June 24, 1999: Mets Complete Sweep of Marlins

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Date: June 24, 1999
Mets starter: Orel Hershiser
Mets: 3
Marlins: 2
Winning pitcher: Dennis Cook
Key player(s): Robin Ventura, Brian McRae, Dennis Cook
Key play: Ventura’s RBI singles, McRae’s sacrifice fly

The Mets faced the Marlins on a Thursday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets completed a series sweep with a 3-2 win over Florida.

Orel Hershiser and the Marlins’ Livan Hernandez each started the game with four scoreless innings pitched. Jorge Fabregas tripled to open the top of the fifth. Hernandez grounded out to shortstop Rey Ordonez and a strikeout of Luis Castillo ensued. Alex Gonzalez hit a single to score Fabregas and put the Fish ahead, 1-0. Tim Hyers singled and Hershiser threw a called third strike past Bruce Aven for the inning’s final out. Hernandez then retired the Mets in order in the bottom half.

Hershiser shut down the Marlins in the top of the sixth. Edgardo Alfonzo hit a single to lead off the bottom of the inning. John Olerud reached on third baseman Mike Lowell’s error and advanced to third base on Robin Ventura’s single that drove home Alfonzo. Brian McRae hit a sacrifice fly to score Olerud and give the Mets a 2-1 lead. Benny Agbayani was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Mark Kotsay. Hernandez then got Todd Pratt to fly out to center fielder Preston Wilson and finish off the inning.

Hernandez hit a double against Mets’ reliever Greg McMichael to begin the top of the seventh. With Castillo at bat, Hernandez moved to third base on catcher Pratt’s passed ball. Castillo followed with a sacrifice fly that brought home Hernandez and tied the game at 2-2. Gonzalez singled and New York’s Dennis Cook struck out pinch-hitter Danny Bautista. Aven drew a walk and Cook fanned Wilson for the inning’s third out. Hernandez then hurled a perfect bottom half.

Cook yielded only a single to Fabregas in the top of the eighth. Olerud hit a one-out double against Hernandez in the bottom of the inning. Ventura followed with a single that plated pinch-runner Luis Lopez and put the Mets in front by a run. Fish reliever Jesus Sanchez retired McRae on a line drive to right fielder Bautista. Sanchez then got pinch-hitter Bobby Bonilla to fly out to Wilson and close out the inning.

Mets’ reliever John Franco threw a called third strike past pinch-hitter Dave Berg to begin the top of the ninth. Gonzalez was retired on a fly ball to center fielder McRae. Franco then got Bautista on a called third strike for the game’s final out. The Mets had a victory and a sweep of the series.