May 1, 1996: Mets Shut Out Expos for DH Split

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Date: May 1, 1996
Mets starter: Jason Isringhausen
Mets: 6
Expos: 0
Winning pitcher: Jason Isringhausen
Key player(s): Jason Isringhausen, Lance Johnson, Butch Huskey
Key play: Mets’ four runs in 1st

The Mets and Expos played a doubleheader on a Wednesday evening at Shea Stadium. After losing the opener, the Mets were in search of a split of the twinbill. Jason Isringhausen and Rob MacDonald combined to pitch a shutout in a 6-0 Mets win over Montreal.

Isringhausen retired the side in order in the top of the first inning. Leading off the bottom half, Lance Johnson reached on an error by shortstop Mark Grudzielanek. Expos’ starter Tavo Alvarez followed up by striking out Jose Vizcaino. Johnson stole second base and Bernard Gilkey drew a walk. An ensuing base on balls to Kevin Roberson loaded the bases. Butch Huskey singled to drive home Johnson for the first run of the game. Brent Mayne hit a single to score Gilkey and a ground out by Jeff Kent brought home Roberson with the third New York run. Alvarez issued an intentional walk to Edgardo Alfonzo that refilled the bases. Isringhausen drew a walk to force home Huskey and stretch the Mets’ lead to 4-0. Montreal reliever Barry Manuel then came in to pitch and retired Johnson on an inning-ending grounder to first baseman David Segui.

In the top of the second, Isringhausen limited the Expos to a single by Cliff Floyd. Vizcaino drew a walk and stole second base to open the bottom of the inning. Jose advanced to third on Gilkey’s fly out to center fielder Floyd and came home on a sacrifice fly by Roberson. Manuel got Huskey on a fly ball to Floyd for the third out. With one out in the top of the third, Grudzielanek got an infield singled and moved to second on an error by Isringhausen. Mike Lansing drew a walk and Henry Rodriguez lined out to left fielder Gilkey. Isringhausen retired Moises Alou on a liner to Gilkey to end the inning. Manuel then held the Mets to a leadoff double by Mayne in the bottom half.

Isringhausen and the Expos’ Omar Daal each pitched scoreless ball in the fourth and fifth innings. In the sixth and seventh, Jason retired all six batters while Montreal reliever Dave Veres answered with a pair of scoreless bottom halves. Isringhausen set down the side 1-2-3 again in the top of the eighth. Alfonzo singled against Expos’ reliever Mel Rojas to start the bottom of the inning. Pinch-hitter Carl Everett went down on strikes and Johnson tripled to score Alfonzo for the Mets’ sixth run of the game. Rojas then fanned Vizcaino and Gilkey for the inning’s final two outs.

In relief of Isringhausen, MacDonald retired Segui on a ground ball to shortstop Alfonzo to begin the top of the ninth inning. Floyd also grounded out to Alfonzo. MacDonald then struck out Sherman Obando to finish off the game. The Mets had a shutout for a split of the twi-night doubleheader.