June 6, 1998: Jones and Franco Blank Bosox

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Date: June 6, 1998
Mets starter: Bobby Jones
Mets: 1
Red Sox: 0
Winning pitcher: Bobby Jones
Key player(s): Bobby Jones, John Franco, Brian McRae
Key play: Wakefield’s balk

The Mets faced the Red Sox on a Saturday afternoon in Boston. The teams played the second of three games in an interleague series. Bobby Jones and John Franco combined for a shutout in a 1-0 Mets win.

Jones and Red Sox starter Tim Wakefield each pitched scoreless ball from the first inning to the fifth. Bobby yielded three singles and two walks while the Mets got only a single from Edgardo Alfonzo and two baserunners on infield errors against Wakefield. Brian McRae drew a walk to open the top of the sixth. Bernard Gilkey went down on strikes and McRae stole second base. John Olerud grounded out to first baseman Mo Vaughn to send McRae to third. With Butch Huskey at bat, Wakefield committed a balk to bring home McRae for a one-run Mets lead. Huskey was retired on a ground ball to shortstop Nomar Garciaparra to end the inning. Jones then hurled a perfect bottom half.

Wakefield and Jones each pitched scoreless and hitless seventh and eighth innings. Boston reliever Tom Gordon gave up just a single to Olerud in the top of the ninth. Franco got pinch-hitter Damon Buford on a grounder to third baseman Alfonzo to begin the bottom half. Garciaparra was called out on strikes and Vaughn singled to center field. Franco then fanned Troy O’Leary for the final out of the game. The Mets had a victory in a battle of solid pitching.