April 15, 1997: Mets Defeat Dodgers, Robinson Honored
|Date: April 15, 1997|
|Mets starter: Armando Reynoso|
|Winning pitcher: Armando Reynoso|
|Key player(s): Lance Johnson|
|Key play: Johnson's singles in 5th & 7th|
On the 50th anniversary of the debut of Jackie Robinson, the Mets and Dodgers faced each other at Shea Stadium. The night was highlighted by festivities honoring Robinson for which Mrs. Robinson, Commissioner Bud Selig and President Bill Clinton were present. As for the game, the Mets defeated Los Angeles, 5-0.
Armando Reynoso and the Dodgers' Ismael Valdez each pitched shutout ball over the first four innings. In the fifth, Reynoso picked off Wilton Guerrero after a leadoff single and struck out Mike Piazza to end the inning. The Mets then got two runs off Valdez in the bottom half on Lance Johnson's bases-loaded single that scored Carlos Baerga and Alex Ochoa.
For the Mets, Toby Borland came in to relieve Reynoso to start the top of the sixth. Toby pitched four scoreless innings with three strikeouts while allowing only two Los Angeles hits. Meanwhile, the Mets got three runs against Dodgers' reliever Scott Radinsky in the seventh. Rey Ordonez's single brought home Manny Alexander and Johnson's single scored Ochoa and Ordonez.
The game ended when Borland got Guerrero to fly out to center fielder Johnson in the top of the ninth. The Mets had a victory on solid pitching and timely hitting. It was a happy ending for New York on a special day.
- As part of the Robinson celebration, Selig announced that Jackie's No. 42 was being retired by Major League Baseball.