May 28, 2000: Mets Complete Three-Game Sweep of Cards

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Date: May 28, 2000
Mets starter: Glendon Rusch
Mets: 6
Cardinals: 2
Winning pitcher: Glendon Rusch
Key player(s): Glendon Rusch, Todd Zeile, Edgardo Alfonzo, Todd Pratt
Key play: Mets’ home runs

The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Sunday afternoon in St. Louis. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets finished off a series sweep with a 6-2 win over the Redbirds.

Following a scoreless first inning, Todd Zeile hit a solo home run against Cards’ starter Darryl Kile with one out in the top of the second. Todd Pratt went down on strikes and Joe McEwing doubled to left field. Kile retired Kurt Abbott on a fly ball to left fielder Shawon Dunston to end the inning and Mark McGwire hit a double to open the bottom half. Eric Davis lined out to first baseman Zeile and a single by Dunston moved McGwire to third base. Placido Polanco followed with a sacrifice fly to drive home McGwire and tie the game. Mets’ starter Glendon Rusch then got Mike Matheny on a ground ball to second baseman Edgardo Alfonzo for the inning’s final out.

Rusch singled to lead off the top of the third. Jon Nunnally and Jay Payton were struck out and Alfonzo hit a home run to put the Mets ahead, 3-1. Kile struck out Robin Ventura to end the inning and Rusch shut down the Cardinals in the bottom half. With one out in the top of the fourth, Pratt homered for the Mets’ fourth run of the game. Kile got McEwing to ground out to shortstop Edgar Renteria and retired Abbott on an inning-ending grounder to third baseman Polanco. Jim Edmonds singled to open the bottom half. Rusch then set down the next three St. Louis batters to close out the inning.

Kile pitched a scoreless top of the fifth. Matheny hit a one-out double in the bottom half. Kile was called out on strikes and Fernando Vina doubled to drive home Matheny. Renteria grounded out to shortstop Abbott to end the inning and Zeile doubled with one out in the top of the sixth. Pratt grounded back to Kile and a double by McEwing scored Zeile for a 5-2 Mets lead. Kile got Abbott on an inning-ending pop-up to Renteria. Rusch then set down the Redbirds in order in the bottom half.

Kile and Rusch each hurled a scoreless seventh inning. St. Louis reliever Alan Benes yielded just a single to Zeile in the top of the eighth. For the Mets, John Franco gave up only a single to J. D. Drew in the bottom half and Rey Ordonez singled to lead off the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Matt Franco followed with a single and Nunnally popped out to Renteria. Payton singled to score Ordonez with the Mets’ sixth run. Benes then got Alfonzo on a double play ground ball to Renteria that ended the inning.

Mets’ reliever Armando Benitez retired McGwire on a line drive to right fielder Nunnally to start the bottom of the ninth. Davis grounded out to shortstop Ordonez. Benitez then got pinch-hitter Thomas Howard to line out to center fielder Payton and end the game. The Mets had a sweep of the series.