October 5, 1999: Game One of the NLDS
|Date: October 5, 1999|
|Mets starter: Masato Yoshii|
|Winning pitcher: Turk Wendell|
|Key player(s): Edgardo Alfonzo|
|Key play: Alfonzo's grand slam, Gonzalez's home run|
The Mets' first post-season game in 11 years was also their first ever in a Division Series. In a contest that featured five home runs, they came out on top of the Arizona Diamondbacks, 8-4 at Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix. Edgardo Alfonzo's ninth inning grand slam provided the four-run difference.
Alfonzo got the Mets on the scoreboard early. He homered off Diamondbacks' starter Randy Johnson in the first inning for a 1-0 lead. John Olerud then got Johnson for a two-run homer in the third to increase the lead to three runs.
The Mets were still ahead, 4-1, going into the bottom of the fourth. Masato Yoshii gave up a home run to Erubiel Durazo that cut the lead to two. Luis Gonzalez then hit a two-run homer off Yoshii in the sixth to tie the game, 4-4.
In the ninth, the Mets loaded the bases. Robin Ventura and Rey Ordonez singled and Melvin Mora walked, forcing Johnson's departure from the game. Alfonzo, facing reliever Bobby Chouinard, then connected for his second home run of the game to put New York on top to stay. Armando Benitez retired Arizona in order in the bottom half and the Mets had a one-game lead in the Series.