August 10, 1999: Olerud's Singles Give Mets Comeback Win

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Date: August 10, 1999
Mets starter: Kenny Rogers
Mets: 4
Padres: 3
Winning pitcher: Turk Wendell
Key player(s): John Olerud, Darryl Hamilton
Key play: Hamilton’s and Olerud’s run-scoring singles

The Mets faced the Padres on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams began a three-game series in front of 32,101 fans on hand. John Olerud drove in three runs with a pair of singles in a 4-3 Mets win over San Diego.

Kenny Rogers and the Padres’ Andy Ashby each started the game with three scoreless innings pitched. Phil Nevin drew a one-out walk in the top of the fourth. Ruben Rivera hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Rey Ordonez and a walk to Carlos Baerga followed. Ben Davis doubled to drive home Rivera and Baerga. Chris Gomez walked and Ashby hit a double that scored Davis for a 3-0 San Diego lead. Rogers then retired Eric Owens on a grounder to third baseman Robin Ventura to end the inning.

Olerud drew a walk to lead off the bottom of the fourth. Mike Piazza flied out to right fielder Tony Gwynn and a single by Ventura sent Olerud to third base. Darryl Hamilton singled to bring home John with the Mets’ first run of the game. Ashby got Roger Cedeno on a ground ball to second baseman Baerga for an inning-ending double play. Rogers then held the Padres to a double by Gwynn in the top of the fifth.

Rogers singled with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning. Rickey Henderson flied out to Gwynn and a double by Edgardo Alfonzo ensued. Olerud hit a single that plated Rogers and Alfonzo, tying the game at 3-3. Piazza popped out to first baseman Owens to finish off the inning and a single by Baerga opened the top of the sixth. Davis grounded out to first baseman Olerud and a called third strike was thrown past Gomez. Ashby singled and Owens drew a walk to load the bases. Rogers got Gwynn to hit a force play grounder to Olerud for the third out of the inning. Ashby then shut down the Mets in the bottom half.

Mets’ reliever Turk Wendell hurled a scoreless top of the seventh. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Henderson singled and advanced to third base on a single by Alfonzo. Olerud hit a single to score Henderson and give the Mets a one-run lead. Ashby got Piazza to pop out to Baerga and retired Ventura on an inning-ending grounder to first baseman Wally Joyner. New York’s Dennis Cook set down the side in order in the top of the eighth. Cedeno singled against San Diego’s Donne Wall with one out in the bottom half. Ordonez was struck out as Cedeno stole second. Wall then fanned Shawon Dunston (and threw to Joyner to complete the play) for the final out of the inning.

Gwynn singled against Mets’ reliever Armando Benitez to begin the top of the ninth. Reggie Sanders was called out on strikes and Nevin flied out to right fielder Cedeno. Benitez then struck out Rivera to end the game. The Mets had a comeback victory to start the series.