April 23, 1997: Hundley Leads Rout of Reds
|Date: April 23, 1997|
|Mets starter: Mark Clark|
|Winning pitcher: Mark Clark|
|Key player(s): Todd Hundley, John Olerud|
|Key play: Hundley’s home runs, Olerud’s doubles|
Deion Sanders tripled against Mets’ starter Mark Clark to lead off the top of the first inning. Lenny Harris grounded out to shortstop Rey Ordonez to drive home Sanders with the first run of the game. Barry Larkin grounded out to Ordonez and an infield single by Ruben Sierra ensued. Clark then retired Hal Morris on a fly ball to left fielder Bernard Gilkey for the final out of the inning.
Lance Johnson hit a single against Reds’ starter Mike Morgan to begin the bottom of the first. Johnson advanced to second base on Edgardo Alfonzo’s sacrifice bunt and to third on John Olerud’s ground out to second baseman Bret Boone. Hundley hit a home run to give the Mets a 2-1 lead. Morgan struck out Gilkey to end the inning and Clark pitched a perfect top of the second. With one out in the bottom half, Manny Alexander drew a walk and Ordonez singled to right field. Morgan then fanned both Clark and Johnson to close out the inning.
Clark shut down the Reds in the top of the third. To open the bottom half, Alfonzo drew a walk and came around to score on Olerud’s double to center field. Olerud went to third base on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Hundley. Gilkey doubled to drive home Hundley and advanced to third on left fielder Harris’s throw to the plate. Carl Everett hit a single to bring home Gilkey and extend the Mets’ lead to 6-1. Alexander was struck out and Everett stole second. Ordonez was retired on a ground ball to Boone. Morgan then struck out Clark to end the inning.
Clark set down the side in order in the top of the fourth. Cincinnati reliever Stan Belinda issued a walk to Johnson to begin the bottom half. Johnson stole second base and scored on a single by Alfonzo. Belinda retired the next three Mets batters on outfield fly balls and pinch-hitter Pokey Reese hit a one-out double in the top of the fifth. Sanders singled to drive home Reese with the Reds’ second run of the game. Clark got Harris to hit a ground ball to second baseman Alexander for an inning-ending double play. Cincinnati’s Kevin Jarvis then pitched a perfect bottom half.
Despite leadoff singles by Larkin and Sierra, Clark hurled a scoreless top of the sixth inning. With two outs in the bottom half, Alfonzo singled and scored on a double by Olerud. Hundley followed with his second homer of the game to drive home the Mets’ ninth and tenth runs. Jarvis retired Gilkey on a fly ball to Harris for the third out and Clark surrendered only a walk to Boone in the top of the seventh. Reds’ reliever Jeff Brantley then yielded just a single to Alexander in the bottom of the inning.
Mets’ reliever Ricardo Jordan set down the side on three consecutive infield grounders in the top of the eighth. Cincinnati’s Jeff Shaw hit Steve Bieser with a pitch to begin the bottom half. Alfonzo and Olerud followed with back-to-back singles that loaded the bases. Hundley popped out to catcher Ed Taubensee and pinch-hitter Alex Ochoa went down on strikes. Shaw then fanned Everett for the final out of the inning.
To start the top of the ninth, Mets’ reliever John Franco retired Morris on a ground ball to Alexander. Willie Greene went down on strikes. Boone then grounded back to Franco to bring the game to an end. The Mets had a solid victory led by Hundley’s five runs batted in.