October 16, 1999: Game Four of the NLCS
|Date: October 16, 1999|
|Mets starter: Rick Reed|
|Winning pitcher: Turk Wendell|
|Key player(s): John Olerud|
|Key play: Olerud's two-run single|
The Mets were on the verge of going down in four straight games. They called on Rick Reed to stop the Braves and keep them alive. Reed pitched brilliantly, but it took an eighth-inning comeback for the Mets to pull out a 3-2 win and extend the Series at least another day.
The Braves' bats could do nothing against Reed. They managed only one hit off Rick over the first seven innings. Meanwhile, Atlanta starter John Smoltz allowed only two hits through five innings before a home run by John Olerud gave the Mets a 1-0 lead in the sixth.
Finally, the Braves broke through. Brian Jordan and Ryan Klesko hit back-to-back home runs off Reed to start the eighth inning. Atlanta had a 2-1 lead and Reed was removed for Turk Wendell. The Mets fought back in the bottom half when Olerud singled with two out to send home Roger Cedeno and Melvin Mora to go out in front again.
Armando Benitez retired the Braves in order in the ninth, giving the Mets their first win and avoiding a sweep.