July 17, 1998: Nomo and McRae Bury Phils
|Date: July 17, 1998|
|Mets starter: Hideo Nomo|
|Winning pitcher: Hideo Nomo|
|Key player(s): Hideo Nomo, Butch Huskey, Brian McRae|
|Key play: Huskey's single, MaRae's two-run double and homer|
The Mets faced the Phillies on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the second of four games in a series. Hideo Nomo pitched seven shutout innings and Brian McRae drove in three runs in a 6-0 Mets win over Philadelphia.
Nomo set down the side in order in the top of the first. Phils' starter Carlton Loewer gave up only a single to John Olerud in the bottom half and Hideo hurled a scoreless top of the second. Mike Piazza doubled to lead off the bottom of the inning. Piazza advanced to third base after Carlos Baerga's fly out to right fielder Bobby Abreu and scored on a single by Butch Huskey for a 1-0 Mets lead. Rey Ordonez singled and Nomo's sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third. McRae followed with a double that brought home Huskey and Ordonez, increasing the New York lead to three runs. Brian stole third and Loewer got Edgardo Alfonzo on a ground ball to shortstop Desi Relaford to close out the inning.
After scoreless third and fourth innings, Nomo retired all three batters in the top of the fifth. Hideo hit a single against Loewer to begin the bottom half. McRae doubled and Alfonzo grounded out to third baseman Scott Rolen. Olerud was walked intentionally to load the bases and Todd Hundley was hit by a pitch to force home Nomo. A walk to Piazza forced McRae across the plate and extended the Mets' lead to 5-0. Philadelphia reliever Mike Welch (in his major league debut) then got Baerga to hit a grounder to first baseman Rico Brogna for a double play that ended the inning.
Nomo yielded only a single to Gregg Jefferies in the top of the sixth. Welch pitched a perfect bottom half and Hideo retired the side 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh. Leading off the bottom of the inning, McRae homered for the Mets' sixth run of the game. Alfonzo hit a single and Olerud lined out to center fielder Doug Glanville. Welch got Bernard Gilkey on a double play ground ball to shortstop Alex Arias to finish off the inning and New York's Jeff Tam retired the side in order in the top of the eighth. The Phillies' Jerry Spradlin then hurled a perfect bottom half.
Glanville singled against Mets' reliever Mel Rojas to open the top of the ninth. Jefferies popped out to shortstop Ordonez and a strikeout of Rolen ensued. Rojas then got Brogna to ground out to first baseman Olerud and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a shutout victory.