Friday, October 8, 1999- NLDS Game #3- Shea Stadium, New York
With the NLDS tied at one game each, the post season returned to Shea Stadium for the first time in eleven years. 56,180 crazed Mets fans came to Shea to cheer on their team. It was a long wait.
In the home 2nd, Benny Agbayani singled, then with one out, Robin Ventura & Todd Pratt both walked. Rey Ordonez put the Mets on the board with an RBI single to right field.
In the Mets 3rd, Edgardo Alfonzo doubled, then John Olerud singled bringing in Alfonzo with the Mets second run. Benny Agbayani followed with a his second base hit, then Robin Ventura grounded out to first base, Olerud scampered home with the Mets third run, 3-0 New York.
In the top of the 5th, Arizona's Turner Ward hit a two run pinch hit HR inning off Rick Reed to make it 3-1.
The Mets blew it open in the 6th, Todd Pratt drew a lead off walk, he was bunted over to second base by Ordonez. Bobby Bonilla then drew a walk & Rickey Henderson singled bringing home Pratt. Edgardo Alfonzo was walked intentionally & pitcher Dan Plesac was brought in to pitch.
John Olerud & Roger Cedeno both followed with RBI base hits. Darryl Hamilton also singled making it 9-2 Mets. Eleven Mets came to bat in the inning where they scored six runs, with four hits & three walks.
Rick Reed pitched six innings, allowing two runs on four hits, with two strikeouts & two walks. Turk Wendell, John Franco & Orel Hershiser all pitched scoreless innings in relief.
The Mets won it 9-1 & took a two games to one lead in the NLDS, needing just one more win to advance to the NLCS.