Nov 8, 2018

Remembering Mets History (1999): NLDS Game #1 - Fonzie's Grand Slam Wins It

Tuesday October 5th, 1999: NLDS Game #1 at Bank One Ball Park- Phoenix, Arizona.

The 1999 New York Mets (97-66) won the NL Wild Card spot under manager Bobby Valentine. It was the club's first playoff appearance since 1988, eleven years earlier. The Mets opponents in the Division Series was the first place Western Division Champion; Arizona Diamondbacks (100-62) headed by manager Buck Showalter.

Game One of the series opened up at "the BOB" in front of 49,584. The Mets sent Masato Yoshi (12-8 / 4.40 ERA) to the mound against that year's Cy Young Award winner; Randy Johnson (17-9 / leagues best 2.48 ERA & 364 Ks).

Starting Lineups

In the 1st inning, Edgardo Alfonzo put the Mets on the board with a solo HR. In the 3rd, Rickey Henderson led off with a walk & John Olerud delivered with a two run HR, making it 3-0 Mets.

Arizona scored a run in the 3rd & the Mets scored a run in the 4th playing small ball. Robin Ventura doubled, then Shawon Dunston singled, putting two men on. Rey Ordonez then bunted & Ventura scored on the sacrifice. It was now 4-1 New York.

The Diamondbacks came back with HRs from Erubiel Durazo & Luis Gonzales, both off of Yoshi. After the Gonzales HR, Bobby Valentine pulled Yoshi & brought in Dennis Cook. Cook went to the 7th inning, holding down Arizona. Turk Wendell & Armando Benitez held them down the rest of the way as well.

In the visiting 9th, Robin Ventura singled. Roger Cedeno popped out & then Rey Ordonez singled to left field. 

Melvin Mora then drew a walk & with the bases loaded Randy Johnson hit the showers. Reliever Bobby Chouinard came on & after getting Rickey Henderson to ground out, he gave up a big blow.

Edgardo Alfonzo blasted a grand slam HR, putting the Mets up for good 8-4, taking the first game of the series.

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