September 12, 1999: Mets Explode for Win Over Dodgers
|Date: September 12, 1999|
|Mets starter: Kenny Rogers|
|Winning pitcher: Kenny Rogers|
|Key player(s): Edgardo Alfonzo, Mike Piazza, Shawon Dunston|
|Key play: Alfonzo’s home run, Dunston’s double, Piazza’s single|
The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles. The teams played the finale of a four-game series. The Mets erupted for eight runs and ten hits in the last four innings for a 10-3 win.
Roger Cedeno singled against Dodgers’ starter Eric Gagne to lead off the top of the first. An ensuing home run by Edgardo Alfonzo gave the Mets a 2-0 lead. Gagne retired the next three batters to end the inning and Mets’ starter Kenny Rogers pitched a scoreless bottom half. Gagne and Rogers each set down the side in order in the second and Alfonzo drew a two-out walk in the top of the third. Gagne then got John Olerud on a ground ball to second baseman Eric Young for the inning’s final out.
Adrian Beltre drew a walk to open the bottom of the third inning. Paul Lo Duca followed with a single that sent Beltre to third base and advanced to second on a throw. Gagne grounded out to shortstop Rey Ordonez to drive home Beltre and send Lo Duca to third. Young singled to score Lo Duca and tie the game. On Rogers’ ensuing pickoff attempt, Young was out at second via a throw by first baseman Olerud to Ordonez. Mark Grudzielanek hit a double and Gary Sheffield was hit by a pitch. Rogers then got Eric Karros to hit a force play grounder to Ordonez that finished off the inning.
Following a scoreless fourth, Gagne set down the Mets on three consecutive fly balls to left fielder Sheffield in the top of the fifth. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Gagne got a single and moved to second base on Young’s sacrifice bunt. Grudzielanek hit his second double of the game to bring home Gagne and put the Dodgers ahead, 3-2. Rogers then retired Sheffield on a ground ball to second baseman Alfonzo for the third out.
Mike Piazza drew a walk with two outs in the top of the sixth inning. Robin Ventura followed with a single that moved Piazza to third base. Shawon Dunston doubled to score Piazza and Ventura with the tying and go-ahead runs and advanced to third on a throw. A single by Benny Agbayani plated Dunston to extend the Mets’ lead to 5-3. Agbayani stole second and went to third on an infield single by Ordonez. Gagne got Rogers on an inning-ending pop-up to shortstop Grudzielanek. For Los Angeles, Raul Mondesi and Devon White got back-to-back singles with one out in the bottom half. Rogers then struck out Beltre and Lo Duca to close out the inning.
Cedeno drew a walk against Dodgers’ reliever Mike Judd to begin the top of the seventh. Roger stole second base and Alfonzo drew a walk. Olerud hit a single (and advanced to second) on which Alfonzo was caught off base and tagged out. Piazza singled to score Cedeno and Olerud with the Mets’ sixth and seventh runs. Ventura followed with a walk and moved to third on Dunston’s single that brought home Piazza. Robinson Checo came in to pitch for Los Angeles and threw a wild pitch that scored Ventura for a 9-3 Mets lead. Checo retired Agbayani on a fly ball to Sheffield and got Ordonez on a grounder to Grudzielanek to end the inning. Rogers then hurled a scoreless bottom half.
Despite singles by pinch-hitter Melvin Mora and Alfonzo, the Mets failed to score against Dodgers’ reliever Onan Masaoka in the top of the eighth. New York’s Billy Taylor yielded singles to White and pinch-hitter Todd Hollandsworth in a scoreless bottom of the inning. Making his major league debut, Los Angeles’s Jeff Williams started the top of the ninth by issuing a walk to Ventura. Jorge Toca (in his first major league at-bat) singled to right field. Agbayani hit a force play ground ball to third baseman Jose Vizcaino that advanced Ventura to third. Robin scored the Mets’ tenth run on Ordonez’s ground out to Grudzielanek. Williams then retired Mora on a grounder to Young for the third out of the inning.
Mets’ reliever Dennis Cook retired Vizcaino on a grounder to Ordonez to open the bottom of the ninth. Young popped out to Olerud and an infield single by Grudzielanek ensued. Pinch-hitter Trenidad Hubbard singled to center field. Cook then got Karros to pop out to Alfonzo and end the game. The Mets had a victory to close out the series at Dodgers Stadium.