April 22, 1997: Mets Double-Up Reds
|Date: April 22, 1997|
|Mets starter: Rick Reed|
|Winning pitcher: Rick Reed|
|Key player(s): Rick Reed, Edgardo Alfonzo, Rey Ordonez, Manny Alexander|
|Key play: Mets’ doubles, Alexander’s RBI single|
The Mets faced the Reds on a Tuesday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a two-game series. The Mets hit five doubles in a 7-2 win over Cincinnati.
Mets’ starter Rick Reed pitched a perfect top of the first inning. The Reds’ John Smiley hurled a scoreless bottom half and Reed yielded a pair of singles, but no runs in the top of the second. Manny Alexander singled with one out in the bottom of the inning. Rey Ordonez doubled to score Alexander and came home on a double by Reed for a 2-0 Mets lead. Lance Johnson was retired on a line drive to left fielder Eduardo Perez. Edgardo Alfonzo then grounded back to Smiley for the inning’s third out.
Reed set down the side in order in the top of the third. Smiley retired all three batters in the bottom half and Rick pitched a scoreless top of the fourth. Ordonez got a two-out single in the bottom of the inning. Reed reached on an error by shortstop Barry Larkin and a walk to Johnson loaded the bases. Alfonzo doubled to drive home Ordonez, Reed and Johnson for a 5-0 Mets lead. Smiley then retired John Olerud on a fly ball to Perez that ended the inning.
Willie Greene hit a home run to lead off the top of the fifth. Reed set down the next three Cincinnati batters on infield ground balls to close out the inning and Bernard Gilkey singled to open the bottom half. Todd Hundley hit a double and Smiley was replaced on the mound by Reds’ reliever Ricky Bones. Alex Ochoa hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Gilkey and extend the Mets’ lead to 6-1. Alexander went down on strikes and Ordonez grounded out to Larkin to finish off the inning. Reed yielded just a single to Larkin in the top of the sixth. Bones then retired the side 1-2-3 in the bottom half.
Reed hurled a perfect top of the seventh. Olerud hit the Mets’ fifth double to begin the bottom of the inning. Gilkey drew a walk and Hundley popped out to third baseman Greene. Ochoa hit a force play grounder to Bones and a single by Alexander plated Olerud, increasing the Mets’ lead to 7-1. Bones got Ordonez on a ground ball to Greene to end the inning and Reed gave up only a double to Brook Fordyce in the top of the eighth. Cincinnati reliever Hector Carrasco then yielded just a single to Johnson in the bottom half.
Lenny Harris was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Johnson to begin the top of the ninth. Larkin lined out to right fielder Ochoa and a double by Ruben Sierra followed. Hal Morris singled to bring home Sierra with the Reds’ second run. Reed then got Perez to ground out to second baseman Alexander and end the game. The Mets had a victory to start the two-game set.