September 5, 1999: Six Runs in 5th Beat Rockies

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Date: September 5, 1999
Mets starter: Masato Yoshii
Mets: 6
Rockies: 2
Winning pitcher: Masato Yoshii
Key player(s): Masato Yoshii, Darryl Hamilton, Mike Piazza, Robin Ventura
Key play: Piazza’s and Ventura’s RBI singles, Hamilton’s grand slam

The Mets faced the Rockies on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the final of a three-game series. The Mets scored six runs in the fifth inning for a 6-2 win over Colorado.

Masato Yoshii and the Rockies’ Darryl Kile each pitched four scoreless innings to start the game. Yoshii struck out six batters and yielded four singles while Kile held the Mets to a single by Rey Ordonez. Yoshii fanned two more members of the purple and black in hurling a perfect top of the fifth. With one out in the bottom half, Rickey Henderson hit a single to left field. Consecutive walks to Edgardo Alfonzo and John Olerud loaded the bases and Mike Piazza singled to drive home Henderson. Robin Ventura followed with a single that scored Alfonzo. Darryl Hamilton connected for a grand slam to increase the Mets’ lead to 6-0. Roger Cedeno grounded out to first baseman Todd Helton and a single by Ordonez ensued. Kile then got Yoshii on a force play ground ball to third baseman Vinny Castilla for the inning’s final out.

Helton got a two-out single in the top of the sixth. Castilla slugged a homer for the first two Colorado runs of the game. Yoshii threw a called third strike past Edgard Clemente to close out the inning and Henderson singled to open the bottom half. Alfonzo flied out to center fielder Clemente and a single by Olerud followed. Kile then got Piazza to hit a grounder to Castilla for a double play that finished off the inning.

Pinch-hitter Jeff Barry hit a single against Mets’ reliever Turk Wendell with one out in the top of the seventh. Neifi Perez singled and a pop-up by Kurt Abbott was caught by third baseman Ventura. Wendell retired Larry Walker on a fly ball to center fielder Hamilton to end the inning and the Rockies’ Bobby Jones gave up just a single to Ventura in the bottom half. Castilla drew a two-out walk against New York’s John Franco in the top of the eighth. Clemente doubled and Franco got Henry Blanco on an inning-ending line drive to first baseman Olerud. Colorado relievers Curt Leskanic and Rigo Beltran then combined for a scoreless bottom half.

Mets’ reliever Pat Mahomes struck out pinch-hitter Angel Echevarria to open the top of the ninth inning. Perez was retired on a grounder to Olerud. Mahomes then got Abbott to fly out to left fielder Melvin Mora and end the game. The Mets had a victory to close out the series.

Notes

  • Hamilton's grand slam was the 100th in Mets history