The grand slam single
One of the most famous walk-off finishes, not only for the Mets but in MLB history, came back in 1999. It was the National League Championship Series between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. The Braves led the series three games to one going into Game 5 in a must-win for the Mets.
The Braves had ace Greg Maddux on the mound so it was not going to be easy for the Mets but the Mets got on board first with to runs in the bottom of the first inning. The Braves knotted things up with two runs of their own in the fourth inning and it stayed that way for a while.
The game headed into extras and we found ourselves in the fifteenth inning. The inning started with Octavio Dotel on the mound for the Mets. Dotel was not able to keep the game tied as Keith Lockhart for the Braves came up with an RBI triple to give Atlanta a 3-2 lead and just three outs away from advancing to the World Series.
The Mets loaded the bases in the bottom of the fifteenth with one out and up came Todd Pratt. Pratt drew a walk to tie the game at three which then brought up Robin Ventura with a chance to win the game.
Kevin McGlinchy was the pitcher for the Braves and he fell behind Ventura on a 2-1 count. On the fourth pitch of the at-bat, Ventura hit a deep fly ball to right-center field. Bob Costas of NBC was on the call of the walk-off play:
“A drive to right….back to Georgia! Gone, a grand slam!”
A walk-off grand slam for the Mets to stay alive in the series, right……..let us look into what happened next.
As the ball cleared the fence in the right-center field the Mets were about to win the game 7-3 with the grand slam but only one player came across home plate. As Ventura was rounding first base, Todd Pratt who was on the bases as well, grabbed Ventura before he can get to second base and the entire Mets team was out celebrating in the middle of the bases.
Roger Cedeno was on third and was the only player to have touched home plate after the home run. With no other players touching home plate and Ventura only getting passed first base the official scoring of the play was an RBI single. Ventura was rewarded just one RBI on the play as well and the Mets officially won the game 4-3.