May 26, 1996: Jones and Gilkey Put Away Padres

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Date: May 26, 1996
Mets starter: Bobby Jones
Mets: 1
Padres: 0
Winning pitcher: Bobby Jones
Key player(s): Bobby Jones, Bernard Gilkey
Key play: Gilkey’s home run

The Mets faced the Padres on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Bobby Jones pitched eight scoreless innings and Bernard Gilkey hit a home run in a 1-0 Mets win over San Diego.

Jones set down the side in order in the top of the first. With two outs in the bottom of the inning, Gilkey homered against Padres’ starter Sean Bergman for a one-run New York lead. Rico Brogna hit a single and Todd Hundley grounded out to first baseman Wally Joyner for the third out. Joyner singled to lead off the top of the second. Scott Livingstone hit a double play ground ball to second baseman Jose Vizcaino and a single by Brian Johnson ensued. Jones got Luis Lopez on a force play grounder to Vizcaino that closed out the inning. Bergman then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Both Jones and Bergman continued to pitch scoreless ball to the end of the seventh inning. Bobby retired all three batters in the top of the eighth and San Diego reliever Tim Worrell pitched a perfect bottom half. Against the Mets’ John Franco, Tony Gwynn lined out to center fielder Lance Johnson to open the top of the ninth. Joyner drew a walk and pinch-hitter Archi Cianfrocco lined out to right fielder Chris Jones. Brian Johnson hit a single and pinch-hitter Marc Newfield walked to load the bases. Franco then struck out Jody Reed to end the game. The Mets had a shutout victory to conclude the weekend series.