May 19, 1998: Three-Run 2nd Propels Mets to Sweep

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Date: May 19, 1998
Mets starter: Brian Bohanon
Mets: 5
Reds: 3
Winning pitcher: Brian Bohanon
Key player(s): Rick Wilkins, Rey Ordonez, Brian Bohanon, John Olerud
Key play: Wilkins’ single, Ordonez’s triple, Bohanon’s single, Olerud’s home run

The Mets and Reds faced each other in a doubleheader on a Tuesday evening. After winning the opener, the Mets were in search of a sweep of the twinbill at Shea Stadium. A three-run second inning lifted the Mets to a 5-3 victory over Cincinnati.

Following a scoreless first inning, Mets’ starter Brian Bohanon shut down the Reds again in the top of the second. Rich Becker tripled against Cincinnati’s Scott Winchester with two outs in the bottom half. Rick Wilkins hit a single to drive home Becker and came around to score on a triple by Rey Ordonez. Bohanon followed with a single that plated Ordonez for a 3-0 Mets lead. Brian McRae singled for the Mets’ fifth consecutive hit. Winchester then got Edgardo Alfonzo on a force play ground ball to third baseman Chris Stynes to end the inning.

Bohanon and Winchester each pitched scoreless third and fourth innings. Leading off the top of the fifth, Jon Nunnally homered for the Reds’ first run of the game. Brook Fordyce drew a walk and Winchester bunted back to Bohanon for a double play. Stynes lined out to right fielder Butch Huskey to finish off the inning and Winchester shut down the Mets in the bottom half. Bohanon set down all three Cincinnati batters in the top of the sixth. The Mets were then retired in order by Winchester in the bottom of the inning.

Mets’ reliever Turk Wendell issued a walk to Bret Boone to begin the top of the seventh. Eduardo Perez singled to advance Boone to third base and Dennis Cook came in to pitch for New York. Cook got Nunnally to hit a grounder to second baseman Luis Lopez for a double play on which Boone scored. Fordyce and pinch-hitter Lenny Harris followed with back-to-back singles. Stynes was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Cook then retired pinch-hitter Barry Larkin on a pop-up to catcher Wilkins for the inning’s final out.

Reds’ reliever Stan Belinda threw a called third strike past Lopez to begin the bottom of the seventh inning. McRae went down on strikes and Alfonzo drew a walk. Olerud hit a home run to increase the Mets’ lead to 5-2. Belinda fanned Huskey for the third out and the Mets’ Mel Rojas pitched a scoreless top of the eighth. Becker drew a walk with one out in the bottom half. Wilkins flied out to left fielder Dmitri Young. With Ordonez at bat, Becker stole second base and went to third on catcher Fordyce’s throwing error. Belinda then got Ordonez on a line drive to right fielder Melvin Nieves to end the inning.

Nunnally singled against Mets’ reliever John Franco to lead off the top of the ninth. Fordyce flied out to left fielder Becker and pinch-hitter Willie Greene grounded out to Lopez. Stynes reached on an error by third baseman Alfonzo that allowed Nunnally to come home with the Reds’ third run. Stynes stole second base and Larkin drew a walk. Franco then struck out Young to bring the game to an end. The Mets had a win and a sweep of the doubleheader.

Notes

  • The RBI for Wilkins was his only one as a Met.