The New York Mets franchise record for most hits in a single game is 6. Lucky for us, two beloved players in team history share the record.
I find it incredibly appropriate for the New York Mets franchise record of most hits in a single game in a shared one with the names Edgardo Alfonzo and Wilmer Flores sharing the glory. The pair of beloved homegrown Mets were infielders who contributed greatly for several years at a variety of positions.
On August 30, 1999, Alfonzo had his record-breaking Mets game featuring six hits from his bat in a merciless game against the Houston Astros down in Texas. The Mets won this game 17-1 in this historic game from Alfonzo. Three of his hits were home runs and another landed him on second base with a double.
In total, the Mets had 21 hits in this beating versus the Astros. Alfonzo’s 5 RBI, 6 runs scored, and absolutely perfect day led the way. Teammates Shawon Dunston and Darryl Hamilton also drove in 3 runs and added John Olerud showed off his patience by drawing 4 walks.
On this Houston night, Alfonzo put his name in the record books twice. The 6 runs he scored also set a franchise total number had matched before or since.
More than a decade later on July 3, 2016, Flores joined Alfonzo on this same page of the Mets record book. In a 14-3 win against the Chicago Cubs, Flores picked up a hit in all six of his at-bats. These hits included a pair of home runs and 4 RBI.
Up and down the lineup, the Mets bats gave Cubs’ starter Jon Lester a hard time. Rene Rivera had 3 RBI of his own and the team combined to hit 5 home runs at Citi Field. Only months after sweeping the Cubs in the NLCS, the Mets were there to remind them of how difficult it is to make it to the World Series.
Most impressive of all from this pair, each picked up six hits in a traditional nine-inning game. An extra inning affair would give a man a better opportunity to knock baseballs around and add to his hit total on the night. Alfonzo and Flores only needed the usual nine.
In fact, Flores didn’t even need the bottom half of the final frame as the game took place in New York.
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I can’t think of two better players to share this record.