July 22, 1998: Nomo Leads Mets to DH Sweep

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Date: July 22, 1998
Mets starter: Hideo Nomo
Mets: 6
Brewers: 1
Winning pitcher: Hideo Nomo
Key player(s): Hideo Nomo, Edgardo Alfonzo, Todd Pratt
Key play: Nomo’s RBI single, Alfonzo’s two-run single, Pratt’s double

The Mets faced the Brewers in a doubleheader on a Wednesday in Milwaukee. After winning the opener of the twinbill, the Mets aimed for a sweep in the nightcap. Hideo Nomo pitched seven solid innings and got a pair of singles in leading the Mets to a 6-1 win.

The Mets failed to score despite six singles (including one by Nomo) against Brewers’ starter Bronswell Patrick over the first three innings. Meanwhile, Hideo yielded only a single to Patrick and set down all other Milwaukee batters. In the top of the fourth, Brian McRae hit a double and advanced to third base on a sacrifice bunt by Rey Ordonez. Nomo singled to drive home McRae and went to second on a single by Lenny Harris. A passed ball by catcher Mike Matheny moved Nomo to third and Harris to second. Edgardo Alfonzo hit a single to score Nomo and Harris for a 3-0 Mets lead. Patrick got Mike Piazza to hit a ground ball to third baseman Jeff Cirillo for an inning-ending double play. Nomo then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Following scoreless fifth and sixth innings, Patrick shut down the Mets again in the top of the seventh. Cirillo led off the bottom half with a single to left field. Dave Nilsson singled to advance Cirillo to third base and Nomo responded with strikeouts of Jose Valentin and Matheny. A single by Darrin Jackson scored Cirillo with the Brewers’ first run of the game. Hideo then fanned pinch-hitter Bob Hamelin to close out the inning.

Bernard Gilkey singled against Milwaukee reliever Mike Myers to lead off the top of the eighth. Carlos Baerga lined out to left fielder Nilsson and a double by McRae sent Gilkey to third base. Ordonez was hit by a pitch to load the bases and pinch-hitter Butch Huskey hit a sacrifice fly to drive home Gilkey. Pinch-hitter Todd Pratt followed with a double that plated McRae and Ordonez with the Mets’ fifth and sixth runs. Alfonzo hit a single on which center fielder Jackson threw to Matheny for an inning-ending out at home on Pratt. Mets’ reliever Dennis Cook then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Brewers’ reliever Doug Jones retired the side in order in the top of the ninth. Cirillo flied out to right fielder Huskey to begin the bottom of the inning. Nilsson grounded out to shortstop Ordonez and an infield single by Valentin ensued. Cook then got Matheny on a pop-up to first baseman John Olerud to end the game. The Mets had a sweep of the doubleheader.