July 27, 2000: Mets Complete DH Sweep of Expos

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Date: July 27, 2000
Mets starter: Mike Hampton
Mets: 4
Expos: 3
Winning pitcher: Mike Hampton
Key player(s): Jay Payton, Lenny Harris, Mike Hampton
Key play: Payton’s double, Harris’s home run

The Mets and Expos faced each other in a doubleheader on a Thursday afternoon. After coming from behind to win the opener of the twinbill at Shea Stadium, the Mets looked for a sweep in the second game. Mike Hampton pitched a complete game as the Mets defeated Montreal, 4-3.

Following a scoreless first inning, Fernando Seguignol singled to lead off the top of the second. Mike Mordecai hit a single and Michael Barrett followed with a force play ground ball to third baseman Lenny Harris. Lenny Webster reached on an error by Harris to drive home Seguignol. Hideki Irabu reached on shortstop Kurt Abbott’s error that allowed Barrett to score the Expos’ second run. Hampton then got Milton Bradley on a ground ball to Abbott for a double play that ended the inning.

Todd Zeile and Benny Agbayani got back-to-back singles against Irabu with one out in the bottom of the second. Jay Payton doubled to drive home Zeile and Agbayani. On his own hit, Payton came around to score via an error by shortstop Mordecai for a 3-2 Mets lead. Abbott was retired on a foul pop-up to catcher Webster. Irabu then got Hampton on a grounder to Mordecai for the inning’s final out.

Hampton and Irabu each pitched scoreless ball in the third and fourth. Mike yielded only a single to Wilton Guerrero in the top of the fifth. Irabu fanned both Abbott and Hampton to begin the bottom of the inning. Harris homered for the Mets’ fourth run and Joe McEwing was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Vladimir Guerrero for the third out. Seguinol homered with one out in the top of the sixth for the third Montreal run of the game. Mordecai reached on Harris’s error and Barrett grounded to second baseman Edgardo Alfonzo for an inning-ending double play. Irabu then gave up just a single to Zeile in the bottom half.

Hampton shut down the Expos in the top of the seventh. Mike got a single against Expos’ reliever Julio Santana with two outs in the bottom of the inning. Harris singled to advance Hampton to third base and McEwing was fanned for the inning’s final out. Hampton retired the Expos in order in the top of the eighth. Santana then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Mordecai hit a leadoff single in the top of the ninth inning. Barrett and pinch-hitter Andy Tracy followed with consecutive force play ground balls to Alfonzo. Pinch-hitter Geoff Blum singled to left field. Hampton then got Bradley on a grounder back to the mound to end the game. The Mets had a victory and a sweep of the doubleheader.