August 1, 2000: Solid Pitching Stifles Reds

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Date: August 1, 2000
Mets starter: Mike Hampton
Mets: 3
Reds: 2
Winning pitcher: Mike Hampton
Key player(s): Mike Bordick, Mike Hampton, John Franco
Key play: Bordick’s RBI single, Franco’s strikeout of Santiago

The Mets faced the Reds on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played in front of 39,572 fans on hand. Mike Hampton and two relievers provided solid pitching in a 3-2 Mets win over Cincinnati.

Hampton shut down the Reds in the top of the first inning. Edgardo Alfonzo singled against Cincinnati starter Steve Parris with two outs in the bottom half. Mike Piazza drew a walk and Robin Ventura hit a single to drive home Alfonzo. Parris retired Todd Zeile on a fly ball to right fielder Dante Bichette for the third out and Hampton hurled a perfect top of the second. To begin the bottom of the inning, Bubba Trammell singled and advanced to third base on a single by Mike Bordick. Hampton followed with a sacrifice fly that scored Trammell for a 2-0 Mets lead. Jay Payton flied out to center fielder Ken Griffey, Jr. With Derek Bell at bat, Bordick was caught stealing on catcher Benito Santiago’s throw to second baseman Pokey Reese to end the inning.

Hampton and Parris each pitched scoreless ball from the third inning to the fifth. Barry Larkin singled to open the top of the sixth. Griffey hit a double play ground ball to second baseman Alfonzo and a single by Bichette ensued. Sean Casey hit an inning-ending force play grounder to first baseman Todd Zeile, who walked with two outs in the bottom half. Trammell drew a walk and Bordick singled to score Zeile with the Mets’ third run of the game. Parris then got Hampton to fly out to Griffey and finish off the inning.

Hampton yielded only a single by Alex Ochoa in the top of the seventh. Cincinnati reliever Scott Sullivan hurled a scoreless bottom half and Chris Stynes led off the top of the eighth with a single against Hampton. Larkin doubled to drive home Stynes and advanced to third base on Griffey’s ground out to Zeile. Bichette tripled off the Mets’ Turk Wendell to score Larkin with the Reds’ second run. New York’s John Franco got Casey to ground out to Zeile and hold Bichette at third. Ochoa walked and stole second base. Franco threw a called third strike past Santiago for the inning’s final out. Sullivan then shut down the Mets in the bottom half.

Mets’ reliever Armando Benitez retired Reese on a pop-up to shortstop Bordick to begin the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Michael Tucker flied out to center fielder Payton. Benitez then got Stynes to ground out to Bordick and end the game. The Mets had a victory to start the month of August.