August 14, 1997: Alfonzo Slams Cardinals
|Date: August 14, 1997|
|Mets starter: Bobby Jones|
|Winning pitcher: Bobby Jones|
|Key player(s): Edgardo Alfonzo|
|Key play: Alfonzo's grand slam|
The Mets played the Cardinals on a Thursday night in St. Louis. It was a two-hour and 38-minute game in which the Mets recorded their second win of a three-game series. Edgardo Alfonzo's grand slam propelled the Mets to a 6-2 victory over the Redbirds.
Over the first four innings, Bobby Jones and the Cards' Donovan Osborne allowed a combined three hits while pitching scoreless ball. Todd Pratt's second-inning single was the only Met hit off Osborne and St. Louis got singles from Mark McGwire and Ron Gant off Jones in the bottom half. Each team also had a runner on base in the fourth, but failed to score.
Bernard Gilkey led off the top of the fifth inning with a double against Osborne. Pratt singled Gilkey to third base and Shawn Gilbert popped out to second baseman Delino DeShields. Rey Ordonez got a bunt single on which Gilkey came home with the first run of the game. After Jones struck out, Brian McRae singled to load the bases. Alfonzo followed with a grand slam for a 5-0 Mets lead. Osborne then retired John Olerud for the final out of the inning.
Osborne got a one-out single and stole second base in the bottom of the fifth. DeShields followed with a home run off Jones for two Cardinal runs. Bobby completed the rest of the inning with no further scoring. The Mets then scored in the top of the sixth when Butch Huskey walked and came home on a double by Pratt.
Jones shut down the Redbirds in the sixth and seventh innings. In the eighth, Mets' reliever Turk Wendell issued leadoff walks to Ray Lankford and McGwire before Greg McMichael came in to pitch. McMichael recorded outs on all three batters he faced and kept St. Louis from scoring.
Mel Rojas pitched a perfect bottom of the ninth inning. The Mets had a win to conclude the three-game set at Busch Memorial Stadium. Alfonzo's grand slam was the difference in the game.