April 15, 1998: Reed's Homer Wins Own Game

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Date: April 15, 1998
Mets starter: Rick Reed
Mets: 2
Cubs: 1
Winning pitcher: Rick Reed
Key player(s): Rick Reed
Key play: Reed's home run

The Mets played the Cubs on a Wednesday night at Shea Stadium. The crowd on hand watched Rick Reed pitch four-hit ball over seven innings and notch his first win of the season. Reed also provided all the Mets' scoring with a two-run homer for a 2-1 victory over Chicago.

After Reed shut down the Cubs in the first inning, the Mets missed a scoring opportunity in the bottom half. Butch Huskey singled off Chicago starter Steve Trachsel with two runners on base and two outs. Rey Ordonez tried to score from second, but was thrown out at home by right fielder Sammy Sosa. Reed then retired the Cubs in order in the top of the second.

Trachsel started off the bottom of the second by retiring the first two Met batters. He then hit Tim Spehr with a pitch to bring Reed to the plate. Rick hit Trachsel's first pitch over the left field wall for a home run. Reed protected his self-made 2-0 lead with a scoreless top of the third.

In the fourth inning, Reed allowed a single to Sosa amid three ground ball outs. He escaped a bases-loaded situation in the fifth by getting Mickey Morandini to hit into an inning-ending force play. Rick held Chicago scoreless without a hit in the sixth and seventh innings. Meanwhile, the Mets were unable to score against Trachsel and Cubs' reliever Terry Adams.

Dennis Cook came in to pitch for the Mets in the top of the eighth. He retired the first two Chicago batters before giving up a solo home run to Sosa. Cook followed up with a strikeout of Mark Grace to end the inning. Adams then retired the Mets in order in the bottom half.

In the ninth, Mets' reliever John Franco struck out Henry Rodriguez to start the inning. Franco then got two ground ball outs to end the game. The Mets had triumphed with solid pitching and a home run by winning pitcher Reed.