were just one half game out of first place, as they were playing a Sunday matinee at Wrigley Field in Chicago. 

Jim Riggelmans Cubs were in sixth place (48-54). The Cibs sent Kyle Farnsworth to the mound against Al Leiter.

Leiter had a fine afternoon; he struck out the side in both the second & fourth innings. He struck out two batters in the first, third & seventh innings. Overall on the day Leiter struck out a season high 15 batters pitching into the eighth inning.

He had held the Cubs hit less until the 5th, when Mickey Morandini tripled, Manny Alexander & Mark Grace both singled, making it 2-0. 

But the Mets got to Farnsworth in the top of the 6th; Rey Ordonez singled, Rickey Henderson & Edgardo Alfonzo then both walked. John Olerud doubled in two runs & Daryl Hamilton singled home another, giving the Mets a 3-2 lead.

In the 9th, Armando Benitez blew a save opportunity, as well as a win for Leiter, giving up a lead off HR to Henry Rodriguez tying the game. Rickey Henderson drew a walk to lead off the 10th, he stole second and then advanced to third on the throwing error. Edgardo Alfonzo hit a sac fly, easily scoring Henderson.

In the bottom of the 10th, Benitez walked the first two batters, Billy Taylor came in & got an out, then intentionally walked Greg Hill. Bobby Valentine brought in Dennis cook, hopingto get a double play. Cook got Henry Rodriguez to ground to first, but Olerud booted the ball, allowing the tying run to score. It was 4-4 into the 13th inning.

Roger Cedeno doubled, but Todd Pratt & Rey Ordonez were both retired. Benny Agbayani was then walked intentinally to get to the pitcher Pat Mahomes. With no one left on the bench Mahomes came to bat & delivered with a base hit off Scott Sanders. 

Cedeno scored in what was the winning run as Mahomes shut down the Cubs in the bottom of the 13th/. Mahomes bested his record to 5-0 on the season.

Bobby Valentine used a total of 19 players in the game including seven pitchers to get the win.

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