Mar 8, 2019

Remembering Mets History (1999): Mets Slug Six HRs To Tie A Then Club Record

Tuesday June 15th 1999: On this day Bobby Valentine's second place Mets (34-30) visited Jack McKeon's fourth place Cincinnati Reds (32-28). This was what would be a preview of a tie breaker game played in October to see who would advance to the NLDS. The Met won that contest as well. On this night Tick Reed went up against the Reds Brett Tomko.

Starting Lineups

In the top of the 1st, Rickey Henderson led off the game with his record, 74th lead off HR. After Edgardo Alfonzo walked, the Mets followed with back to back HRs from John Olerud & Mike Piazza. Piazza was leading the club with 13 HRs at this point. It was a quick 4-0 lead, with three Mets HRs already in the books.

In the top of the 5th, Alfonzo hit one of his own, his 9th of the year. In the next inning, with Tomko somehow still on the mound, Matt Franco hit a HR for the Mets, their fifth of the day, it was now 5-1 Mets.

In a wild 7th inning, Rickey Henderson led off with his second HR of the game, the club record tying sixth HR of the day. Before the inning was over the Mets would score five times, sending nine men to the plate lashing out five hits, with RBI's from Franco, Roger Cedeno & Rey Ordonez as well as Henderson.

Rick Reed cruised through 8 innings earning his fourth win & Pat Mahomes closed it out.

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