July 6, 1999: Mets Trounce Expos With 13 Hits
|Date: July 6, 1999|
|Mets starter: Orel Hershiser|
|Winning pitcher: Orel Hershiser|
|Key player(s): Orel Hershiser, Brian McRae, Edgardo Alfonzo, Matt Franco|
|Key play: McRae's home run, Alfonzo's double, Franco's sacrifice fly and single|
The Mets and Expos faced each other on a Tuesday evening. The teams played the second of four games in a series at Shea Stadium. The Mets got a total of thirteen hits in a 10-0 win over Montreal.
Mets' starter Orel Hershiser pitched a perfect top of the first inning. With one out in the bottom half, Edgardo Alfonzo and John Olerud got back-to-back singles against the Expos' Carl Pavano. Ensuing singles by Mike Piazza and Robin Ventura drove home Alfonzo and Olerud, respectively, with the first two runs of the game. Brian McRae reached on an error by second baseman Jose Vidro to score Piazza for a 3-0 Mets lead. Pavano then threw a called third strike past Roger Cedeno and got Rey Ordonez on an inning-ending line drive to third baseman Jose Fernandez.
Following a scoreless second, Hershiser set down all three Montreal batters in the top of the third. Ventura got a one-out single in the bottom of the inning. McRae followed with a two-run homer and Pavano got Cedeno and Ordonez on consecutive ground balls to shortstop Orlando Cabrera for the inning's final outs. Hershiser and Pavano hurled scoreless fourth and fifth innings and Mets' reliever Greg McMichael struck out two batters in a perfect top of the sixth. To begin the bottom half, McRae and Cedeno got back-to-back singles against Pavano. Ordonez followed with a walk against the Expos' Miguel Batista to load the bases. Pinch-hitter Matt Franco hit a sacrifice fly to drive home McRae with the Mets' sixth run and Rickey Henderson grounded out to first baseman Fernando Seguignol. Alfonzo doubled to bring home Cedeno and Ordonez, increasing the Mets' lead to 8-0. Batista then retired Olerud on a grounder to Vidro that closed out the inning.
Mets' reliever Jason Isringhausen set down the side 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh. Batista yielded only a single to pinch-hitter Melvin Mora in the bottom half and Isringhausen hurled a scoreless top of the eighth. Cedeno doubled against Montreal's Ugueth Urbina to lead off the bottom of the inning. Ordonez reached on Fernandez's error to advance Cedeno to third base. Franco singled to score Cedeno and send Ordonez to second. Henderson followed with a single that plated Ordonez with the Mets' tenth run of the game. Urbina then recorded strikeouts of pinch-hitter Luis Lopez and Isringhausen and got Todd Pratt to ground out to shortstop Mike Mordecai and end the inning.
Fernandez hit a double to open the top of the ninth. Ryan McGuire went down on strikes and Vidro flied out to left fielder Henderson. Isringhausen then got Robert Machado to pop out to first baseman Franco and end the game. The Mets had a shutout victory with a thirteen-hit attack.
- The save for Isringhausen was the first of his major league career.