October 8, 1999: Game Three of the NLDS
|Date: October 8, 1999|
|Mets starter: Rick Reed|
|Winning pitcher: Rick Reed|
|Key player(s): Rick Reed, John Olerud|
|Key play: Rick Reed's pitching|
As the Division Series moved to Shea Stadium tied at one game apiece, Rick Reed took the mound for the Mets. Reed pitched six solid innings, allowing only two runs and four hits to the Diamondbacks to help the Mets to a 9-2 victory and a two games to one lead in the Series. The only runs Reed allowed came on a pinch-hit two-run homer by Turner Ward in the fifth inning.
Meanwhile, the Mets' bats produced some runs against Arizona starter Omar Daal. Singles by Rey Ordonez in the second inning and John Olerud in the third drove in one run each. Olerud then scored on Robin Ventura's groundout for a 3-0 New York lead.
In the sixth, the Mets erupted for six runs on four hits. Each hit was a run-producing single. Olerud and Darryl Hamilton each drove in two runs while Rickey Henderson's and Roger Cedeno's singles each brought in a run. The seven-run lead was preserved by the Mets' bullpen with one-hit shutout relief over the final three innings.