September 27, 1998: Mets Eliminated in Season Finale
|Date: September 27, 1998|
|Mets starter: Armando Reynoso|
|Winning pitcher: Greg Maddux|
|Key player(s): Armanda Reynoso|
|Key play: Braves' four run second|
In the final game of the 1998 season, the Mets, having lost four straight and being just one game behind the Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants for the National League Wild Card spot, faced the NL East champions Atlanta Braves hoping to force a three-way tie for the Wild Card. Despite both the Cubs and Giants losing, the Mets also fell to the Braves 7-2 to be eliminated from the playoffs.
Armando Reynoso got the start for the Mets while Greg Maddux got the start for the Braves. In the bottom of the first, Chipper Jones hit a two-out single before scoring on Andres Galarraga's double to put the Braves up 1-0. The Mets loaded the bases in the top of the second with two outs on a single, walk, and intentional walk, but Reynoso grounded out to end the inning.
In the bottom of the second, Andruw Jones flew out before Eddie Perez walked. He moved to second on Michael Tucker's groundout before scoring on Greg Maddux's single to put the Braves up 2-0. Walt Weiss then singled to put runners on second and third. They both scored on Keith Lockhart's double to put the Braves up 4-0. Chipper Jones singled to score Lockhart to make it 5-0 Braves. After intentionally walking Andres Galarraga, Reynoso, charged with five runs on six hits in just 1 2/3 innings, is relieved by Rigo Beltran, who walked Ryan Klesko before striking out Jones to end the inning.
In the top of the third, Maddux struck out Tony Phillips before Edgardo Alfonzo doubled to left. He scored on John Olerud's single to make it 5-1 Braves, but Maddux retired Brian McRae and Lenny Harris to end the inning. Hideo Nomo held the Braves scoreless over the next four innings while Maddux pitched into the sixth.
In the top of the seventh, reliever Dennis Martinez allowed a one-out double to Tony Phillips, who then scored on Edgardo Alfonzo's double, making it 5-2 Braves. John Olerud singled to put runners on first and third, but Martinez and John Rocker struck out Mike Piazza and Brian McRae, respectively, to end the inning. In the bottom of the inning, Turk Wendell got Andres Galarraga to pop up to second before Ryan Klesko singled to left. After Andruw Jones lined out, Eddie Perez doubled to score Klesko, giving the Braves a 6-2 lead. Wendell then intentionally walked Michael Tucker before pinch hitter Greg Colbrunn flew out to end the inning.
In the bottom of the eighth, Dennis Cook allowed a one-out single to Tony Graffanino, who then scored on Chipper Jones's double, giving the Braves a 7-2 lead. Cook intentionally walked Andres Galaragga before being relieved with Greg McMichael, who allowed a single to Danny Bautista before striking out Andruw Jones and Eddie Perez to end the inning.
In the top of the ninth, Rudy Seanez struck out Tony Phillips and Edgardo Alfonzo before walking John Olerud. Mike Piazza then popped up to second to end the game and the Mets' season.