Remembering Mets History: (1999) Edgardo Alfonzo's Record Setting Night

Monday August 30th, 1999:
Bobby Valentines New York Mets (80-52) were two & one half games behind the Atlanta Braves, at this point.

 The Mets had the second best record in the NL & were leading the wild card race by three games.

The Mets had lost two of three in Arizona, whom they would end up facing in the NLDS. On this trip, the Mets went down to Houston to face Larry Dierker's first place Astros (75-55).

Starting Lineups

All these games were important for the Mets down the stretch. But on this night, one player stood out above the rest. Edgardo Alfonzo would set or tie six different Mets club records tonight.  Alfonzo went 6-6 with three HRs, a double, four extra base hits & five RBIs.

In he 1st inning, Alfonzo started out with a HR off Shane Reynolds, his 23rd HR of the season. 

In the 2nd inning, the Mets sent ten men to the plate. Darryl Hamilton & Mike Piazza led the charge with two HRs, Alfonzo singled & scored on Piazza's two run HR. The Mets scored six runs in that inning, with six hits, to make it 7-0. 

In the 4th inning, with one out Rickey
Henderson singled. Alfonzo then connected off Brian Williams, for his second HR of the night, RBIs two & three.

In the 5th inning, Rey Ordonez singled, scoring Robin Ventura to make it 10-0 Mets. 

In the 6th, Alfonzo led off the inning with a HR off Sean Bergman. The solo shot, was his third of the game & his 23rd of the season. 

Darryl Hamilton would have an RBI single that inning & another in the 8th, along with Shawon Dunston. This made it a 14-1 game.

In the 9th inning, Alfonzo completed his big night. After Todd Pratt & Benny Agbayani both singled, Alfonzo doubled to left field, bringing in Pratt with another run.

 The Mets won the game with a season high 17 runs, winning 17-1. They also had 21 hits on the night.

Edgardo Alfonzo went 6-6 with three HRs, five RBIs & six runs scored. He raised his batting average to .319. 

He would bat .304 on the
leading the team in hits (191) doubles (41) & runs scored (123). He hit 27 HRs with 108 RBIs.

He set a Mets record with six hits & six runs scored on the evening. He became one of 13 Mets in team history to hit three or more HRs in a game. That night he also set a single season record for most HRs by a Mets second baseman.


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