April 4, 2003: Cone Returns with a Win
|Date: April 4, 2003|
|Mets starter: David Cone|
|Winning pitcher: David Cone|
|Key player(s): David Cone, Vance Wilson, Mo Vaughn|
|Key play: Wilson's double in 4th|
On a cold Friday night, David Cone took the mound for the Mets against the Montreal Expos. It was David's first appearance in a Mets' uniform in his return to the team after being traded in 1992. Cone pitched five shutout innings, allowing only two hits and striking out five batters as the Mets came away with a 4-0 win.
Expos' starting pitcher Tomo Ohka got the only two hits off Cone. Ohka's first hit was a single with two out in the third inning off which Montreal loaded the bases. David then struck out Vladimir Guerrero to end the inning.
In the bottom of the fourth, Mo Vaughn singled and Ty Wigginton doubled with one out off Ohka. Jeromy Burnitz struck out and Vance Wilson hit a double to score Vaughn and Wigginton, giving the Mets a 2-0 lead. Vaughn then got a two-out single in the fifth to bring home Joe McEwing for another Mets' run.
In the sixth, reliever David Weathers gave up a leadoff single to Guerrero and struck out the next three Expos' batters. Weathers also fanned Fernando Tatis to start a 1-2-3 seventh inning. Mike Stanton then pitched a scoreless eighth and Vaughn homered in the bottom of the inning for the Mets' fourth run of the game.
Armando Benitez completed the Mets' four-man shutout in the ninth. Following a leadoff double by Orlando Cabrera, Benitez struck out three straight Montreal hitters to nail it down. The Mets and Cone had a victory in David's first game in orange and blue in nearly eleven years.