Number Two: August 30th, 1999 versus Houston Astros.
The Mets came into this game on a roll. They were an incredible 27 games over .500 and were ready to win more. That’s exactly what happened when they visited the Astrodome.
One highlight of the game for the Mets was Masato Yoshii. The 34-year-old was in his sophomore season and pitched like an ace this day. Coming into the game Yoshii had an 8-8 record, and this game changed his season.
He pitched six shutout innings, giving up just two hits and a walk while striking out eight. This was his fourth straight outing where he pitched six or more innings while giving up two or fewer runs. He would accomplish this feat in each of his next five outings.
Relieving Yoshii was Jeff Tam, Billy Taylor, and Chuck McElroy. Each of them gave up just one hit and no walks in one inning apiece. Unfortunately, the hit that Tam gave up was a home run to Lance Berkman.
Hitting wise the Mets were unstoppable, and it was all thanks to Edgardo Alfonzo. He came to bat six times. He got a hit and came around to score each time. By the end of the sixth inning, he also had three home runs. Mike Piazza also hit his 32nd home run that day.
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The biggest inning for the Mets was the 2nd, where they scored six runs. Other than that, they scored at least two runs in an inning four other times. By the time Berkman hit his home run and got the Astros on the board, the Mets already had scored 12 runs.
The MVP obviously has to be Alfonzo. He went 6-6 with three home runs and a double. He drove in five runs and scored all six times. That season, he finished the game with 23 home runs, 37 doubles, and a .319 batting average on the season.
The Mets won by a score of 17-1 and were 80-52. They won 17 more games that season and lost in the NLCS.