May 15, 1999: Mets Come Back for Win Over Phils

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Date: May 15, 1999
Mets starter: Al Leiter
Mets: 9
Phillies: 7
Winning pitcher: Pat Mahomes
Key player(s): Edgardo Alfonzo, Brian McRae
Key play: Mets’ singles in 4th, McRae’s home run, Phillies’ triple play

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Saturday night in Philadelphia. It was the second of three games in a weekend series at Veterans Stadium. The Mets came back from a six-run deficit to defeat the Phils, 9-7.

Phillies’ starter Carlton Loewer pitched a scoreless top of the first inning. Doug Glanville hit a double to lead off the bottom half. Kevin Jordan drew a walk and Scott Rolen doubled to drive home Glanville. Rico Brogna went down on strikes and Ron Gant hit a three-run homer for a 4-0 Philadelphia lead. Mike Liebethal grounded out to shortstop Rey Ordonez and a single by Bobby Abreu ensued. Mets’ starter Al Leiter then struck out Alex Arias to end the inning.

Loewer shut down the Mets in the top of the second. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Glanville singled and advanced to third base on a single by Jordan. Rolen followed with a sacrifice fly to score Glanville with the Phillies’ fifth run of the game. Brogna hit a ground ball to second baseman Edgardo Alfonzo for the third out and Loewer hurled a scoreless top of the third. Gant singled to open the bottom of the inning. Lieberthal was struck out and Abreu flied out to left fielder Benny Agbayani. Arias reached third base on an error by Agbayani that allowed Gant to come home and increase the Phillies’ lead to six runs. Leiter then got Loewer on a grounder to third baseman Robin Ventura to close out the inning.

Mike Piazza drew a walk to lead off the top of the fourth. Loewer struck out Ventura and issued a walk to Brian McRae. A single by Agbayani loaded the bases. Ordonez hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Piazza and a single by pinch-hitter Matt Franco loaded the bases once again. Roger Cedeno got an infield single to score McRae. Alfonzo followed with a single to drive home Agbayani and Franco. John Olerud hit the Mets’ fourth consecutive single to plate Cedeno and cut the Phils’ lead to 6-5. Loewer threw a called third strike past Piazza for the third out of the inning. Mets’ reliever Pat Mahomes then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

With one out in the top of the fifth inning, McRae hit a home run to tie the game. Agbayani grounded out to shortstop Arias and an error by third baseman Rolen allowed Ordonez to reach first base. Mahomes followed with a double to center field. Trying to score on the hit, Ordonez was out at home via a relay throw by Arias to catcher Lieberthal to end the inning. Mahomes then retired all three Philadelphia batters in the bottom half.

Phils’ reliever Ken Ryan issued a walk to Cedeno to open the top of the sixth inning. Cedeno stole second base and came around to score on Alfonzo’s single to put the Mets ahead, 7-6. Olerud drew a walk and Piazza came up to bat. Ryan got Mike to line out to Arias, who threw to second baseman Jordan for an out on Alfonzo. Jordan tagged Olerud coming from first to complete a triple play. With one out in the bottom half, pinch-hitter Marlon Anderson drew a walk and Glanville singled to left field. Turk Wendell came in to pitch for the Mets and got Jordan to hit a force play ground ball to Alfonzo. Rolen drew a walk to load the bases. Wendell then fanned Brogna for the inning’s final out.

Ventura doubled against Phillies’ reliever Yorkis Perez to lead off the top of the seventh. Perez threw a wild pitch to send Ventura to third base and retired the next three New York hitters. Gant singled against Wendell to open the bottom of the inning. Lieberthal popped out to Alfonzo and Mets’ reliever Dennis Cook struck out Abreu. Gant stole second base and moved to third on an error by first baseman Olerud. Cook fanned Arias to close out the inning and the Mets failed to score against Perez and Philadelphia’s Robert Person in the top of the eighth. Mets’ reliever Armando Benitez then struck out the side in pitching a scoreless bottom half.

Ventura homered against Person to begin the top of the ninth inning. McRae lined out to Jordan and a walk to Todd Pratt followed. Ordonez singled to move Pratt to third base and a sacrifice bunt by Jermaine Allensworth advanced Rey to second. Phils’ reliever Jim Poole issued a walk to Cedeno to load the bases. Pratt scored on a wild pitch to extend the Mets’ lead to 9-6. Poole then retired Alfonzo on an inning-ending grounder to Rolen.

Mets’ reliever John Franco threw called third strikes past Brogna and Gant to start the bottom of the ninth. Lieberthal drew a walk and Abreu singled to center field. Pinch-hitter Kevin Sefcik hit a single to drive home Lieberthal. Franco then got Desi Relaford on a force play grounder to Alfonzo to end the game. The Mets had a come-from-behind victory.

Notes

  • The triple play in the sixth inning was the last pitch thrown by Ryan in his eight-season major league career.