August 18, 1998: Piazza and Harris Give Mets DH Sweep
|Date: August 18, 1998|
|Mets starter: Bobby Jones|
|Winning pitcher: Mel Rojas|
|Key player(s): Mike Piazza, Lenny Harris|
|Key play: Piazza’s double, Harris’s home run|
The Mets faced the Rockies in a doubleheader on a Tuesday evening. After winning the opener of the twinbill at Shea Stadium, the Mets aimed for a sweep in the nightcap. Mike Piazza and Lenny Harris came through with key hits for a come-from-behind 6-3 Mets win over Colorado.
Following a scoreless first inning, Dante Bichette hit a single against Mets’ starter Bobby Jones to lead off the top of the second. Vinny Castilla singled and a single by Todd Helton brought home Bichette. Mike Lansing drew a walk to load the bases and Jeff Reed went down on strikes. John Thomson hit a sacrifice fly to score Castilla for a 2-0 Rockies lead. Jones struck out Curtis Goodwin to end the inning. For Colorado, Thomson gave up only a single to Jorge Fabregas in the bottom half.
Jones retired the side in order in the top of the third. Thomson shut down the Mets in the bottom of the inning and Helton got a one-out single in the top of the fourth. Lansing lined out to first baseman John Olerud for an unassisted double play that ended the inning and Carlos Baerga hit a leadoff double in the bottom half. Baerga moved to third base on a single by Fabregas and came home on Rey Ordonez’s force play ground ball to shortstop Neifi Perez. Jones was struck out and Ordonez went to second on a wild pitch. Harris then grounded back to Thomson for the inning’s final out.
Jones and Thomson each pitched a perfect fifth inning. Larry Walker drew a walk with one out in the top of the sixth. Bichette singled to send Walker to third base and Castilla popped out to Olerud. Helton hit a double to score Walker and increase the Colorado lead to 3-1. Jones retired Lansing on a pop-up to shortstop Ordonez for the third out of the inning. With two outs in the bottom half, Fabregas got his third single of the game and went to third on a double by Ordonez. Thomson then got pinch-hitter Matt Franco to line out to third baseman Castilla and finish off the inning.
Mets’ reliever Mel Rojas set down the side 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh. Olerud got a two-out single against Thomson in the bottom half. Todd Hundley drew a walk against the Rockies’ Chuck McElroy and a single by Brian McRae loaded the bases. Pinch-hitter Piazza delivered a double that drove home Olerud, pinch-runner Jermaine Allensworth and McRae, putting the Mets ahead by a score of 4-3. McElroy then fanned pinch-hitter Luis Lopez to close out the inning.
Walker drew a walk against Rojas with one out in the top of the eighth. Mets’ reliever Turk Wendell got Bichette to fly out to left fielder Allensworth and a single by Castilla ensued. New York’s Dennis Cook retired Helton on ground ball to Olerud for the final out of the inning. In the bottom half, pinch-hitter Tony Phillips got a one-out single against Colorado’s Jerry DiPoto. Harris slugged a two-run homer and Edgardo Alfonzo flied out to center fielder Goodwin. DiPoto then threw a called third strike past Olerud to end the inning.
Mets’ reliever John Franco got Lansing on a called third strike to open the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Terry Shumpert grounded out to Ordonez and a double by pinch-hitter Kurt Abbott followed. John Franco then struck out pinch-hitter Derrick White to bring the game to an end. The Mets had a comeback victory and a doubleheader sweep.