Remembering Mets History (1999): Rick Reed's Shut Out Guarantee's The Mets of A Wild Card Tie
Saturday October 2nd, 1999: Bobby Valentine's New York Mets (94-66) hosted the Pittsburgh Pirates (78-81) in front of 36,878 at Shea Stadium.
It was a big game for an exciting team. A Mets win would at guarantee them of at least a tie in the NL Wild Card. That would happen as they were destined to face off in Cincinnati for the Wild Card tie breaking game.
But they had o win this one first with Rick Reed (10-5) taking the mound against Francisco Cordova (8-9)
The Mets loaded the bases in the 2nd but couldn't capitalize. In the 6th, they did. John Olerud led off with a walk. & Mike Piazza reached on an error.
Robin Ventura then doubled, bringing in his 119th run of the year. Piazza would score on a Rey Ordonez line out which led to another error.
In the 8th, Roger Cedeno singled & Ordonez doubled. Rick Reed himself, helped his cause with a base hit bring in in two runs. Matt Franco then drew a pinch hit walk. Olerud singled in the Mets 5th run & Mike Piazza sealed it with a two run HR, his 40th of the season RBIs 123 & 124 on the year. The Mets went on to the 7-0 win.