May 15, 2001: Reed Spoils Jones' Return

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Date: May 15, 2001
Mets starter: Rick Reed
Mets: 1
Padres: 0
Winning pitcher: Rick Reed
Key player(s): Rick Reed, Rey Ordonez
Key play: Ordonez’s single in 5th

The Mets faced the Padres on a Tuesday night. Ex-Met Bobby Jones returned to Shea Stadium to pitch against his old team. However, it was Rick Reed who came out on top in the mound duel as the Mets defeated San Diego, 1-0.

Reed and Jones each allowed two hits while pitching scoreless ball from the first inning to the third. Ryan Klesko doubled to lead off the top of the fourth. Phil Nevin was retired on a foul pop-up to second baseman Desi Relaford. With Ben Davis at bat, Klesko was caught by Reed’s pickoff throw and tagged out by Relaford. Davis singled and was caught stealing on catcher Mike Piazza’s throw to Relaford for the third out of the inning. Jones then shut down the Mets in the bottom half.

Reed hurled a perfect top of the fifth. Tsuyoshi Shinjo got a leadoff single in the bottom of the inning. Shinjo advanced to second base on Darryl Hamilton’s ground out to first baseman Klesko and came around to score on Rey Ordonez’s single. Reed and Timo Perez were struck out to end the inning and the Padres went down in order in the top of the sixth. Jones then retired all three Mets batters in the bottom half.

Reed surrendered only a walk to Klesko in the top of the seventh. Shinjo singled with one out in the bottom of the inning. Hamilton flied out to center fielder Mike Colangelo and a single by Ordonez sent Shinjo to third base. Ordonez stole second and Jones retired Reed on an inning-ending ground ball to shortstop Donaldo Mendez. Reed yielded just a single to Adam Riggs in the top of the eighth. San Diego relievers Kevin Walker and David Lee then combined for a scoreless bottom half.

Mets’ reliever Armando Benitez got Rickey Henderson on a grounder to Relaford to start the top of the ninth. Colangelo singled and Klesko grounded out to Benitez. Armando then struck out Nevin to end the game. The Mets had a shutout victory in a game against their former pitching ace.