Remembering Mets History: (1999) Mike Piazza Goes 4-4 In Mets Wild Card Pennant Hunt

Saturday September 11th, 1999: Bobby Valentine's New York Mets (87-56) were three games behind the rival first place Atlanta Braves but leading the charge for the NL Wild Card fighting off the Cincinnati Reds.

On this Saturday the Mets were in Los Angeles facing the Dodgers (66-76) headed by the last Manager to get the Mets to the post season; Davey Johnson.

Starting Lineups

Bobby Valentine sent Masato Yoshii to the mound against Ismael Valdez. Yoshi would earn his 11th win of the year (11-8) pitching a solid seven innings allowing two runs on six hits. Forgotten Met Pat Mahomes pitched two scoreless innings to close out the game.

Mike Piazza led the charge going 4-4 with a walk, at his old stomping grounds, hitting his 35th HR of the year. In the 3rd inning, John Olerud singled ahead of Piazza leading up to his two run HR, making it 2-0 Mets.

In the 6th, Piazza singled for his second hit, Robin Ventura walked & Shawon Dunston singled to load the bases up. Roger Cedeno & Rey Ordonez both singled bringing in a pair of runs each.

Mike Piazza finished the 1999 Mets Wild Card season with career highs in HRs (40) & RBIs (124) batting .303 with 100 runs scored & a .361 on base %.


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