June 16, 1998: Leiter Shuts Out Expos
|Date: June 16, 1998|
|Mets starter: Al Leiter|
|Winning pitcher: Al Leiter|
|Key player(s): Al Leiter, Butch Huskey, Rey Ordonez|
|Key play: Huskey's single in 6th, Ordonez's single in 8th|
The Mets and Expos began a three-game series on a Tuesday night in Montreal. Al Leiter pitched a complete game and recorded his second shutout of the season. The Mets came out with a 2-0 win.
Leiter retired the Expos in order in each of the first three innings. He gave up three singles in the fourth and fifth, but ended each inning with a double play ground ball. Meanwhile, Expos' starter Dustin Hermanson pitched five innings of shutout ball with his only hit allowed being Carlos Baerga's single in the top of the second.
Mike Piazza singled off Hermanson with one out in the top of the sixth inning. John Olerud reached on an error and Baerga walked to load the bases. Butch Huskey hit an infield single to score Piazza for a 1-0 Mets lead. Hermanson retired the next two batters and Leiter shut down Montreal without a hit in the bottom of the inning.
Expos' reliever Anthony Telford pitched a scoreless top of the seventh. Rondell White got a one-out single off Leiter in the bottom half. On an attempted steal, White was thrown out at second base by catcher Piazza. Leiter then retired Chris Widger on a grounder to second baseman Baerga for the third out.
In the top of the eighth inning, Olerud doubled off Montreal's Steve Kline. Baerga flied out and Huskey was walked intentionally. Rey Ordonez singled to bring home Olerud with the Mets' second run. Kline retired Leiter to end the inning and Al pitched a scoreless bottom half amid a double by Shane Andrews.
The Mets were held scoreless by the Expos' Marc Valdes in the top of the ninth inning. Leiter began the bottom half by getting F. P. Santangelo to line out to left fielder Luis Lopez. After Robert Perez reached base on shortstop Ordonez's error, Al struck out Vladimir Guerrero. Leiter then got White on a fly ball to right fielder Wayne Kirby to end the game. The Mets had a victory on Leiter's five-hit shutout.