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The Mets entered the 1999 NLCS as heavy underdogs to the 103-win Atlanta Braves who were led by John Smoltz, Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux.
After all, the Braves had dominated the Mets over the past decade.
For the first three games of the series, things went as expected. The Braves received lights-out pitching from their trio of aces, holding the Mets offense to five runs over 27 innings.
The Mets staved off elimination in Game 4 thanks to a clutch two-run single by John Olerud off John Rocker in the eighth inning.
Game 5 was among the best Mets games of all time, featuring the epic "Grand Slam Single" off the bat of Robin Ventura in the 15th inning.
Piazza made his impact with a terrific block of home plate, which prevented a run from scoring, though he was one-of-six at the dish.
It appeared the tide had turned until Al Leiter allowed five runs to score without recording an out in bottom of the first inning, seemingly ending the game before it started.
Pat Mahomes relieved him, however, and held the Braves scoreless until the Mets broke out with three runs in the sixth inning.
The Braves answered with two runs of their own, making the score 7-3.
In the seventh, the resilient Mets quickly erased those runs thanks to RBI hits from Rickey Henderson and John Olerud.
With the score 7-5, Piazza stepped in representing the tying run. In typical fashion, Piazza drove a pitch to right-center, which had just enough to clear the fence and tie the game.
Gary Cohen's excitement could be heard from New York, and the Mets had completely erased the deficit.
Unfortunately, it did not last. The teams exchanged blows multiple times.
John Franco relinquished the lead in the eighth. The Mets got it back. Armando Benitez blew it in the 10th.
In the 11th, Kenny Rogers unraveled and walked Andruw Jones to end the Mets' dream season.