June 6, 1999: Mets Romp Yanks in Bronx

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Date: June 6, 1999
Mets starter: Al Leiter
Mets: 7
Yankees: 2
Winning pitcher: Al Leiter
Key player(s): Bobby Bonilla, Benny Agbayani, Mike Piazza
Key play: Bonilla’s double, Agbayani’s singles, Piazza’s home run

The Mets faced the Yankees on a Sunday night in the Bronx. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets concluded the Subway Series with a 7-2 win.

After a scoreless first inning, Mike Piazza doubled against Yanks’ starter Roger Clemens to open the top of the second. Robin Ventura got a single and Brian McRae drew a walk to load the bases. Bobby Bonilla followed with a double to drive home Piazza and Ventura. Benny Agbayani singled to score McRae and Bonilla for a 4-0 Mets lead. Agbayani stole second base and moved to third on Rey Ordonez’s sacrifice bunt. Roger Cedeno walked and Edgardo Alfonzo hit a ground ball to first baseman Tino Martinez for an inning-ending double play. Mets’ starter Al Leiter then gave up just a single to Chili Davis in the bottom half.

John Olerud singled to lead off the top of the third. Piazza slugged a two-run homer and Ventura singled. Robin went to second base on McRae’s ground out to Clemens and a strikeout of Bonilla ensued. Agbayani hit a single to bring home Ventura and increase the Mets’ lead to 7-0. Yankees’ reliever Todd Erdos issued a walk to Ordonez and fanned Cedeno to end the inning. Leiter then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Erdos set down the side in order in the top of the fourth. Leiter surrendered only a walk to Paul O’Neill in the bottom of the inning and Erdos pitched a perfect top of the fifth. Martinez drew a leadoff walk in the bottom half. Scott Brosius flied out to left fielder Cedeno and a wild pitch sent Martinez to second base. Shane Spencer drew a walk and advanced to third on Joe Girardi’s double that brought home Martinez. Leiter then got Chuck Knoblauch to pop out to shortstop Ordonez and retired Derek Jeter on a grounder to third baseman Ventura to finish off the inning.

Erdos retired the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the sixth. Leiter hurled a perfect bottom half and Olerud drew a walk with one out in the top of the seventh. Piazza popped out to shortstop Jeter and a walk to Ventura ensued. Yanks’ reliever Dan Naulty got McRae on a ground ball to second baseman Knoblauch to close out the inning. Leiter then yielded just a single to Martinez in the bottom half.

Naulty pitched a scoreless top of the eighth. Knoblauch singled against Mets’ reliever Armando Benitez to begin the bottom of the inning. Jeter went down on strikes and Knoblauch stole second base. O’Neill was struck out and Bernie Williams hit a double to score Knoblauch with the Yankees’ second run. Davis drew a walk and Benitez retired Martinez on an inning-ending fly ball to Cedeno. Naulty then set down the Mets on three straight outfield fly balls in the top of the ninth.

Brosius drew a walk against Mets’ reliever Dennis Cook to begin the bottom of the ninth inning. Cook threw a called third strike past Spencer and followed up with a strikeout of Girardi. Dennis then got Knoblauch to fly out to center fielder McRae and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory over their cross-city rivals.