May 12, 1999: Mets Roll Over Rockies

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Date: May 12, 1999
Mets starter: Rick Reed
Mets: 10
Rockies: 5
Winning pitcher: Rick Reed
Key player(s): Roger Cedeno, Edgardo Alfonzo, Mike Piazza, Robin Ventura
Key play: Ventura’s and Piazza’s singles and doubles, Alfonzo’s double and homer

The Mets faced the Rockies on a Wednesday afternoon in Colorado. The teams played the finale of a three-game series at Denver’s Coors Field. The Mets got off to a strong start and rolled to a 10-5 win.

Roger Cedeno singled against Rockies’ starter John Thomson to lead off the top of the first inning. Edgardo Alfonzo went down on strikes and Cedeno stole second base. John Olerud drew a walk and Mike Piazza hit a single to drive home Cedeno. Brian McRae was struck out and Robin Ventura doubled to score Olerud and Piazza for a 3-0 Mets lead. Thomson retired Benny Agbayani on a fly ball to right fielder Angel Echevarria for the third out. For the Mets, Rick Reed pitched a scoreless bottom half.

With one out in the top of the second, Rick Reed drew a walk and moved to third base on a double by Cedeno. Alfonzo doubled to bring home Rick Reed and Cedeno, extending the Mets’ lead to 5-0. Olerud flied out to Echevarria and a double by Piazza plated Alfonzo with the sixth New York run of the game. McRae grounded out to first baseman Todd Helton to end the inning and Vinny Castilla homered to begin the bottom half. Jeff Reed was retired on a ground ball to first baseman Olerud. Echevarria grounded out to Rick Reed and a single by Kurt Abbott ensued. Rick Reed then got Thomson to line out to right fielder Cedeno and finish off the inning.

The Mets loaded the bases with two outs against Thomson in the top of the third. Colorado reliever Dave Wainhouse retired Alfonzo on a fly ball to center fielder Abbott for the inning’s third out and Rick Reed gave up just a single to Mike Lansing in the bottom half. McRae drew a two-out walk in the top of the fourth. Brian stole second and came home on a single by Ventura. Agbayani hit a triple to drive home Ventura and lengthen the Mets’ lead to 8-1. Wainhouse retired Rey Ordonez on an inning-ending grounder to shortstop Neifi Perez. Rick Reed then held the Mountain Men to a double by Echevarria in the bottom half.

Cedeno doubled with one out in the top of the fifth. Alfonzo slugged a two-run homer and Wainhouse set down the next two Mets batters on infield ground balls to close out the inning. Pinch-hitter Lenny Harris got a leadoff double in the bottom half. Perez singled and Lansing flied out to Cedeno. Helton hit a sacrifice fly to score Harris and a two-run homer by Dante Bichette reduced the Mets’ lead to 10-4. Castilla followed with a single to center field. Rick Reed then got Jeff Reed to pop out to third baseman Ventura and end the inning.

Rockies’ reliever Jerry DiPoto hurled a scoreless top of the sixth. For the Mets, reliever Dennis Cook struck out both Echevarria and Abbott to begin the bottom half. Harris singled and came around to score the fifth Colorado run on a triple by Perez. Lansing grounded out to Cook to end the inning and DiPoto yielded only a single to Cedeno in the top of the seventh. Cook set down the side in order in the bottom half and the Rockies’ Chuck McElroy gave up just a single to Olerud in the top of the eighth. Mets’ reliever Armando Benitez then pitched a scoreless bottom of the inning.

McElroy hurled a perfect top of the ninth. Mets’ reliever John Franco retired Perez on a ground ball to shortstop Luis Lopez to open the bottom half. Lansing went down on strikes. Franco then threw a called third strike past Helton to end the game. The Mets had a victory to close out the series.