August 9, 1995: Isringhausen Leads Blanking of Phils
|Date: August 9, 1995|
|Mets starter: Jason Isringhausen|
|Winning pitcher: Jason Isringhausen|
|Key player(s): Jason Isringhausen, Carl Everett, Edgardo Alfonzo|
|Key play: Everett's single, Alfonzo's two-run triple|
The Mets faced the Phillies on a Wednesday night in Philadelphia. The teams played the second of three games in a series. Jason Isringhausen pitched eight shutout innings in a 4-0 Mets win over the Phils.
Isringhausen and Phillies' starter Paul Quantrill each yielded only a pair of singles over the first and second innings of the game. Brett Butler hit a double with one out in the top of the third. Butler advanced to third base on Edgardo Alfonzo's ground out to shortstop Kevin Stocker and came home on Carl Everett's single for a 1-0 Mets lead. With Jeff Kent at bat, Everett was caught stealing on catcher Darren Daulton's throw to second baseman Mickey Morandini for the inning's third out. Isringhausen then retired the side in order in the bottom half.
Kent and Rico Brogna got back-to-back singles to begin the top of the fourth. Jose Vizcaino bunted for a single to load the bases and Kelly Stinnett reached on an error by Stocker to drive home Kent. Damon Buford went down on strikes and Isringhausen bunted back to Quantrill for an inning-ending double play. Jason gave up just a single to Jim Eisenreich in the bottom half and Alfonzo tripled with one out in the top of the fifth. Everett was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Andy Van Slyke, who followed up with a throw to Daulton for an out at home on Alfonzo and a double play that finished off the inning. Isringhausen then shut down the Phils in the bottom half.
Quantrill hurled a perfect top of the sixth. Isringhausen retired all three batters in the bottom of the inning and Buford hit a one-out double in the top of the seventh. Isringhausen was called out on strikes and Butler drew a walk. Alfonzo hit his second triple of the game to bring home Buford and Butler with the third and fourth Mets runs. Quantrill got Everett on a ground ball to first baseman Gregg Jefferies to close out the inning. Isringhausen then set down the side 1-2-3 in the bottom half.
Philadelphia reliever Ricky Bottalico pitched a perfect top of the eighth. Isringhausen yielded just a single to Van Slyke in the bottom of the inning and Bottalico retired the side in order again in the top of the ninth. The Mets' Doug Henry got Morandini on a fly ball to right fielder Everett to start the bottom half. Jefferies was retired on a pop-up to third baseman Alfonzo. Henry then struck out pinch-hitter Gary Varsho to bring the game to an end. The Mets had a shutout victory.