July 30, 2000: Mets Complete Three-Game Sweep of Cards

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Date: July 30, 2000
Mets starter: Bobby Jones
Mets: 4
Cardinals: 2
Winning pitcher: Bobby Jones
Key player(s): Bobby Jones, Benny Agbayani, Bubba Trammell
Key play: Agbayani’s and Trammell’s home runs

The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series in front of 45,733 fans on hand. The Mets finished off a sweep of the series with a 4-2 win.

Mets’ starter Bobby Jones pitched a perfect top of the first inning. Leading off the bottom half, Benny Agbayani hit a home run to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. Cards’ starter Garrett Stephenson set down the next two New York batters and gave up a single to Mike Piazza. A called third strike on Robin Ventura ended the inning. Jones then retired all three St. Louis hitters in the top of the second.

Stephenson walked Todd Zeile to open the bottom of the second inning. Jay Payton followed with a single to left field. Bubba Trammell hit a three-run homer to extend the Mets’ lead to 4-0. Jones flied out to right fielder Eric Davis and a single by Agbayani ensued. Stephenson then threw a called third strike past Mike Bordick and got Edgardo Alfonzo on an inning-ending line drive to left fielder Ray Lankford.

Jones and Stephenson each retired the side in order in the third and fourth innings. In the top of the fifth, Bobby struck out Davis and Lankford before yielding a single to Fernando Tatis. A walk to Eduardo Perez and an error by Jones of Mike Matheny’s ground ball loaded the bases with Redbirds. Bobby closed out the inning by throwing a called third strike past pinch-hitter Thomas Howard. Cardinals’ reliever Mike James then shut down the Mets in the bottom half.

Fernando Vina singled to begin the top of the sixth inning. An ensuing double by Edgar Renteria moved Vina to third base. Jim Edmonds was called out on strikes and Davis grounded out to shortstop Bordick to drive home Vina. Jones retired Lankford on an inning-ending pop-up to Bordick. James then set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Jones retired all three St. Louis batters in the top of the seventh inning. Cards’ reliever Mike Timlin pitched a scoreless bottom half. Bobby hurled another perfect inning in the top of the eighth and the Cards’ Dave Veres recorded two outs to start the bottom of the inning. Ventura hit a single to right field and Zeile drew a walk. Veres then got Payton on a line drive to first baseman Perez for the third out.

Edmonds grounded out to second baseman Alfonzo to lead off the top of the ninth. Davis grounded out to third baseman Ventura and a homer by Lankford followed. Jones then struck out Tatis to end the game. The Mets had a sweep of the National League Central Division leaders.