August 27, 1997: Mets Romp Giants in Izzy's Return
|Date: August 27, 1997|
|Mets starter: Jason Isringhausen|
|Winning pitcher: Jason Isringhausen|
|Key player(s): Brian McRae, Edgardo Alfonzo, Bernard Gilkey|
|Key play: McRae’s triple in 5th, Alfonzo’s two singles in 7th|
The Mets faced the Giants on a Wednesday afternoon at Shea Stadium. After missing nearly five months due to injury and illness, Jason Isringhausen made his first start of the season. Izzy recorded the win as the Mets put on a hitting display for a 15-6 victory over San Francisco.
Following a scoreless first inning, Isringhausen walked J. T. Snow with one out in the top of the second. Stan Javier flied out to left fielder Bernard Gilkey and a triple by Jose Vizcaino scored Snow with the first run of the game. Brian Johnson drew a walk and Kirk Reuter lined out to third baseman Edgardo Alfonzo to end the inning. Reuter pitched a perfect bottom half and the Giants had runners at first and second base with two outs in the top of the third. Snow and Javier got back-to-back singles to drive home Darryl Hamilton and Barry Bonds, respectively. Vizcaino singled to score Snow for the fourth San Francisco run. Isringhausen then struck out Johnson to close out the inning.
Isringhausen got a one-out single in the bottom of the third. Carl Everett hit a double and Alfonzo singled to bring home Isringhausen. A sacrifice fly by Gilkey plated Everett with the Mets’ second run. Reuter retired Butch Huskey on an inning-ending fly ball to right fielder Javier. The Giants loaded the bases on three straight singles to begin the top of the fourth. Bonds drew a walk to force home Reuter and extend the San Francisco lead to 5-2. Jeff Kent hit into a double play on which Hamilton was forced out at home and Snow drew a walk to reload the bases. Isringhausen got Javier on a grounder to second baseman Carlos Baerga for the final out of the inning. Reuter then shut down the Mets in the bottom half.
Isringhausen pitched a scoreless top of the fifth inning. To start the bottom half, Rey Ordonez singled and advanced to third base on a pinch-hit single by Alex Ochoa. Everett flied out to left fielder Bonds and a double by Alfonzo scored Ordonez. Gilkey singled off Giants’ reliever Julian Tavarez to drive home Ochoa and a force play grounder by Huskey plated Alfonzo to tie the game. Huskey stole second and Todd Pratt drew a walk. Brian McRae hit a triple that scored Huskey and Pratt to put the Mets ahead, 7-5. San Francisco’s Rich Rodriguez then came in to pitch and retired Baerga on a fly ball to center fielder Hamilton to end the inning.
Kent singled off Mets’ reliever Yorkis Perez with one out in the top of the sixth. After moving to second base on a wild pitch, Kent scored the Giants’ sixth run on a single by Snow. Reliever Cory Lidle entered the game and got Javier to hit into an inning-ending double play. Rodriguez set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the bottom half. To start the top of the seventh, catcher Pratt threw out Vizcaino on a bunt attempt and Lidle struck out Johnson. Pinch-hitter Mark Lewis singled to right field. Hamilton then hit a grounder to first baseman Huskey for the third out of the inning.
Alfonzo singled off San Francisco reliever Doug Henry to open the bottom of the seventh. Gilkey hit a single that sent Alfonzo to third base and a single by Huskey plated Edgardo. Pratt drew a walk to load the bases and reliever Jim Poole threw a called third strike past McRae. Poole hit pinch-hitter John Olerud with a pitch to force home Gilkey and gave up a single to Ordonez that brought home Huskey. A single by Luis Lopez scored Pratt to stretch the Mets’ lead to 11-6. Everett then hit a grounder back to Poole on which Olerud was forced out at home.
Batting for the second time in the inning, Alfonzo singled to center field for his fourth hit of the game. Ordonez, Lopez and Everett all came home on the hit for a 14-6 Mets lead. Gilkey followed with a double for his fourth hit to drive home Alfonzo. Giants’ reliever Terry Mulholland retired Huskey on an inning-ending fly ball to Hamilton. Mets’ reliever Greg McMichael struck out the side in a scoreless top of the eighth. Mulholland then shut down the Mets in the bottom of the inning.
Mets’ reliever John Franco threw a called third strike past Glenallen Hill to begin the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Rich Aurelia popped out to Pratt. Franco then struck out Doug Mirabelli to end the game. The Mets had triumphed to give Isringhausen his much-awaited first win of the year.