September 18, 1999: Mets Hit Three Homers in Rout of Phils

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Date: September 18, 1999
Mets starter: Masato Yoshii
Mets: 11
Phillies: 1
Winning pitcher: Masato Yoshii
Key player(s): Darryl Hamilton, Masato Yoshii, Rey Ordonez
Key play: Hamilton’s home run, Yoshii’s two-run single, Ordonez’s grand slam

The Mets and Phillies faced each other on a Saturday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played a three-hour and six-minute game in front of 37,655 fans on hand. An offensive attack that included three home runs led to an 11-1 Mets win over Philadelphia.

Masato Yoshii and the Phils’ Mike Grace each pitched two scoreless innings to start the game. Yoshii set down all six Philadelphia batters while the Mets were unable to bring home a run despite two singles and two walks against Grace. In the top of the third, the Phillies had runners on first and second base with one out. Doug Glanville hit a single to right field. On the hit, Desi Relaford was thrown out at home by right fielder Roger Cedeno. Yoshii then retired Ron Gant on a fly ball to Cedeno for the third out of the inning.

Edgardo Alfonzo singled and moved to second on a wild pitch to begin the bottom of the third. John Olerud grounded out to first baseman Rico Brogna to advance Alfonzo to third base. A sacrifice fly by Robin Ventura scored Alfonzo with the first run of the game. Darryl Hamilton homered for a 2-0 Mets lead and Todd Pratt singled to left field. Grace then got Cedeno to fly out to center fielder Glanville and end the inning.

Bobby Abreu got a bunt single to open the top of the fourth. Mike Lieberthal followed with a double and Brogna struck out. Kevin Jordan hit a sacrifice fly to drive home Abreu. Marlon Anderson grounded out to first baseman Olerud for the third out. The Mets loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the inning. Grace then retired Ventura on an inning-ending ground ball to Brogna.

Yoshii pitched a scoreless top of the fifth inning. Hamilton and Pratt got back-to-back singles to start the bottom half. Cedeno flied out to Glanville and a single by Rey Ordonez loaded the bases. Yoshii hit a single to drive home Hamilton and Pratt. Facing Phils’ reliever Amaury Telemaco, Rickey Henderson hit a sacrifice fly to plate Ordonez for a 5-1 Mets lead. Alfonzo then grounded out to third baseman Jordan to end the inning.

The Phillies were shut down by Yoshii again in the top of the sixth. Olerud singled off Philadelphia’s Scott Aldred to begin the bottom of the inning. A single by Ventura sent Olerud to third base. John scored on Hamilton’s ensuing double and Aldred struck out Pratt. Pinch-hitter Benny Agbayani was walked intentionally to load the bases. Ordonez hit a grand slam off Phils’ reliever Carlton Loewer to increase the Mets’ lead to 10-1. Loewer then struck out Yoshii and retired Henderson on a grounder to Brogna to close out the inning.

Yoshii and the Phillies’ Chad Ogea pitched a scoreless seventh. Mets’ reliever Jeff Tam retired the side in order in the top of the eighth. Agbayani homered with two outs in the bottom of the inning for the Mets’ eleventh run. Ogea then got Ordonez on an inning-ending pop-up back to the mound.

John Franco retired Lieberthal on a grounder to third baseman Melvin Mora to begin the top of the ninth. Brogna took a called third strike for the second out of the inning. Franco then fanned Jordan to end the game. The Mets had an easy victory.