May 14, 1999: Cedeno and Three Homers Bury Phils

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Date: May 14, 1999
Mets starter: Masato Yoshii
Mets: 7
Phillies: 3
Winning pitcher: Masato Yoshii
Key player(s): Roger Cedeno, John Olerud, Robin Ventura, Edgardo Alfonzo
Key play: Cedeno’s four steals, Mets’ home runs

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Friday night in Philadelphia. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. Four stolen bases by Roger Cedeno and a trio of home runs led to a 7-3 Mets win.

Cedeno reached on an error by first baseman Rico Brogna to lead off the top of the first inning. Roger moved to second base on Edgardo Alfonzo’s ground out and stole third. John Olerud hit a two-run homer and Mike Piazza drew a walk. Robin Ventura followed with a homer to extend the Mets’ lead to four runs. Phils’ starter Chad Ogea struck out both Brian McRae and Benny Agbayani to end the inning. For the Mets, Masato Yoshii pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Ogea hurled a perfect top of the second. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Bobby Abreu hit an inside-the-park home run to cut the Mets’ lead to 4-1. Mike Lieberthal grounded out to Yoshii, who then threw a called third strike past Desi Relaford to close out the inning. Leading off the top of the third, Alfonzo hit the Mets’ third home run of the game. Olerud drew a walk and Piazza flied out to right fielder Abreu. Ventura hit a ground ball to second baseman Marlon Anderson for an inning-ending double play. Yoshii then shut down the Phillies in the bottom half.

Following a scoreless fourth, Cedeno singled against Ogea to begin the top of the fifth. Roger stole second base and went to third after Alfonzo’s fly out to center fielder Doug Glanville. Against Philadelphia reliever Yorkis Perez, Olerud hit a sacrifice fly to score Cedeno for a 6-1 Mets lead. Piazza drew a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Perez struck out Ventura to end the inning and pinch-hitter David Doster homered to open the bottom half. Glanville was retired on a fly ball to left fielder Agbayani. Anderson grounded out to second baseman Alfonzo and a homer by Scott Rolen reduced the Mets’ lead to 6-3. Yoshii then got Brogna to ground out to third baseman Ventura and finish off the inning.

Phils’ reliever Mike Grace pitched a scoreless top of the sixth. Yoshii retired the side in order in the bottom half and Grace shut down the Mets again in the top of the seventh. New York’s Turk Wendell hurled a perfect bottom of the inning and the Phillies’ Robert Person pitched a scoreless top of the eighth. Rolen drew a one-out walk against Mets’ reliever Armando Benitez in the bottom half. Benitez then got Brogna to fly out to right fielder Cedeno and threw a called third strike past Ron Gant to close out the inning.

Cedeno singled against Philadelphia reliever Wayne Gomes with two outs in the top of the ninth. Roger stole both second and third base and came home with the Mets’ seventh run on a single by Alfonzo. Gomes got Olerud on a force play grounder to Anderson that ended the inning and New York’s John Franco fanned Abreu to start the bottom half. Lieberthal also went down on strikes. Franco then retired Relaford on a fly ball to center fielder McRae for the game’s final out. The Mets had a victory to begin the weekend series.