July 11, 1998: Eleven-Hit Attack Buries Expos

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Date: July 11, 1998
Mets starter: Rick Reed
Mets: 8
Expos: 4
Winning pitcher: Rick Reed
Key player(s): John Olerud, Mike Piazza, Brian McRae
Key play: Mets’ home runs, Piazza’s double

The Mets faced the Expos on a Saturday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the third of four games in a weekend series. The Mets collected eleven hits in an 8-4 win over Montreal.

Mets’ starter Rick Reed retired the side in order in the top of the first inning. With one out in the bottom half, John Olerud homered against the Expos’ Carl Pavano for the first run of the game. Mike Piazza drew a walk and Todd Hundley hit a single to center field. Bernard Gilkey grounded out to shortstop Mark Grudzielanek to advance the runners to second and third base. Carlos Baerga singled to score Piazza for a 2-0 Mets lead. Pavano then got Brian McRae on a ground ball to first baseman Brad Fullmer for the inning’s third out.

Reed gave up just a single to Rondell White in the top of the second. With two outs in the bottom of the inning, Edgardo Alfonzo singled and moved to second base on an error by right fielder Vladimir Guerrero. Olerud hit a single to bring home Alfonzo and increase the Mets’ lead to three runs. Piazza popped out to second baseman Orlando Cabrera to end the inning and Reed pitched a scoreless top of the third. Pavano then yielded only a single to Gilkey in the bottom half.

Cabrera doubled to lead off the top of the fourth. Ryan McGuire grounded out to second baseman Baerga and a single by Guerrero brought home Cabrera. Fullmer singled and went to third base on a single by White that scored Guerrero. Grudzielanek followed with a sacrifice fly to score Fullmer and tie the game at 3-3. On the play, White was out on center fielder McRae’s throw to first baseman Olerud to finish off the inning. Pavano then shut down the Mets in the bottom half.

Reed pitched a perfect top of the fifth. Olerud hit a single to begin the bottom of the inning. Piazza doubled to drive home Olerud and put the Mets ahead by a run. Mike advanced to third base on Hundley’s ground out to Cabrera and scored on Gilkey’s sacrifice fly for a 5-3 New York lead. Pavano retired Baerga on a grounder to Fullmer that ended the inning and McGuire got a one-out single in the top of the sixth. Guerrero popped out to Baerga and a single by Fullmer ensued. Reed got White to hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Rey Ordonez and end the inning. Montreal reliever Miguel Batista then set down the side 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Reed shut down the Expos in the top of the seventh. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Olerud slugged his second homer for the Mets’ sixth run of the game. Batista retired Piazza on a grounder to Cabrera and fanned Hundley to close out the inning. Reed surrendered only a double to McGuire in the top of the eighth and Baerga singled against Montreal reliever Mike Maddux with one out in the bottom half. McRae followed with a two-run homer to extend the Mets’ lead to 8-3. Maddux then got Ordonez to pop out to third baseman Shane Andrews and struck out Reed to end the inning.

With one out in the top of the ninth, White homered against Reed for the Expos’ fourth run. Grudzielanek singled and Greg McMichael came in to pitch for the Mets. Andrews hit a force play ground ball to Ordonez and moved to second base on a balk. McMichael then retired Chris Widger on a fly ball to left fielder Gilkey for the game’s final out. The Mets had a solid victory.