April 6, 1997: Three Runs in 1st Beat Giants

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Date: April 6, 1997
Mets starter: Brian Bohanon
Mets: 4
Giants: 2
Winning pitcher: Brian Bohanon
Key player(s): Brian Bohanon, Bernard Gilkey, Carlos Baerga, Butch Huskey
Key play: Gilkey’s and Baerga’s RBi singles, Huskey’s sacrifice fly

The Mets faced the Giants on a Sunday afternoon in San Francisco. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets scored three runs in the first inning and came away with a 4-2 win.

Lance Johnson drew a walk against Giants’ starter Mark Gardner to open the top of the first. Johnson advanced to third base on John Olerud’s single and came home on a single by Bernard Gilkey. Todd Hundley singled to load the bases and Carl Everett flied out to left fielder Barry Bonds. Carlos Baerga got a single to score Olerud and a sacrifice fly by Butch Huskey brought home Gilkey with the Mets’ third run. Gardner then got Rey Ordonez to hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Jose Vizcaino to end the inning.

Stan Javier singled against Mets’ starter Brian Bohanon to lead off the bottom of the first. Javier stole second base and moved to third on Vizcaino’s ground out to second baseman Baerga. Glenallen Hill followed with a single to drive home Javier and reduce the Mets’ lead to 3-1. Bonds went down on strikes and Jeff Kent hit a double. Bohanon then retired J. T. Snow on a line drive to third baseman Huskey for the inning’s third out.

Bohanon and Gardner each pitched scoreless ball from the second inning to the seventh. Brian gave up just a single to Hill while the Mets were limited to four scattered singles by Gardner. San Francisco reliever Rich Rodriguez surrendered only a walk to Olerud in the top of the eighth. Rick Wilkins drew a walk against Bohanon to begin the bottom half. Pinch-hitter Damon Berryhill doubled against Mets’ reliever Greg McMichael to score Wilkins and cut the New York lead to 3-2. On his own hit, Berryhill was out via a relay throw by shortstop Ordonez to Huskey. Javier was retired on a grounder to first baseman Olerud. McMichael then got Vizcaino to ground out to Baerga and finish off the inning.

Ordonez got a two-out single against Giants’ reliever Rich DeLucia in the top of the ninth. With Alex Ochoa at bat, Rey went to second base on a wild pitch and to third via an error by catcher Wilkins. Ochoa doubled to bring home Ordonez with the Mets’ fourth run of the game. Johnson got an infield single against San Francisco’s Jim Poole. Trying to score on the play, Ochoa was out via a throw by Poole to Wilkins to end the inning. Hill hit a double against Mets’ reliever John Franco to begin the bottom half. Bonds drew a walk and Kent was struck out. Franco then got Snow on a ground ball to third baseman Edgardo Alfonzo for a game-ending double play. The Mets had a victory to close out the series.