August 16, 1995: Pulsipher and Franco Shut Out Expos

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Date: August 16, 1995
Mets starter: Bill Pulsipher
Mets: 1
Expos: 0
Winning pitcher: Bill Pulsipher
Key player(s): Bill Pulsipher, Chris Jones, John Franco
Key play: Jones’ RBI force play grounder

The Mets faced the Expos on a Wednesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the latter half of a two-game series. Bill Pulsipher and John Franco combined for a shutout in a 1-0 Mets win over Montreal.

Rondell White got a single against Pulsipher to lead off the top of the first inning. With F. P. Santangelo at bat, White got caught in a rundown via Pulsipher’s pickoff throw and was tagged out by second baseman Jeff Kent. Santangelo lined out to shortstop Jose Vizcaino and a single by David Segui followed. Moises Alou was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Damon Buford to end the inning. Montreal starter Carlos Perez then pitched a perfect bottom half.

After scoreless second and third innings, Pulsipher shut down the Expos again in the top of the fourth. Tim Bogar got an infield single to lead off the bottom of the inning. Carl Everett bunted for a single and Kent followed with a force play ground ball to shortstop Cordero that sent Bogar to third base. Chris Jones hit a force play grounder to third baseman Shane Andrews to bring home Bogar for a one-run Mets lead. Perez then struck out Rico Brogna to end the inning.

Pulsipher set down the side in order in the top of the fifth. Perez gave up only a single to Vizcaino in the bottom half and Pulsipher surrendered just a walk to Santangelo in the top of the sixth. The Mets were set down 1-2-3 by Perez once again in the bottom of the inning and Cordero singled to open the top of the seventh. With Lansing at the plate, Cordero was caught stealing second base on catcher Kelly Stinnett’s throw to Vizcaino. Pulsipher got Lansing and Andrews on consecutive infield ground balls for the inning’s final outs. Perez then hurled a perfect bottom half.

Pulsipher gave up only a single to pinch-hitter Sean Berry in the top of the eighth. Expos’ reliever Greg Harris retired the side in order in the bottom of the inning and Segui drew a walk against Franco to begin the top of the ninth. Dave Silvestri hit a force play grounder back to Franco and a fly ball by Cordero was caught by right fielder Everett. Franco then threw a called third strike past Lansing to end the game. The Mets had a shutout victory.