May 15, 2002: D'Amico Shuts Out Dodgers
|Date: May 15, 2002|
|Mets starter: Jeff D'Amico|
|Winning pitcher: Jeff D'Amico|
|Key player(s): Jeff D'Amico|
|Key play: Vaughn's home run|
The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Wednesday night in Los Angeles. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Jeff D'Amico pitched a complete game two-hitter and faced 30 batters as the Mets came away with a 2-0 win.
D'Amico recorded two strikeouts in retiring the Dodgers in order in the bottom of the first inning. In the top of the second, Edgardo Alfonzo hit a double off Los Angeles starter Kazuhisa Ishii. Alfonzo went to third base on Jeromy Burnitz's ground out and scored on an infield grounder by Jay Payton. The Dodgers got singles from Paul Lo Duca and Mark Grudzielanek in the bottom of the inning, but failed to score when D'Amico got Adrian Beltre to hit into a double play for the final outs.
From the third inning to the seventh, D'Amico and Ishii each pitched four innings of shutout ball. The Mets had runners on base in each inning, but did not score any runs. Meanwhile, D'Amico surrendered only a fourth-inning walk to Shawn Green and set down Los Angeles in order four times.
In the top of the eighth inning, Mo Vaughn homered off Dodger reliever Giovanni Carrara. D'Amico issued a two-out walk to Hiram Bocachica in the bottom half to end a streak of 13 straight batters retired. Jeff followed up with a strikeout of pinch-hitter Dave Hansen to end the inning. Los Angeles reliever Paul Quantrill then pitched a perfect top of the ninth.
D'Amico started the bottom of the ninth inning by striking out Cesar Izturis. He got Marquis Grissom on a comeback grounder and fanned Green for the final out of the game. The Mets had their second consecutive victory over the Dodgers on Jeff's masterful two-hit shutout.
- The loss for Ishii was his first as a major leaguer after six wins.