July 30, 1996: Hundley's 30th Gives Mets Sweep
|Date: July 30, 1996|
|Mets starter: Robert Person|
|Winning pitcher: John Franco|
|Key player(s): Todd Hundley|
|Key play: Hundley's homer in 12th|
Coming off a victory in the first game of a doubleheader, the Mets attempted to sweep against the Pirates at Shea Stadium. In the nightcap, the team forced extra innings by scoring a run in the ninth inning. In the 12th, a home run by Todd Hundley gave the Mets a 4-3 win over Pittsburgh.
The Mets scored twice in the bottom of the first against Pirates' starter Dan Miceli. Edgardo Alfonzo singled and Bernard Gilkey walked before Carlos Baerga came to bat with two out. Baerga singled to bring home Alfonzo. Gilkey also came in to score on an error by Pittsburgh right fielder Dave Clark.
Robert Person kept the Pirates shut out on three hits through five innings. Mark Johnson then opened the top of the sixth with a walk and Clark followed with a single. Johnson scored on a sacrifice fly and Jay Bell singled before Person was removed from the game. Angelo Encarnacion singled off reliever Jerry DiPoto to score Clark and Orlando Merced's sacrifice fly brought home Bell to give Pittsburgh a 3-2 lead.
DiPoto and Doug Henry shut down the Pirates in the next three innings. Chris Jones then led off the ninth for the Mets with a single off reliever Dan Plesac. Alex Ochoa also singled before Encarnacion's passed ball gave the Mets runners at second and third. Alvaro Espinoza singled to score Jones with the tying run, sending the game to extra innings.
For the Mets, Dave Mlicki came in and pitched two scoreless innings in relief. John Franco then struck out the side in the twelfth with no runs allowed. In the bottom of the 12th, Hundley led off with a home run against Pittsburgh reliever Jon Lieber to win the game for the Mets. It was Hundley's 30th homer of the season and it completed a doubleheader sweep for New York.