April 28, 1997: Mets Blast Reds with 17 Hits

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Date: April 28, 1997
Mets starter: Rick Reed
Mets: 15
Reds: 2
Winning pitcher: Rick Reed
Key player(s): Rick Reed, Todd Hundley, Butch Huskey, Bernard Gilkey
Key play: Mets' 5 runs in 3rd, Hundley's & Huskey's homers in 5th

The Mets played the Reds on a Monday night in Cincinnati. In two different innings of the game, the Mets sent at least nine batters to the plate. The team finished with a total of 17 hits for a 15-2 win.

The Mets got their first run in the second inning. Todd Hundley led off with a walk and Butch Huskey followed with a double to bring him home. In the bottom half, Mets' starter Rick Reed shut down the Reds despite giving up a walk and a single.

Reed started the top of the third inning by drawing a walk from Cincinnati starter John Smiley. Lance Johnson singled to left field and a passed ball by Reds' catcher Ed Taubensee put runners on second and third. A single by Edgardo Alfonzo scored Reed with the Mets' second run of the game. Bernard Gilkey hit a single to bring home Johnson before Hundley was hit by a pitch to load the bases.

Smiley struck out Huskey for the first out of the inning. Alex Ochoa's infield grounder scored Alfonzo with another run. Manny Alexander then singled to score Gilkey and Hundley for a 6-0 Mets lead. Smiley was then replaced by Cincinnati reliever Stan Belinda, who struck out Rey Ordonez to end the inning.

Following a scoreless fourth inning, Gilkey led off the top of the fifth with a single off Ricky Bones. Hundley then hit a two-run homer and Huskey also homered to increase the New York lead to nine runs. After two outs, Ordonez tripled and came home on a double by Reed. Bones was then removed from the mound as Joey Eischen came in to pitch for the Reds.

Johnson greeted Eischen with a double to bring home Reed with the Mets' eleventh run of the game. After Eischen's wild pitch and walk to Alfonzo, Gilkey hit a double that scored Johnson. Taubensee's second passed ball of the game then brought Alfonzo home from third base. When the inning was over, the Mets had a 13-0 lead.

In the top of the seventh inning, Steve Bieser hit a double off Cincinnati's Hector Carrasco to score Matt Franco with yet another Mets run. For the Reds, Curtis Goodwin doubled off Reed to bring home Bret Boone in the bottom half. Reed then pitched a perfect eighth inning for New York.

In the ninth, the Mets scored again when Franco singled home Alexander. Bieser got a single later in the inning for the seventeenth Met hit of the game. Reliever Toby Borland then retired three straight Reds hitters after giving up a home run to Ruben Sierra in the bottom of the inning. The Mets had an easy victory.