July 17, 1996: Mets Complete Sweep of Phillies

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Date: July 17, 1996
Mets starter: Bobby Jones
Mets: 3
Phillies: 2
Winning pitcher: Dave Mlicki
Key player(s): Todd Hundley, Lance Johnson, Butch Huskey
Key play: Hundley’s home run, Johnson’s single, Huskey’s sacrifice fly

The Mets and Phillies played on a Wednesday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams concluded a three-game series in front of 29,459 fans on hand. The Mets came out with a 3-2 win over Philadelphia to finish off a sweep of the series.

After a scoreless first inning, Benito Santiago led off the top of the second with a single to center field. Mets’ starter Bobby Jones struck out Pete Incaviglia and J. R. Phillips. A double by Kevin Stocker scored Santiago with the first run of the game. Jones retired Terry Mulholland on an inning-ending ground ball to third baseman Edgardo Alfonzo. The Mets then failed to score against Phils’ starter Mulholland in the bottom half.

Jones and Mulholland each pitched scoreless ball in the third inning. In the top of the fourth, Phillips hit a two-out double to right field. Stocker followed with a single that brought home Phillips and increased the Phillies’ lead to 2-0. Mulholland singled and Jones got Ricky Otero to hit into a force play and end the inning. Bernard Gilkey hit a single to open the bottom half. Mulholland then retired the next three Met batters.

Neither team scored a run in the fifth and sixth innings. Jones set down all six Philadelphia hitters and Mulholland gave up a double to Bobby, but nothing else. Stocker singled for his third hit of the game to begin the top of the seventh. Mulholland’s sacrifice bunt moved Stocker to second base. Jones then retired Otero and Mickey Morandini for the final outs of the inning.

In the bottom of the seventh, Todd Hundley led off with a home run. Mulholland got Alex Ochoa to fly out to right fielder Phillips and struck out Alfonzo. Rey Ordonez reached second base on an error by Mulholland. Pinch-hitter Carl Everett was hit by a pitch and a single by Lance Johnson scored Ordonez to tie the game. Phils’ reliever Ken Ryan then retired Jose Vizcaino on a fly ball to left fielder Incaviglia for the third out of the inning.

Mets’ reliever Dave Mlicki struck out Santiago and Incaviglia to end a scoreless top of the eighth inning. To lead off the bottom half, Bernard Gilkey singled and went to second on Butch Huskey’s ground out to shortstop Stocker. Hundley was walked intentionally and Ochoa singled to load the bases. Ryan struck out Alfonzo and Ordonez to close out the inning. Mlicki then pitched a perfect top of the ninth.

Chris Jones started the bottom of the ninth inning with a pinch-hit single off Philadelphia reliever Steve Frey. Johnson’s sacrifice bunt advanced Jones to second base. Vizcaino reached on Phillips’ error and Gilkey was walked intentionally to load the bases. Against reliever Toby Borland, Huskey hit a sacrifice fly to score Jones with the winning run. The Mets had a sweep of the three-game series.