June 8, 1999: Fourteen Hits Rout Jays

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Date: June 8, 1999
Mets starter: Jason Isringhausen
Mets: 11
Blue Jays: 3
Winning pitcher: Jason Isringhausen
Key player(s): Edgardo Alfonzo, Rey Ordonez, Robin Ventura, Roger Cedeno
Key play: Alfonzo’s and Cedeno’s home runs, Ordonez’s two-run single

The Mets faced the Blue Jays on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the second of three games in an interleague series. The Mets pounded out fourteen hits in an 11-3 win over Toronto.

Mets’ starter Jason Isringhausen pitched a perfect top of the first inning. The Jays’ Pat Hentgen hurled a scoreless bottom half and Jose Cruz, Jr. hit a solo home run with two outs in the top of the second. Isringhausen retired Willie Greene on a ground ball to first baseman John Olerud for the inning’s third out and Hentgen set down the side in order in the bottom half. Shannon Stewart drew a two-out walk in the top of the third. Stewart stole second base and Homer Bush walked. Isringhausen then got Carlos Delgado to ground out to second baseman Edgardo Alfonzo and end the inning.

Rey Ordonez singled to lead off the bottom of the third. Isringhausen reached on an error by catcher Darrin Fletcher that allowed Ordonez to go to third base. Rickey Henderson hit a sacrifice fly to score Ordonez and tie the game. Alfonzo slugged a two-run homer to put the Mets ahead, 3-1. Olerud drew a walk and Mike Piazza flied out to right fielder Greene. Hentgen then retired Robin Ventura on a fly ball to center fielder Cruz and finish off the inning.

Isringhausen surrendered just a walk to Cruz in the top of the fourth. Hentgen yielded only a double to Ordonez in the bottom half and got a single with one out in the top of the fifth. Stewart drew a walk and Bush grounded out to third baseman Ventura. Isringhausen retired Delgado on a fly ball to left fielder Henderson to end the inning and Olerud doubled with two outs in the bottom half. Piazza hit a single to drive home Olerud and extend the Mets’ lead to 4-1. Ventura singled to send Piazza to third base. Hentgen then retired Benny Agbayani on a ground ball to first baseman Delgado and close out the inning.

Cruz drew a two-out walk against Isringhausen in the top of the sixth. Pinch-hitter Jacob Brumfield homered off Mets’ reliever Dennis Cook, cutting the New York lead to 4-3. Chris Woodward grounded out to shortstop Ordonez to end the inning and Roger Cedeno drew a walk against Hentgen to open the bottom half. Ordonez singled off Toronto reliever Dan Plesac, who followed up by throwing a called third strike past Brian McRae. Henderson hit a force play grounder to third baseman Tony Fernandez. Plesac then retired Alfonzo on a fly ball to right fielder Brumfield for the inning’s third out.

Cook set down the side in order in the top of the seventh. Olerud hit a single against Plesac to lead off the bottom half. Piazza doubled and moved to third base on Ventura’s single that scored Olerud. Pinch-hitter Matt Franco singled off Blue Jays’ reliever Tom Davey to bring home Piazza. Cedeno reached on Davey’s error to load the bases. Ordonez followed with a single to drive home Ventura and Matt Franco for an 8-3 Mets lead. McRae and Henderson both went down on strikes. Davey then retired Alfonzo on a grounder to Fernandez that ended the inning.

Mets’ reliever Armando Benitez hurled a perfect top of the eighth. Ventura got a two-out double against Toronto reliever Graeme Lloyd in the bottom half. Pinch-hitter Todd Pratt drew a walk and Cedeno slugged a homer (the Mets’ fourteenth hit) to extend the New York lead to eight runs. Lloyd then retired Ordonez on a grounder to Delgado to close out the inning.

Mets’ reliever John Franco threw a called third strike past Cruz to start the top of the ninth. Brumfield grounded out to Ordonez and a single by pinch-hitter Dave Hollins followed. With Craig Grebeck at bat, Hollins advanced to second base on defensive indifference. John Franco then got Grebeck on a called third strike to end the game. The Mets had an easy victory.