August 30, 1999: Alfonzo Goes 6-for-6

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Date: August 30, 1999
Mets starter: Masato Yoshii
Mets: 17
Astros: 1
Winning pitcher: Masato Yoshii
Key player(s): Edgardo Alfonzo, Darryl Hamilton
Key play: Alfonzo's three home runs

The Mets began a three-game series on a Monday night at the Houston Astrodome. Edgardo Alfonzo and Darryl Hamilton combined for ten hits and eight runs batted in to lead a 17-1 Mets' rout over the Astros. Alfonzo hit three home runs while setting a team record with 16 total bases.

Alfonzo provided the Mets' first run of the game with a first inning homer off Houston's Shane Reynolds. In the second, Hamilton led off with a home run and Roger Cedeno singled. Later, Cedeno scored from third base on a single by Rickey Henderson. Alfonzo followed with another single and John Olerud hit a two-run double to center field. Mike Piazza then hit a two-run homer to make it a 7-0 Mets' lead.

The Mets scored five more times against the Astros' bullpen from the fourth to the sixth. Alfonzo hit his second homer of the game off reliever Brian Williams with Henderson on base in the fourth. Williams also gave up a fifth inning single to Rey Ordonez that brought home Robin Ventura. In the sixth, Alfonzo's third homer and Hamilton's RBI single off Sean Bergman put the Mets twelve runs ahead.

Amid all the offensive production, Mets' starter Masato Yoshii pitched brilliantly for six innings. Singles by Paul Bako and Jeff Bagwell were the only hits Yoshii allowed. Masato also recorded eight strikeouts in shutting down the Houston lineup.

The Astros scored in the seventh when Lance Berkman homered off reliever Jeff Tam. Alfonzo then led off the eighth with a single for his fifth hit of the game. Edgardo later scored on Shawon Dunston's single. Hamilton also singled in the inning to bring home Olerud, making the score 14-1.

Trever Miller came in to pitch for Houston in the ninth. Todd Pratt and Benny Agbayani got one-out singles and Alfonzo doubled to score Pratt. Miller walked Olerud to load the bases for Dunston, who singled home Agbayani and Alfonzo. The inning ended when Miller struck out Met pitcher Pat Mahomes, who was pinch-hitting for reliever Billy Taylor.

Chuck McElroy finished off the game by pitching a scoreless bottom of the ninth. The Mets had a blowout victory in which they collected 21 hits. Along with his 6-for-6 night, Alfonzo became the sixth Mets' player to hit three home runs in a game.