May 23, 1998: Leiter Shuts Out Brewers
|Date: May 23, 1998|
|Mets starter: Al Leiter|
|Winning pitcher: Al Leiter|
|Key player(s): Al Leiter, Mike Piazza, Bernard Gilkey|
|Key play: Gilkey's single in 4th|
The crowd of 32,908 came out to Shea Stadium to see Mike Piazza's first game as a Met. Piazza was cheered every time he came to bat and contributed a run-scoring double. With Mike behind the plate, Al Leiter pitched a four-hit shutout in a 3-0 win over the Brewers.
Only in the second inning did Leiter face a challenge. Marquis Grissom and Marc Newfield led off with singles as Jose Valentin came to the plate. Al got Valentin to hit into a double play and Bobby Hughes to ground out, ending a Milwaukee scoring chance. For the rest of the game, the Brewers got only a single and walk from Newfield against Leiter.
The Mets got runs in three consecutive innings against Milwaukee starter Jeff Juden. Bernard Gilkey singled to score John Olerud in the fourth and Piazza doubled to bring home Matt Franco an inning later. Butch Huskey also doubled, scoring Carlos Baerga in the bottom of the sixth.
Leiter finished off his shutout by retiring the last seven Brewer hitters. Jeromy Burnitz's fly out to center field ended the game. Piazza's life in New York got off to a good start, catching Leiter's first shutout as a Met.