April 12, 2002: D'Amico Stifles Expos

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Date: April 12, 2002
Mets starter: Jeff D'Amico
Mets: 2
Expos: 1
Winning pitcher: Jeff D'Amico
Key player(s): Jeff D'Amico, Jeromy Burnitz
Key play: Burnitz’s home run, Vidro’s error

The Mets faced the Expos on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. Jeff D'Amico pitched eight scoreless innings and the Mets defeated Montreal, 2-1.

D’Amico surrendered only a walk to Peter Bergeron in the top of the first. Expos’ starter Tomo Ohka hurled a scoreless bottom half and D’Amico retired the side in order in the top of the second. Leading off the bottom of the inning, Jeromy Burnitz hit a home run for a 1-0 Mets lead. Jay Payton popped out to second baseman Jose Vidro and a line drive by Rey Ordonez was caught by center fielder Bergeron. Ohka then threw a called third strike past D’Amico to end the inning.

D’Amico and Ohka each allowed three hits and no runs from the third inning to the sixth. Jeff pitched a perfect top of the seventh and Timo Perez singled against Ohka with one out in the bottom half. Against Montreal reliever Scott Stewart, pinch-hitter John Valentin doubled and moved to third base on Vidro’s error that enabled Perez to score the Mets’ second run of the game. Roberto Alomar went down on strikes and the Expos’ Matt Herges fanned Mike Piazza to finish off the inning. D’Amico set down all three batters in the top of the eighth. Montreal’s Britt Reames then gave up just a single to Payton in the bottom half.

To begin the top of the ninth against Mets’ reliever Armando Benitez, Vladimir Guerrero reached on an error by third baseman Edgardo Alfonzo. Trying to advance on the play, Guerrero was out via a throw by Alfonzo to second baseman Alomar. Lee Stevens grounded out to Alomar and a walk to Orlando Cabrera ensued. Cabrera went to second base on defensive indifference and came home on a single by Michael Barrett. Benitez then retired pinch-hitter Henry Rodriguez on a grounder to Alomar for the game’s final out. The Mets had a victory to open the weekend series.