May 19, 2021

Remembering Mets History: (1999) Robin Ventura Becomes the Only Player To Hit Grand Slams In Both Ends Of A Double Header

Thursday May 20th 1999: Bobby Valentine & the New York Mets (22-18) get set to play a twi-night double header against Phil Garner's Milwaukee Brewers (18-20) at Shea Stadium. The Brewers joined the National League in 1998 after 27 years of American League baseball.

The starting pitchers in the first game of the twin bill, were  Al Leiter & Jim Abbot. Both were to be the pitchers of record, but neither one had a great outing.

The game turned into a huge hit & run explosion with an 11-10 Mets win. The Mets had 13 hits in the game with the Brew Crew collecting  12 hits of their own in the 25 hit barrage.

Starting Lineups

In the bottom of the 1st, Robin Ventura began his historic night. The Mets began a two out rally, as John Olerud & Edgardo Alfonzo both walked. Mike Piazza then got an infield single to load the bases. Robin Ventura then hit a grand slam HR off Jim Abbot, making it 4-0.

For the Mets, Benny Agbayani would hit two HRs of his own, a three run shot in the 5th inning, as well as a solo shot in the 7th inning. They were his second & third HRs on the season. Agbayani enjoyed a big game, with four hits & five RBIs.  Mike Piazza added his seventh HR of the year, a 6th inning two run shot giving the Mets their tenth run of the night.

Night Cap Starting Lineups

In the second game a Bobby Valentine favorite, Masato Yoshi took the mound against Milwaukee's Steve Woodward. This one was a real Mets Blowout, New York scored ten runs on twelve hits, knocking out Steve Woodward in the 4th inning.

The Mets scored early, in the home 2nd inning Robin Ventura continued his big day, leading off with a double.  Then Brian McRae also doubled bringing in Ventura & putting the Mets on the board 1-0. Luis Lopez singled driving in McRae for a 2-0 Mets lead.

In the 3rd, Roger Cedeno singled, advanced to second & scored on a John Olerud double making it 3-0.

In the 4th inning, Benny Agbayani tripled & was brought in by Luis Lopez who doubled. Roger Cedeno then singled in Lopez to put the Mets ahead 5-0.

The Mets big 4th inning continued, Cedeno stole second & third base as well. Edgardo Alfonzo walked & John Olerud was hit by a pitch to fill the bases again.

With the bases loaded, Robin Ventura stepped in a familiar spot. The Brewers changed pitchers as Phil Garner gave Horatio Estrada the ball.

The RBI, grand slam machine Robin Ventura greeted him with a long blast, sailing down the right field line. It stayed fair and was certainly gone, for Ventura's second grand slam of the day. It was his 8th HR of the year taking the Mets team lead at that point from Mike Piazza. This put the Mets ahead 9-0 & they cruised to victory from there.

Ventura made MLB history, becoming the first & only player to hit grand slam HRs in both ends of a double header.

Trivia: In his career Robin Ventura is tied for sixth place (with The San Francisco Giants Willie McCovey) on the All Time grand slam HR list with 18.

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