May 20, 1999: Ventura Slams Brewers Again

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Date: May 20, 1999
Mets starter: Masato Yoshii
Mets: 10
Brewers: 1
Winning pitcher: Masato Yoshii
Key player(s): Robin Ventura
Key play: Ventura's grand slam

The Mets faced the Brewers in the second game of their Thursday twi-night doubleheader. A 12-hit attack produced a 10-1 Met win for a sweep of the twinbill. Just like in Game 1, Robin Ventura hit a grand slam to lead the way.

Ventura doubled to lead off the second inning against Milwaukee's Steve Woodard. Brian McRae followed with a single on which Robin scored after an error by left fielder Geoff Jenkins. McRae then scored on a single by Luis Lopez for a 2-0 Mets lead. In the third, John Olerud's double brought home Roger Cedeno for another New York run.

Benny Agbayani tripled off Woodard to begin the bottom of the fourth. After Todd Pratt struck out, Lopez hit a double to score Benny and moved to third base on a ground out. Cedeno followed with a single to bring home Lopez and extend the Met lead to 5-0. Roger then stole second and third before Woodard walked Edgardo Alfonzo and hit Olerud with a pitch to load the bases.

For Milwaukee, Horacio Estrada came in to relieve Woodard. Ventura greeted the rookie reliever with his second grand slam of the doubleheader. Robin became the first player in major league history to homer with the bases loaded in both the opener and nightcap of a twinbill. The history-making clout also increased the Mets' lead to nine runs.

After five innings of shutout ball, Mets' starter Masato Yoshii yielded a home run to Jenkins in the top of the sixth. In the seventh, Yoshii was removed for pinch-hitter Jermaine Allensworth, who promptly homered off Estrada. Mets' reliever Rigo Beltran then shut down the Brewers in the eighth and ninth innings to finish off the game. The Mets had a sweep of a doubleheader in which history was made.

Notes

  • The two bats used by Ventura on his grand slams were given to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
  • Allensworth's home run was the last of his major league career.