May 11, 1996: Brogna's Second Homer Beats Cubs
|Date: May 11, 1996|
|Mets starter: Pete Harnisch|
|Winning pitcher: Doug Henry|
|Key player(s): Rico Brogna|
|Key play: Brogna's home run in 9th|
The Mets and Cubs faced each other on a Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. After building up a lead, the Mets let it slip away as the Chicago team came back to tie. Rico Brogna's second home run of the game gave the Mets a 7-6 win in the bottom of the ninth inning.
In the top of the first inning, Sammy Sosa hit a two-run homer off Mets' starter Pete Harnisch. The Mets came back in the bottom half when Brogna singled to score Jose Vizcaino and Bernard Gilkey. In the second, Gilkey singled with the bases loaded to drive in two runs and put the Mets ahead. Brogna's home run and Lance Johnson's sacrifice fly added two more runs in the bottom of the third for a 6-2 Mets lead.
Following a scoreless fourth inning, the Cubs' Mark Grace homered off Harnisch in the top of the fifth. Dave Mlicki pinch-hit for Harnisch in the bottom half and held Chicago scoreless in the sixth. Mlicki then pitched a perfect seventh inning before the Cubs pushed across a run in the top of the eighth.
In the ninth, Brian McRae singled and Ryne Sandberg walked to start the inning for Chicago. Mlicki was relieved by Rob MacDonald, who got Grace to fly out to right fielder Chris Jones. Later, the Cubs had the bases loaded with two out when Jose Hernandez singled off Mets' reliever Doug Henry to score McRae and Sandberg to tie the game, 6-6. Henry then got Brian Dorsett on a ground ball to end the inning.
Chicago's Doug Jones retired Brent Mayne to begin the bottom of the ninth. Brogna came to bat and hit a home run to end the game. The Mets had an exciting victory on Rico's second homer after seeing an earlier lead get away.