July 24, 1998: Mets Complete DH Sweep of Cubs

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Date: July 24, 1998
Mets starter: Bobby J. Jones
Mets: 7
Cubs: 3
Winning pitcher: Dennis Cook
Key player(s): Carlos Baerga, Mike Piazza, Lenny Harris
Key play: Baerga’s double, Piazza’s single, Harris’s single

The Mets and Cubs faced each other in a doubleheader on a Friday afternoon. After winning the opener of the twinbill at Chicago’s Wrigley Field, the Mets were in search of a sweep in the second game. Coming from behind in the late innings, the Mets emerged with a 7-3 win.

Cubs’ starter Don Wengert retired the side in order in the top of the first. Sammy Sosa singled against the Mets’ Bobby Jones with two outs in the bottom half. Mark Grace hit a single to right field and single by Tyler Houston scored Sosa for a 1-0 Chicago lead. Jones got Glenallen Hill on a fly ball to center fielder Brian McRae that ended the inning. Wengert held the Mets to a single by Matt Franco in the top of the second. Jones then hurled a perfect bottom half.

Wengert and Jones each pitched scoreless ball from the third inning to the fifth. Mike Piazza hit a double with two outs in the top of the sixth. Franco drew a walk and Terry Mulholland came in to pitch for the Cubs. Carlos Baerga greeted Mulholland with a double that drove home Piazza and Franco, giving the Mets a 2-1 lead. Lenny Harris grounded out to first baseman Grace to end the inning and Jones struck out the side in a scoreless bottom half. Mulholland then yielded only a single to Luis Lopez in the top of the seventh.

Leading off the bottom of the seventh inning, Hill homered to tie the game. Kevin Orie hit a double and advanced to third base on Manny Alexander’s sacrifice bunt. Jones threw a called third strike past Jeff Blauser. A single by Lance Johnson against Mets’ reliever Dennis Cook scored Orie for a 3-2 Chicago lead. Mickey Morandini followed with a single to center field. On the play, Johnson was out via a throw by McRae to third baseman Edgardo Alfonzo to finish off the inning.

Butch Huskey doubled against Cubs’ reliever Terry Adams with one out in the top of the eighth. Piazza singled to bring home Huskey with the tying run and a walk to Franco ensued. Baerga hit a force play ground ball to Grace that moved Piazza to third base. Mike came home on a single by Harris that put the Mets ahead, 4-3. Adams retired Lopez on an inning-ending line drive to center fielder Johnson. For New York, reliever Mel Rojas pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Pinch-hitter John Olerud hit a double against Chicago reliever Dave Stevens to lead off the top of the ninth inning. McRae grounded out to second baseman Morandini and an intentional walk to Alfonzo followed. Huskey went down on strikes and Piazza was walked intentionally to load the bases. Pinch-hitter Todd Pratt drew a walk against the Cubs’ Tony Fossas to force home pinch-runner Bernard Gilkey. Baerga singled to score Alfonzo and Piazza for the Mets’ sixth and seventh runs of the game. Fossas then got Harris on a pop-up to third baseman Orie for the inning’s final out.

Mets’ reliever Greg McMichael struck out Hill to begin the bottom of the ninth. Orie was retired on a grounder back to McMichael. Greg then got Alexander to line out to shortstop Lopez and end the game. The Mets had a comeback victory and a doubleheader sweep.