Jul 9, 2016

Remembering Mets History: (2000) Mike Piazza Sets Club Record Driving In Runs in 15 Straight Games

From June 14th 2000 to July 2nd 2000, Mike Piazza set a club record driving in at least one run in 15 straight games:


Wednesday June 14th 2000: Bobby Valentines New York Mets salvaged a game at Wrigley Field in Chicago avoiding a sweep from Don Baylor's Cubs. Tonight Mike Piazza hit his 17th HR of the year, collecting two hits & three RBIs in the 10-8 Mets win. It was the start of a record 15 game stretch where Pizza would drive in at least one run, setting a Mets record with 15 straight games driving in at least one run.

The Mets would move up I94 north to Milwaukee, Wisconsin where the Mets would take three of four from the Milwaukee Brewers. On June 15th Piazza hit his 18th HR of the year, a two run shot helping Al Leiter get to 8-1 on the season. The next night the Mets would take a -2 loss but Piazza would have an RBI single. In the rubber game of the series on Sunday Afternoon June 18th, Mike Piazza started a five run Mets 4th inning with an RBI double. Jay Payton added an RBI sac fly & Kurt Abbot hit a three run HR. Robin Ventura also homered later in the game for the 7-3 Mets win.

The Mets flew back to New York for an eleven game home stand hosting the Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Florida Marlins & Atlanta Braves. Mike Piazza would drive in at least one run in each & every game.

June 20th 2000: The Mets lost both games to the Phillies in the opening two game series, but Piazza homered in each game. Both were two run shots, one off of Curt Schilling & the other off former Met Paul Byrd.

As the Pirates came to Shea, they were greeted with a Piazza three run HR off Bronson Arroyo, rolling along to a 12-2 win behind Bobby Jones. That night was highlighted with a nine run Mets third inning. After Piazza's three run HR, Melvin Mora hit a bases clearing three run double, as well as RBIs from Jay Payton & Edgardo Alfonzo.

The Mets went on to sweep the Pirates in the three game set, Piazza drove in two runs with two run doubles in each game. The final game of the sweep was highlighted by Mike Hampton's 9-0 complete game, five hit shut out. 

The Marlins came to Shea next & Piazza added an RBI hit in the 10-5 Mets win. On the second night, although Piazza grounded out & reached on an error as runs scored  he was credited with an RBI in the 6-5 Mets win. He also had two hits on the night.  



June 29th -July 2nd: 2000 The hated Atlanta Braves rolled into town for a big three game series. The Mets lost the first game on Thursday, as Piazza drove in two runs with a 3rd inning RBI single.

On June 30th the Mets had one of their biggest comebacks & one of their biggest innings ever as they scored ten runs in the 8th inning to beat the Braves 11-8 in front of 52,831 fans at Shea Stadium. In that historic 8th inning Piazza singled as the third batter in the inning & then scored on Robin Ventura's ground out. He later capped off the inning with his 22nd HR of the year, a three run shot off Terry Mulholland. The win got the Mets to within two games of those first place Braves.

The next day on Saturday July 1st, in an afternoon FOX game of the week, Piazza would hit HR #23 as the Mets went on to a 9-1 win  behind Al Leiter who bested his record to 10-1 on the year, as the Mets beat up on Greg Maddux for seven of those runs.

The Mets lost on Sunday July 2nd, to split the series but Piazza was still hot, he hit his third HR in as many games & his eighth over the 15 game span where he drove in at least one run setting a franchise record. Piazza also had himself a 21 game hit streak during this stretch in June & early July. At this point in time he was also batting an incredible .360.

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