May 28, 1996: Clark and Henry Shut Out Giants

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Date: May 28, 1996
Mets starter: Mark Clark
Mets: 4
Giants: 0
Winning pitcher: Mark Clark
Key player(s): Bernard Gilkey, Mark Clark, Doug Henry
Key play: Williams’ error, Gilkey’s home runs

The Mets and Giants faced each other on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played a two-hour and 25-minute game to begin a three-game set. On a combined shutout between Mark Clark and Doug Henry, the Mets defeated San Francisco, 4-0.

Clark shut down the Giants on four hits over seven innings pitched. He recorded five strikeouts and issued one walk in keeping San Francisco from scoring. Mark retired 11 consecutive batters from the third inning to the seventh. Meanwhile, the Mets got three runs against Giants’ starter Mark Leiter when Jeff Kent scored on third baseman Matt Williams’ error in the second, Rey Ordonez singled home Todd Hundley in the fourth and Bernard Gilkey homered in the seventh.

In the top of the eighth, Henry retired pinch-hitter Dan Peltier on a ground ball to first baseman Rico Brogna. He gave up a single to Marvin Benard and got Stan Javier to fly out to left fielder Gilkey. Doug recorded a force play grounder from Barry Bonds for the third out. Against San Francisco’s Jeff Juden, Gilkey hit his second homer of the game for the Mets’ fourth run in the bottom of the inning

Henry struck out Williams to start the top of the ninth. He followed up by getting Dave McCarty to ground out to second baseman Jose Vizcaino. Doug then retired Shawon Dunston on a line drive to center fielder Lance Johnson to end the game. The Mets had a victory on a combined five-hit shutout.