Oct 24, 2019

Remembering Mets History (1999): NLDS Game #3- Mets Romp Arizona With Nine Runs & Eleven Hits

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. 

It had been a long wait for the Meta faithful. 56,180 crazed Mets fans came to Shea to cheer on their team.

In a good pitching, the matchup, the Mets Bobby Valentine sent Rick Reed (11-5 / 4.58 ERA 104 Ks) to the mound as Arizona Manager, Buck Showalter sent Omar Dahl (16-9 / 3.65 ERA / 148 Ks) to face New York. 




    In the 1st inning, Reed walked Luis Gonzalez & then threw a wild pitch advancing him to second. But slugger Matt Williams grounded out to end the inning.

    In the home 2nd, Benny Agbayani singled, then with one out, Robin Ventura & Todd Pratt both walked. With the bases loaded, Rey Ordonez put the Mets on the board with an RBI single to right field.

    In the Mets 3rd, with one out, Edgardo Alfonzo doubled, then John Olerud singled bringing in Alfonzo with the Mets second run 2-0. 

    Benny Agbayani also singled, his second hit of the day & 

    Olerud went to third base. Robin Ventura & Shawon Dunston both grounded out, ending the Mets rally.


    In the top of the 5th for Arizona, pinch hitter, Turner Ward hit a two run HR off Rick Reed cutting the Mets lead to a run, making it 3-2.


    In the 6th inning, the Mets blew it open. Todd Pratt drew a lead off walk, he was bunted over to second base by Rey Ordonez. 

    Bobby Bonilla then drew a walk & Rickey Henderson came through with a single bringing home Pratt, making it 4-2 Mets. Edgardo Alfonzo was walked intentionally by reliever Darren Holmes. Dan Plesac came in relief to pitch for the D-backs..


    John Olerud then greeted him with a base hit to right field, both Bonilla & Henderson scored making it 6-2. Roger Cedeno then followed with another RBI base hit. 

    Next up, Darryl Hamilton came through with another base hit, scoring Olerud & Cedeno, making it a 9-2 Mets lead. 


    Eleven Mets came to bat in the inning where they scored six runs, with four hits & three walks.  

    Rick Reed would be done after five innings, as Bobby Valentine went to his strong bullpen. On the day Reed allowed 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 9-2 & took a two games to one lead in the NLDS, needing just one more win to advance to the NLCS.

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