May 20, 1999: Ventura's Slam Leads to Win
|Date: May 20, 1999|
|Mets starter: Al Leiter|
|Winning pitcher: Al Leiter|
|Key player(s): Robin Ventura, Benny Agbayani|
|Key play: Ventura's grand slam, Agbayani's two homers, Cedeno's throw|
The Mets and Brewers played a twi-night doubleheader at Shea Stadium. The first game was high-scoring as the teams combined for 21 runs and 25 hits. The Mets emerged with an 11-10 victory over Milwaukee.
The Mets got off to a 4-0 lead against Brewers' starter Jim Abbott. John Olerud drew a one-out walk and Mike Piazza followed with a single. Abbott then walked Edgardo Alfonzo to load the bases and Robin Ventura unloaded a grand slam home run. Milwaukee scored three times in the third on Lou Collier's run-scoring double and RBI singles by Jeromy Burnitz and Marquis Grissom.
For the Brewers in the fourth, Alex Ochoa led off with a walk and Ronnie Belliand followed with a single. On Abbott's attempted sacrifice, Leiter made an error on which Ochoa scored the tying run. Abbott returned the favor in the bottom of the inning when he erred on Leiter's bunt, allowing Benny Agbayani to come home and put the Mets ahead, 5-4.
Ochoa's two-out double off Leiter in the fifth scored Jeff Cirillo and Burnitz to give Milwaukee a 6-5 lead. The Mets answered in the bottom half when Agbayani hit a three-run homer off reliever Steve Falteisek. Piazza added a two-run homer off Falteisek in the sixth to make the score 10-6 in favor of the Mets.
In the seventh, Agbayani hit his second home run of the game for another Met run. The Brewers responded with a three-run homer by Cirillo off reliever Allen Watson in the top of the eighth. Milwaukee's Eric Plunk shut down the Mets in the bottom half to keep the score at 11-9.
Grissom hit a double off John Franco to begin the top of the ninth inning. With one out, Franco walked Ochoa and followed up by getting Belliard to fly out. Pinch-hitter Sean Berry then hit a ground ball on which Alfonzo made a bad throw to allow Grissom to score. Ochoa also tried to score on the play, but Roger Cedeno's throw nailed him at the plate for the final out of the game. The Mets had hung on for a one-run win.
- Ventura also had a slam in the second game of the doubleheader to become the first player in major league history to hit a bases-loaded homer in each half of a twinbill.
- The four Mets homers each came with a different number of runners on base for the second home run cycle in team history. The first one came in a 16-4 win over the Braves on July 20, 1985.