June 9, 1999: Ordonez Singles in 14th
|Date: June 9, 1999|
|Mets starter: Rick Reed|
|Blue Jays: 3|
|Winning pitcher: Pat Mahomes|
|Key player(s): Rey Ordonez, Brian McRae|
|Key play: McRae's double in 9th, Ordonez's single in 14th|
The Mets and Blue Jays concluded an interleague series on a Wednesday night at Shea Stadium. After trailing for most of the game, the Mets came back to tie it in the ninth inning. They won, 4-3, on a single by Rey Ordonez in the 14th.
Through eight innings, the Mets were held scoreless by Toronto pitcher David Wells. They managed only four singles off Wells while striking out six times. Meanwhile, the Blue Jays scored three times against Mets' starter Rick Reed on solo homers by Darrin Fletcher and Jose Cruz, Jr. and a run-scoring double by Carlos Delgado.
In the bottom of the ninth, Mike Piazza got a two-out single on which John Olerud moved from first to third base. Piazza stole second before Robin Ventura came through with a single to cut the Toronto lead to 3-2. Wells was then lifted for Jays' reliever Billy Koch.
With the Mets still down to their last out, Brian McRae greeted Koch with a double to score pinch-runner Luis Lopez and tie the game. Koch then walked Roger Cedeno intentionally and got Ordonez to ground out. The game was headed to extra innings.
Met relievers Dennis Cook and John Franco held the Blue Jays scoreless in the 10th and 11th inning. Meanwhile, Koch continued to hold down the Mets with two full innings of scoreless relief. Pat Mahomes and Toronto's Graeme Lloyd then pitched shutout ball up to the end of the 13th inning.
The Blue Jays, once again, failed to score against Mahomes in the top of the 14th. In the bottom half, Jays' reliever Tom Davey issued leadoff walks to Lopez and McRae. Against Dan Plesac, Cedeno advanced the runners with a sacrifice bunt. Ordonez then singled to left field, scoring Lopez to end the game. The Mets had an amazing come-from-behind win.