April 29, 1999: Run-Scoring Hits Bury Padres

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Date: April 29, 1999
Mets starter: Bobby Jones
Mets: 8
Padres: 5
Winning pitcher: Dennis Cook
Key player(s): Rey Ordonez, John Olerud, Mike Kinkade
Key play: Ordonez’s double and single, Olerud’s and Kinkade’s home runs

The Mets faced the Padres on a Thursday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets collected six hits – five of which drove in runs – in an 8-5 win over San Diego.

Eric Owens singled against Mets’ starter Bobby Jones with one out in the top of the first inning. Owens advanced to third base on Tony Gwynn’s single and came home on Wally Joyner’s ground out to second baseman Edgardo Alfonzo. Jones retired John Vander Wal on a fly ball to left fielder Rickey Henderson for the third out of the inning. The Padres’ Woody Williams then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Dave Magadan got a leadoff single in the top of the second. Greg Myers was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Brian McRae. Chris Gomez grounded out to Jones and an infield single by Williams followed. Quilvio Veras drew a walk to load the bases and moved to third base on Owens’ single that brought home Magadan and Williams. Gwynn singled to score Veras for a 4-0 San Diego lead. On the play, Owens got caught between bases and was tagged out by catcher Mike Piazza to end the inning.

Piazza and McRae drew back-to-back walks to open the bottom of the second. Matt Franco and Roger Cedeno were retired on consecutive fly balls to left fielder Vander Wal and a double by Rey Ordonez plated both Piazza and McRae, cutting the Padres’ lead to 4-2. On his own hit, Ordonez went to third base via an error by shortstop Gomez. Jones grounded out to third baseman Magadan to finish off the inning and set down the side in order in the top of the third. Williams then shut down the Mets in the bottom half.

After a scoreless fourth, Gwynn doubled to lead off the top of the fifth. Joyner grounded out to third baseman Matt Franco and a single by Vander Wal drove home Gwynn. Jones got Magadan to hit an inning-ending double play ground ball to Alfonzo, who drew a walk with two outs in the bottom half. John Olerud followed with a two-run homer to reduce the San Diego lead to 5-4. Williams then retired Piazza on a grounder to Magadan to close out the inning.

Mets’ reliever Dennis Cook yielded only a double to Gomez in the top of the sixth. Matt Franco and Cedeno drew consecutive walks against the Padres’ Brian Boehringer with one out in the bottom half. Ordonez singled to bring home Matt Franco and send Cedeno to third base. Against San Diego’s Roberto Rivera, pinch-hitter Robin Ventura hit a sacrifice fly that scored Cedeno and gave the Mets a 6-5 lead. Ordonez stole second and went to third on catcher Myers’ error. Henderson walked and Roberto Rivera was replaced on the mound by Padres’ reliever Donne Wall. With Alfonzo at bat, Henderson was caught by Wall’s pickoff throw and tagged out by first baseman Joyner for the third out of the inning.

Mets’ reliever Turk Wendell pitched a perfect top of the seventh. Wall surrendered only a walk to Piazza in the bottom half and New York’s Armando Benitez hurled a scoreless top of the eighth. Leading off the bottom of the inning, Mike Kinkade homered against San Diego’s Dan Miceli to extend the Mets’ lead to 7-5. Cedeno hit a single and stole second base. Roger advanced to third on Ordonez’s sacrifice bunt and scored the eighth New York run on a single by Ventura. Miceli then retired both pinch-hitter Luis Lopez and Alfonzo on fly balls to center fielder Ruben Rivera for the inning’s final outs.

Mets’ reliever John Franco got Veras on a grounder to first baseman Olerud to start the top of the ninth. Owens was retired on a ground ball to shortstop Ordonez. John Franco then got Gwynn to ground out to Alfonzo and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a series-closing victory.