July 18, 1998: Piazza Homers Twice in Shutout
|Date: July 18, 1998|
|Mets starter: Al Leiter|
|Winning pitcher: Al Leiter|
|Key player(s): Mike Piazza, Rey Ordonez|
|Key play: Piazza's home runs|
The Mets and Phillies played on a Saturday afternoon. The Shea Stadium crowd witnessed a three-man shutout pitched by the home team. Mike Piazza highlighted the day with two home runs as the Mets defeated the Phils, 7-0.
In the first inning, Lenny Harris doubled with one out off Philadelphia starter Tyler Green. Harris moved to third base on a ground out and Piazza followed with a home run to give the Mets a 2-0 lead. The Mets added another run on Rey Ordonez's sacrifice fly that scored Todd Hundley in the bottom of the fourth.
Mets' starter Al Leiter shut down the Phillies for six innings. Leiter allowed only two hits while striking out four batters. Al also got the Phils' Mark Lewis for two double play ground balls, each one coming after a walk.
Piazza hit his second homer of the game to lead off the bottom of the sixth. Green was then replaced by Yorkis Perez, who completed the inning for Philadelphia. For the Mets, Greg McMichael pitched two innings of one-hit relief before consecutive RBI doubles by Carlos Baerga, Ordonez, and Edgardo Alfonzo off the Phils' Ricky Bottalico brought home three more runs in the bottom of the eighth.
Dennis Cook retired the Phillies in order in the top of the ninth. The Mets had a combined three-hit shutout victory with Piazza's slugging to lead an offensive charge.