April 19, 2000: Reed Leads Mets Past Brewers

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Date: April 19, 2000
Mets starter: Rick Reed
Mets: 3
Brewers: 1
Winning pitcher: Rick Reed
Key player(s): Rick Reed, Rickey Henderson, Derek Bell
Key play: Bell’s RBI single

The Mets faced the Brewers on a Wednesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the second of three games in a series. Rick Reed pitched seven solid innings in a 3-1 Mets win over Milwaukee.

Reed set down the side in order in the top of the first. Rickey Henderson singled against Brewers’ starter Jason Bere to lead off the bottom half. Derek Bell hit a single to advance Henderson to third base and Edgardo Alfonzo flied out to right fielder Jeromy Burnitz. Mike Piazza grounded out to third baseman Charlie Hayes to bring home Henderson for a 1-0 Mets lead. Robin Ventura was walked intentionally and Todd Zeile drew a walk that loaded the bases. Bere then got Jay Payton to hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Mark Loretta for the third out.

Reed hurled a scoreless top of the second. Kurt Abbott hit a single to begin the bottom of the inning. Abbott moved to second base on Reed’s sacrifice bunt and to third on a single by Henderson. Bell singled to drive home Abbott and send Henderson to third. Alfonzo followed with a sacrifice fly that scored Henderson and extended the Mets’ lead to 3-0. Bere then retired Piazza on a grounder to first baseman Kevin Barker to end the inning.

Reed and Bere each pitched scoreless ball from the third inning to the fifth. Rick yielded only a single to Burnitz in the top of the sixth and Payton drew a one-out walk against Bere in the bottom half. Abbott singled and a sacrifice bunt by Reed advanced the runners to second and third base. Henderson was given an intentional walk to load the bases. Milwaukee reliever Jim Bruske then got Bell on a ground ball to Loretta to close out the inning.

Leading off the top of the seventh, Geoff Jenkins homered for the Brewers’ first run of the game. Reed retired the next three batters and Bruske hurled a perfect bottom half. Pinch-hitter James Mouton singled against Reed to open the top of the eighth. Against Mets’ reliever Turk Wendell, Marquis Grissom hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Abbott. Loretta drew a walk and New York’s Dennis Cook got Burnitz on a force play grounder to second baseman Alfonzo. Cook retired Hayes on an inning-ending fly ball to left fielder Henderson. Milwaukee’s David Weathers then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Mets’ reliever Armando Benitez got Jenkins on a fly ball to right fielder Bell to start the top of the ninth. Ronnie Belliard singled and went to second base on defensive indifference. Tyler Houston grounded out to Abbott. Benitez then struck out Barker to end the game. The Mets had a solid victory.