May 19, 2016

Remembering Mets History: (1999) Robin Ventura Becomes the Only Player To Hit Grand Slams In Both Ends Of A Double Header

Thursday May 20th 1999: Bobby Valentine & the New York Mets (22-18) get set to play a twi-night double header against Phil Garner's Milwaukee Brewers (18-20) at Shea Stadium.

The starting pitchers in the first game were  Al Leiter & Jim Abbot, both were pitchers of record, but neither had a great outing. The game turned into a huge hit & run explosion with an 11-10 Mets win, a combined 21 run 25 hit day.  

In the bottom of the 1st, Robin Ventura began his historic night. The Mets began a two out rally, as John Olerud & Edgardo Alfonzo both walked. Mike Piazza then got an infield single to load the bases. Robin Ventura then hit a grand slam HR off Abbot, making it 4-0.

For the Mets, Benny Agbayani hit two HRs as well, a three run shot in the 5th & a solo shot in the 7th inning. Agbayani enjoyed a big game, with four hits & five RBIs in the game. Never to be left out of any scoring, Mike Piazza added a 6th inning two run HR to the mix as well.
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The second game was a real Mets Blowout, New York scored ten runs with twelve hits, as Masato Yoshi took the win over Steve Woodward.

The Mets scored early, in the home 2nd Robin Ventura continued his big day, leading off with a double.  Then Brian McRae doubled, bringing in Ventura & putting the Mets on the board 1-0. Luis Lopez singled driving in McRae for a 2-0 lead.

In the 3rd, Roger Cedeno singled, advanced to second & scored on a John Olerud double.

In the 4th inning, Benny Agbayani tripled & was brought in by Luis Lopez who doubled. Roger Cedeno then singled in Lopez to put the Mets ahead 5-0.

The Mets huge inning continued, Cedeno stole second & third base. Edgardo Alfonzo walked & Olerud was hit by a pitch to fill the bases again.

With the bases loaded, Robin Ventura stepped in. The Brewers changed pitchers as Horatio Estrada was given the ball. Ventura greeted him with a long blast, sailing down the right field line. It stayed fair and was certainly gone for Ventura's second grand slam of the day. This put the Mets ahead 9-0 & they cruised to victory from there.

Ventura made MLB history, becoming the first & only player to hit grand slam HRs in both ends of a double header.


Trivia: In his career Robin Ventura is tied for fifth place (with The Giants Willie McCovey) All Time with 18 grand slam HRs.



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