August 15, 1999: Sixteen Hits Put Away Giants

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Date: August 15, 1999
Mets starter: Kenny Rogers
Mets: 12
Giants: 5
Winning pitcher: Kenny Rogers
Key player(s): Robin Ventura, Edgardo Alfonzo, Mike Piazza
Key play: Alfonzo’s homer and singles, Ventura’s grand slam, Piazza’s home run

The Mets faced the Giants on a Sunday afternoon in San Francisco. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets collected a total of sixteen hits in a 12-5 win.

Giants’ starter Livan Hernandez gave up only a single to John Olerud in the top of the first inning. F. P. Santangelo doubled to lead off the bottom half. Santangelo advanced to third base on Ramon Martinez’s sacrifice bunt and came home on a single by Barry Bonds. Mets’ starter Kenny Rogers struck out Ellis Burks and J. T. Snow to end the inning and Roger Cedeno hit a two-out double in the top of the second. Rey Ordonez doubled to score Cedeno with the tying run and Hernandez fanned Rogers for the inning’s final out. Kenny then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Hernandez set down the Mets in order in the top of the third. Martinez hit a solo home run with one out in the bottom of the inning. Bonds followed with a homer for a 3-1 San Francisco lead and Burks was retired on a ground ball back to Rogers. Kenny struck out Snow to finish off the inning and Robin Ventura got a one-out single in the top of the fourth. Darryl Hamilton flied out to right fielder Burks and a strikeout of pinch-hitter Benny Agbayani ended the inning. With two outs in the bottom half, Scott Servais singled and moved to third base on a single by Hernandez. Rogers then got Santangelo on a ground ball to third baseman Ventura to close out the inning.

Ordonez singled to lead off the top of the fifth. Rey advanced to second base on a balk and to third on Rogers’ sacrifice bunt. Rickey Henderson went down on strikes and Edgardo Alfonzo singled to drive home Ordonez. Alfonzo stole second and consecutive walks to Olerud and Mike Piazza loaded the bases. Ventura slugged a grand slam to put the Mets ahead, 6-3. Hernandez retired Hamilton on an inning-ending grounder to second baseman Martinez. Rogers then set down the Giants 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Hernandez held the Mets to a single by Rogers in the top of the sixth. Kenny hurled a scoreless bottom of the inning and Alfonzo homered to begin the top of the seventh. Olerud followed with a single against San Francisco reliever Alan Embree. Piazza hit a two-run homer to extend the Mets’ lead to 9-3. Ventura doubled and Hamilton was hit by a pitch. Embree was replaced on the mound by Giants’ reliever Jerry Spradlin, who got Agbayani to fly out to center fielder Santangelo. Ordonez grounded back to Spradlin for an inning-ending double play. Rogers then pitched a perfect bottom half.

To open the top of the eighth, Rogers drew a walk and moved to third base on a double by Henderson. Alfonzo singled to drive home Rogers and Henderson for an 11-3 Mets lead. On his own hit, Edgardo went to second on a throw. Olerud grounded out to Martinez and a single by Piazza brought home Alfonzo with the twelfth New York run. Rich Rodriguez came in to pitch for the Giants and retired Ventura on a fly ball to left fielder Bonds. Hamilton followed with a single for the Mets’ sixteenth hit of the game. Rodriguez then got Agbayani to fly out to Santangelo and finish off the inning.

Pinch-hitter Stan Javier singled to lead off the bottom of the eighth. Marvin Benard went down on strikes and Snow hit a single to right field. Charlie Hayes flied out to right fielder Agbayani and a wild pitch advanced the runners to second and third base. Rich Aurilia doubled to bring home Javier and Snow with the fourth and fifth San Francisco runs. Rogers got pinch-hitter Brent Mayne to fly out to center fielder Hamilton and end the inning. Giants’ reliever John Johnstone then set down the side in order in the top of the ninth.

Doug Mirabelli was retired on a ground ball to second baseman Alfonzo to begin the bottom of the ninth inning. Santangelo grounded out to Ventura and a double by Martinez ensued. Rogers then struck out Javier to end the game. The Mets had a solid victory to close out the weekend series.