May 28, 1997: Jones Shuts Out Expos
|Date: May 28, 1997|
|Mets starter: Bobby Jones|
|Winning pitcher: Bobby Jones|
|Key player(s): Bobby Jones, Carlos Baerga, Carl Everett|
|Key play: Baerga’s double and home run, Everett’s two-run single|
The Mets faced the Expos on a Wednesday night in Montreal. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Bobby Jones pitched a complete game shutout as the Mets rolled to 7-0 win.
Jones and Expos’ starter Pedro Martinez each pitched scoreless ball from the first inning to the third. To begin the top of the fourth, Edgardo Alfonzo reached on an error by shortstop Mark Grudzielanek. John Olerud flied out to right fielder Vladimir Guerrero and a walk to Todd Hundley followed. Martinez struck out Bernard Gilkey and yielded a double to Carlos Baerga that brought home Alfonzo and Hundley. Butch Huskey drew a walk and Rey Ordonez singled to score Baerga. Jones drew a walk to load the bases and Carl Everett hit a single to drive home Huskey and Ordonez for a 5-0 Mets lead. Alfonzo flied out to Guerrero to end the inning. Jones then set down all three Montreal batters in the bottom half.
Gilkey hit a two-out double in the top of the fifth inning. Baerga followed with a two-run homer and Huskey hit a pop-up to second baseman Mike Lansing for the third out. Jones pitched a perfect bottom of the inning and Expos’ reliever Salomon Torres retired the Mets in order in the top of the sixth. Jones retired Montreal 1-2-3 again in the bottom half and the Mets had runners on second and third base with two outs in the top of the seventh. Torres got Baerga on an inning-ending line drive to center fielder Rondell White. The Expos were then held to a single by F. P. Santangelo and a walk to Joe Orsulak in a scoreless bottom half.
Torres and Jones each set down the side in order in the eighth inning. In the top of the ninth, Torres held the Mets without a run despite a walk to Alfonzo and a single by Hundley. Darrin Fletcher opened the bottom half with a fly out to left fielder Gilkey. Guerrero flied out to center fielder Everett. Jones then retired Henry Rodriguez on a ground ball to second baseman Baerga to end the game. The Mets had concluded the series on Bobby’s shutout.