July 10, 1999: Franco's Single Beats Yanks

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Date: July 10, 1999
Mets starter: Rick Reed
Mets: 9
Yankees: 8
Winning pitcher: Pat Mahomes
Key player(s): Matt Franco, Mike Piazza
Key play: Piazza’s home run in 7th, Franco’s single in 9th

The second game of the Subway Series was played on a Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. In the nationally televised game, the Yankees cranked out six home runs off Met pitching. Still, the Mets emerged with a 9-8 victory with a ninth-inning comeback.

The Yanks got off to a 2-0 lead on Paul O’Neill’s home run off Rick Reed in the top of the first. The Mets responded with a two-out single by Mike Piazza off Andy Pettitte that scored Rickey Henderson in the bottom half of the inning. Roger Cedeno walked and stole two bases before scoring on a sacrifice fly by Rey Ordonez to tie the game in the second.

Benny Agbayani led off the fourth with a single off Pettitte. Robin Ventura followed with a double to bring him home, putting the Mets in front. Ventura later scored on Ordonez’s second sacrifice fly, but back-to-back homers by the Yanks’ Ricky Ledee and Jorge Posada tied the game, 4-4, in the fifth.

O’Neill and Chuck Knoblauch homered off relievers Greg McMichael and Rigo Beltran in the sixth and seventh to give the Yanks a 6-4 lead. In the bottom of the seventh, the Mets had two runners on base with two out against reliever Ramiro Mendoza. Piazza came up and smoked a three-run homer to left field. The Mets were back in front, 7-6.

Posada hit a two-run homer off Dennis Cook in the eighth to reclaim the lead for the Yanks. Pat Mahomes then pitched a scoreless ninth for the Mets, who were still behind by a run entering the bottom of the inning. Yankee reliever Mariano Rivera was about to take the mound.

After retiring Brian McRae, Rivera walked Henderson and gave up a double to Edgardo Alfonzo to put Met runners at second and third. John Olerud grounded out and Piazza was walked intentionally to load the bases. Matt Franco came up to pinch hit for Melvin Mora with the Mets down to their last out. Franco hit a single to right field, scoring Henderson and Alfonzo with the tying and winning runs. The Mets had pulled out a victory with an exciting finish over their cross-city rivals.