May 1, 1999: Twelve-Hit Attack Beats Giants

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Date: May 1, 1999
Mets starter: Orel Hershiser
Mets: 9
Giants: 4
Winning pitcher: Orel Hershiser
Key player(s): John Olerud, Robin Ventura, Brian McRae
Key play: Olerud’s and Ventura’s singles, McRae’s grand slam

The Mets faced the Giants on a Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played in front of 33,825 fans on hand. The Mets collected twelve hits in a 9-4 win over San Francisco.

Mets’ starter Orel Hershiser pitched a scoreless top of the first inning. With one out in the bottom half, Edgardo Alfonzo hit a solo home run against the Giants’ Chris Brock. John Olerud grounded out to second baseman Jeff Kent and a strikeout of Robin Ventura ended the inning. Charlie Hayes singled with one out in the top of the second. Brent Mayne drew a walk and advanced to third base on Rich Aurilia’s single that drove home Hayes. Brock grounded out to second baseman Alfonzo to score Mayne for a 2-1 San Francisco lead. Marvin Benard grounded back to Hershiser for the inning’s final out. Brock then shut down the Mets in the bottom half.

Hershiser hurled a scoreless top of the third. With two outs in the bottom of the inning, Roger Cedeno drew a walk and moved to third base on a single by Alfonzo. Olerud and Ventura followed with singles that scored Cedeno and Alfonzo, respectively, to give the Mets a 3-2 lead. Matt Franco grounded out to Kent to finish off the inning and the Giants failed to score after loading the bases in the top of the fourth. Brock pitched a scoreless bottom half and Kent drew a one-out walk in the top of the fifth. Kent advanced to second on catcher Todd Pratt’s passed ball and to third on J. T. Snow’s ground out to first baseman Olerud. Hershiser struck out Hayes to end the inning. Brock then retired the Mets in order in the bottom half.

Hershiser set down all three San Francisco batters in the top of the sixth. Ventura hit a double against Brock to begin the bottom of the inning. Franco popped out to third baseman Hayes. Brian McRae grounded out to first baseman Snow to send Ventura to third and a walk to Pratt ensued. Luis Lopez singled to bring home Ventura and increase the Mets’ lead to 4-2. Pinch-hitter Mike Kinkade was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Giants’ reliever Jerry Spradlin then got Cedeno to fly out to center fielder Benard and end the inning.

Mets’ reliever Josias Manzanillo struck out the side in order in the top of the seventh. Olerud drew a one-out walk in the bottom half. Ventura reached on Snow’s error and Jermaine Allensworth singled to load the bases. McRae hit a grand slam to extend the New York lead to 8-2. Pratt flied out to right fielder Ellis Burks and a hit-by-pitch of Lopez followed. Manzanillo singled and Cedeno got an infield single to load the bases once again. Spradlin then got Alfonzo on a force play ground ball to Hayes that closed out the inning.

Kent hit a single to lead off the top of the eighth. Snow singled to send Kent to third base and Hayes walked to load the bases. Mayne grounded out to Olerud to drive home Kent and a sacrifice fly by Aurilia plated Snow to reduce the Mets’ lead to 8-4. Manzanillo retired pinch-hitter Stan Javier on a fly ball to left fielder Allensworth to end the inning and Olerud walked against San Francisco’s Alan Embree to open the bottom half. John moved to second on a wild pitch and to third after Ventura’s fly out to Burks. Allensworth hit a single (the Mets’ twelfth hit) to bring home Olerud with the ninth New York run. McRae reached on an error by Hayes and a pop-up by Pratt was caught by Kent. Lopez walked to load the bases. Embree then retired pinch-hitter Bobby Bonilla on a foul pop-up to Snow for the inning’s final out.

Benard drew a walk against Mets’ reliever Rigo Beltran to begin the top of the ninth. Armando Rios was called out on strikes and Burks hit a force play grounder to second baseman Lopez. Beltran then threw a called third strike past Kent to end the game. The Mets had a solid victory.