Sunday July 16th 2006: Willie Randolph's first place Mets (55-37) came to the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field to play Dusty Baker's Chicago Cubs (35-56). A crowd of 40,157 came for the late afternoon start in what was a wild but historic day for the Mets.
The Cubs starter was Sean Marshall. The Mets starter was Orlando Hernandez & he couldn't get through the second inning, allowing five runs on seven hits with a pair of walks thrown in as well. The Mets would use seven pitchers on the day; Darin Oliver, Pedro Feliciano, Chad Bradford, Aaron Heilman, Heath Bell, Duaner Sanchez.
In the Mets 4th, Chris Woodward homered & in the 5th, Cliff Floyd also hit one out to put the Mets on the board down 5-2.
In the top of the 6th, the Mets enjoyed a historic inning in team history. The Mets scored a club record eleven runs in the inning. They hit three HRs had eight hits & sent 15 batters to the plate.
Chris Woodward started out with a fly out to center field. Carlos Beltran reached on an error, then Carlos Delgado & David Wright both singled to load the bases for Cliff Floyd. Floyd then hit a grand slam HR, his 9th HR of the season & his second of the day, putting the Mets up 6-5. Xavier Nady walked & that was it for Sean Marshall, Roberto Novoa came in to pitch. A Cubs infield error led Ramon Castro to reach base, as Nady went to third.
Endy Chavez delivered a pinch hit single bringing in Nady & then Chavez stole second. Jose Valentin reached on an infield hit to load the bases once again. Chris Woodward came up and grounded to third, the force was made at home, with Woodward making the only two outs of the inning. It wasn't over yet.
With the bases loaded, Carlos Beltran blasted a grand slam HR of his own, his 26th HR of the year. The Mets had nine runs in the inning, so far. Carlos Delgado doubled & David Wright finished off the historic Mets inning by hitting his 21st HR of the year. The Mets had set a franchise record scoring eleven runs in the inning and were now ahead 13-5.
The Cubs brought in Will Ohman to pitch, he walked Floyd & Nady but Ramos Castro flew out to end the inning.
In the 7th Aaron Heilman gave up a two run HR to Phil Nevin making it 13-7. That was the final, the Mets had 14 hits & the Cubs 15 hits, also making two errors.