Tonight the Mets fans witnessed Todd Hundley set a season for most HRs by a catcher, as well as setting an all time Mets single season HR record.
It was to be a long four hour, 12 inning affair that saw Bobby Valentine & Bobby Cox each use 23 players on the extended September rosters. Overall 14 different pitchers were used by both clubs in total.
|Atlanta Braves||New York Mets|
|1||Marquis Grissom||CF||1||Lance Johnson||CF|
|2||Terry Pendleton||3B||2||Edgardo Alfonzo||2B|
|3||Chipper Jones||SS||3||Bernard Gilkey||LF|
|4||Fred McGriff||1B||4||Todd Hundley||C|
|5||Ryan Klesko||LF||5||Butch Huskey||1B|
|6||Javy Lopez||C||6||Alex Ochoa||RF|
|7||Andruw Jones||RF||7||Alvaro Espinoza||3B|
|8||Mike Mordecai||2B||8||Rey Ordonez||SS|
|9||Steve Avery||P||9||Mark Clark||P|
The Braves jumped out first with two unearned runs in the 1st inning & two runs in the 3rd, on hits from Terry Pendleton, Chipper Jones, & Ryan Klesco. Fred McGriff added an RBI hit in the 5th making it 5-0 Braves.
In the home 7th inning, pinch hit base hits by Matt Franco & Carl Everett started up a Mets rally. Lance Johnson then singled to load the bases. Bernard Gilkey made it a 5-2 with a double to left field off Atlanta reliever; Greg McMichael.
Next up was Todd Hundley. Hundley then hit his record setting HR, a three run blast over the left field fence, tying up the game at 5-5.
In the home 12th inning, Matt Franco led off with a walk from Joe Borowski. He advanced on Chris Jones weak ground out. Lance Johnson ended the game with a walk off single up the middle.
For Hundley, the 41st HR passed Hall of Famer; Roy Campanella's previous mark of 40 HRs set back in 1953 with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Javy Lopez has since broken the record with 43 HRs in 2003.