May 10, 1996: Jones and Franco Blank Cubs

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Date: May 10, 1996
Mets starter: Bobby Jones
Mets: 2
Cubs: 0
Winning pitcher: Bobby Jones
Key player(s): Bobby Jones, John Franco, Butch Huskey, Carl Everett
Key play: Huskey’s home run, Everett’s double

The Mets faced the Cubs on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a three-game weekend series. Bobby Jones and John Franco teamed up for a shutout in a 2-0 Mets win over Chicago.

Bobby Jones and the Cubs’ Frank Castillo each pitched two perfect innings to start the game. Bobby retired the side in order again in the top of the third. Leading off the bottom half, Butch Huskey hit a home run for a 1-0 Mets lead. Rey Ordonez singled and Bobby Jones went down on strikes. Lance Johnson lined out to center fielder Brian McRae and a single by Jose Vizcaino followed. On Vizcaino’s hit, Ordonez was out via a throw by left fielder Luis Gonzalez to third baseman Leo Gomez to end the inning.

Bobby Jones held the Cubs without a run on four hits from the third inning to the seventh. Meanwhile, Castillo set down all twelve Mets to come to bat. Gomez drew a walk to begin the top of the eighth. Rey Sanchez’s sacrifice bunt moved pinch-runner Jose Hernandez to second base and pinch-hitter Scott Bullett was struck out. McRae was given an intentional walk. Bobby then retired Ryne Sandberg on a fly ball to left fielder Bernard Gilkey to close out the inning.

With one out in the bottom of the eighth, Huskey singled against Chicago reliever Mike Perez. Ordonez grounded out to third baseman Hernandez to send pinch-runner Chris Jones to second base. Pinch-hitter Carl Everett followed with a double off the Cubs’ Bob Patterson to drive home Chris Jones with the second New York run. Patterson then got Johnson to fly out to right fielder Sammy Sosa and end the inning.

Franco started the top of the ninth with a strikeout of Mark Grace. Sosa was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Chris Jones. John then got pinch-hitter Ozzie Timmons to ground out to shortstop Ordonez and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory on a combined shutout.