October 19, 1999: Game Six of the NLCS
|Date: October 19, 1999|
|Mets starter: Al Leiter|
|Winning pitcher: Russ Springer|
|Key player(s): Mike Piazza, Ozzie Guillen, Gerald Williams|
|Key play: Rogers's walk of Andruw Jones in 11th|
Still alive in the Series, the Mets came back to Atlanta hoping to make history. Never before had a Major League Baseball team come back to tie a post-season series after losing the first three games. After a long battle, the quest ended as the Mets fell to the Braves, 10-9, in eleven innings.
Trailing 7-3 in the seventh, the Mets faced Braves' reliever John Smoltz. Leadoff back-to-back doubles by Matt Franco and Rickey Henderson produced a run. Later, Henderson scored on John Olerud's single and Piazza hit a two-run homer to tie the game. Smoltz was removed immediately.
The Mets took an 8-7 lead in the eighth on Melvin Mora's single that scored Benny Agbayani. The Braves tied it up when Brian Hunter singled home Otis Nixon in the bottom of the inning. A scoreless ninth followed and the game was headed to extra innings.
Kenny Rogers came in to pitch for the Mets in the eleventh. Gerald Williams led off with a double and moved to third on an out. After two intentional walks, Rogers faced Andruw Jones with the bases loaded. Jones drew another walk, forcing home Williams with the pennant-clinching run for Atlanta.