April 11, 1998: Ordonez Singles in 9th

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Date: April 11, 1998
Mets starter: Masato Yoshii
Mets: 2
Brewers: 1
Winning pitcher: Dennis Cook
Key player(s): John Olerud, Rey Ordonez
Key play: Olerud’s sacrifice fly, Ordonez’s single

The Mets faced the Brewers on a Saturday afternoon in Milwaukee. The teams played the second of three games in a series at County Stadium. Rey Ordonez hit a run-scoring single in the ninth inning for a 2-1 Mets win.

Edgardo Alfonzo drew a one-out walk against Brewers’ starter Cal Eldred in the top of the first. Alfonzo advanced to third base on Bernard Gilkey’s single and came home on John Olerud’s sacrifice fly. Butch Huskey singled and Carlos Baerga was retired on a line drive to third baseman Jeff Cirillo for the third out. The Mets’ Masato Yoshii then gave up only a single to Cirillo in the bottom half.

Eldred set down the side in order in the top of the second. Marquis Grissom hit a single to begin the bottom of the inning. Grissom stole second base and moved to third on an error by catcher Alberto Castillo. Bob Hamelin drew a walk and Marc Newfield followed with a sacrifice fly that scored Grissom, tying the game at 1-1. Mike Matheny walked and Eldred grounded to shortstop Ordonez for a double play to end the inning.

Yoshii and Eldred each pitched scoreless ball from the third inning to the sixth. Eldred retired all three batters in the top of the seventh and Mets’ reliever Greg McMichael surrendered only a walk to Newfield in the bottom half. Milwaukee’s Bob Wickman hurled a scoreless top of the eighth and New York’s Dennis Cook shut down the Brewers in the bottom of the inning. Huskey got a one-out double against Wickman in the top of the ninth. Baerga went down on strikes and pinch-hitter Matt Franco was walked intentionally. Ordonez followed with a single to score Huskey and put the Mets ahead by a run. Milwaukee reliever Mike Myers then threw a called third strike past Rich Becker for the inning’s final out.

Mets’ reliever John Franco retired Grissom on a pop-up to catcher Tim Spehr to start the bottom of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Eric Owens grounded out to third baseman Alfonzo and a single by Darrin Jackson ensued. John Franco then struck out Matheny to end the game. The Mets had come away with a victory.