May 10, 1997: Jones Leads Shutout of Cardinals

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Date: May 10, 1997
Mets starter: Bobby Jones
Mets: 2
Cardinals: 0
Winning pitcher: Bobby Jones
Key player(s): Bobby Jones, John Olerud, Rey Ordonez
Key play: Olerud's home run, Ordonez's single

The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Saturday night in St. Louis. The teams played the second of three games in a series. Bobby Jones hurled eight shutout innings in a 2-0 Mets win over the Redbirds.

Jones and the Cards' Alan Benes each recorded three strikeouts in pitching two-hit scoreless ball from the first inning to the fifth. With two outs in the top of the sixth, John Olerud hit a home run for a 1-0 Mets lead. Todd Hundley grounded out to shortstop Royce Clayton to end the inning and Jones surrendered only a walk to Mark Sweeney in the bottom half. Carlos Baerga got a one-out single in the top of the seventh. Baerga advanced to second base on an error by second baseman Delino DeShields and a walk to Butch Huskey followed. Rey Ordonez singled to drive home Baerga and extend the New York lead to two runs. With Jones at bat, Huskey got caught on an attempted steal of home and was tagged out by catcher Mike DiFelice. Benes threw a called third strike past Jones to finish off the inning. Bobby then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Carl Everett doubled against Benes to open the top of the eighth. Everett moved to third base on Edgardo Alfonzo's sacrifice bunt and St. Louis reliever Tony Fossas retired Olerud on a ground ball to first baseman John Mabry. Hundley drew a walk and stole second. The Cardinals' John Frascatore got Bernard Gilkey on a grounder to third baseman Gary Gaetti for the final out of the inning. Jones then set down all three batters on infield ground balls in the bottom half.

The Mets failed to score despite three singles against Frascatore in the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Willie McGee singled against New York reliever John Franco to begin the bottom of the inning. Ray Lankford was retired on a fly ball to left fielder Gilkey. Franco then got Ron Gant to fly out to center fielder Everett and fanned Gaetti to end the game. The Mets had a three-hit shutout victory.