June 15, 1999: Mets Hit Six Homers in Rout of Reds

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Date: June 15, 1999
Mets starter: Rick Reed
Mets: 11
Reds: 3
Winning pitcher: Rick Reed
Key player(s): Rickey Henderson, John Olerud, Mike Piazza
Key play: Mets’ six home runs

The Mets played the Reds on a Tuesday night in Cincinnati. The teams faced each other in the second part of a three-game series. On the strength of six home runs, the Mets came away with an 11-3 win.

Rickey Henderson led off the top of the first inning with a home run off Reds’ starter Brett Tomko. Edgardo Alfonzo drew a walk and John Olerud followed with a two-run homer. Mike Piazza hit the Mets’ third home run of the inning to extend the team’s early lead to 4-0. Tomko retired the next three batters to end the inning. Mets’ starter Rick Reed then shut down Cincinnati in the bottom half.

Tomko and Reed each pitched scoreless ball from the second inning to the fourth. Henderson struck out to begin the top of the fifth and Alfonzo homered for the Mets’ fifth run. Tomko fanned Olerud and Piazza to end the inning and Pokey Reese doubled with two outs in the bottom half. A single by Michael Tucker scored Reese for the Reds’ first run of the game. Reed then retired Sean Casey on a ground ball back to the mound for the third out.

Brian McRae started the top of the sixth inning with a fly out to center fielder Mike Cameron. An ensuing home run by Matt Franco increased the Mets’ lead to 6-1. Roger Cedeno singled and Rey Ordonez reached on an error by third baseman Aaron Boone. Reed bunted into a double play for the final outs of the inning. Rick then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Against Cincinnati reliever Jason Bere, Henderson hit his second (and the Mets’ sixth) home run of the game to lead off the top of the seventh inning. Alfonzo drew a walk and Olerud singled to center field. Bere retired the next two batters and gave up a single to Franco that brought home Alfonzo. Cedeno doubled to score Olerud and Franco, lengthening the Mets’ lead to 10-1. Ordonez hit a single that plated Cedeno with the eleventh New York run. Bere got Reed on a line drive to Boone to end the inning. The Reds were then held without a run in the bottom half.

Bere hurled a scoreless top of the eighth inning. Reese singled to begin the bottom half and advanced to second base on Jeffrey Hammonds’ ground out to third baseman Franco. Hal Morris hit a double that brought home Reese. Dmitri Young struck out and Reed retired Chris Stynes on an inning-ending ground ball to shortstop Ordonez. Cincinnati reliever Dennys Reyes then pitched a perfect top of the ninth.

Mets’ reliever Pat Mahomes got pinch-hitter Mark Lewis on a fly ball to right fielder Cedeno to start the bottom of the ninth inning. Cameron homered for the Reds’ third run. Boone grounded out to second baseman Luis Lopez and a fly ball by Jason LaRue was caught by center fielder McRae to end the game. The Mets had an easy victory that featured six home runs.