May 29, 1998: Mets Trounce Phillies in Shutout

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Date: May 29, 1998
Mets starter: Rick Reed
Mets: 11
Phillies: 0
Winning pitcher: Rick Reed
Key player(s): Rick Reed, Rey Ordonez, Edgardo Alfonzo, Carlos Baerga
Key play: Ordonez's and Baerga's RBI singles, Alfonzo's home run

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Friday night in Philadelphia. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. The Mets got hits and runs scored from eight different players in the starting lineup and defeated the Phils, 11-0.

Phillies' starter Matt Beech gave up only a single to Bernard Gilkey in the top of the first inning. The Mets' Rick Reed retired the side on three straight infield ground balls in the bottom half and consecutive singles by John Olerud and Edgardo Alfonzo opened the top of the second. Carlos Baerga grounded back to Beech for a double play and Butch Huskey drew a walk. Rey Ordonez followed with an infield single to score Olerud and give the Mets a 1-0 lead. Beech got Reed to hit a grounder to third baseman Scott Rolen and close out the inning. The Phils then failed to score after loading the bases in the bottom half.

After scoreless third and fourth innings, Brian McRae got a one-out single in the top of the fifth. Gilkey doubled and Mike Piazza was walked intentionally to load the bases. Olerud was called out on strikes and Alfonzo drew a walk to force home McRae. Baerga hit a single to score both Gilkey and Piazza, increasing the Mets' lead to 4-0. Beech retired Huskey on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Doug Glanville. Reed then threw called third strikes past all three Phils batters in the bottom half.

Ordonez got a leadoff single against Philadelphia reliever Matt Whiteside in the top of the sixth. Reed drew a walk and advanced to third base on McRae's single that drove home Ordonez. Gilkey went down on strikes and Piazza singled to plate Reed for a 6-0 Mets lead. Olerud was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Bobby Abreu. Alfonzo hit a single on which Abreu threw to catcher Mike Lieberthal for an out at home on McRae to finish off the inning. Reed then set down the Phillies on three straight infield grounders in the bottom half.

Ordonez singled with two outs in the top of the seventh. Rey went to second base on a balk and came around to score as Reed reached on an error by shortstop Alex Arias. McRae popped out to second baseman Mark Lewis to end the inning and Reed hurled a perfect bottom half. Piazza drew a one-out walk in the top of the eighth. Olerud lined out to Glanville and a two-run homer by Alfonzo lengthened the Mets' lead to 9-0. Whiteside retired Baerga on a foul pop-up to Rolen that ended the inning and Abreu singled against Reed to begin the bottom half. Lewis was struck out and Mets' reliever John Hudek got pinch-hitter Kevin Sefcik to fly out to right fielder Huskey. Arias followed with a double on which Abreu was out at home via a relay throw by shortstop Ordonez to catcher Alberto Castillo to finish off the inning.

Huskey slugged a homer against Phils' reliever Robert Dodd to open the top of the ninth. Ordonez singled and Luis Lopez was hit by a pitch. McRae hit a force play ground ball to Arias on which Ordonez went to third base. Pinch-hitter Jim Tatum followed with a sacrifice fly that brought home Ordonez for the Mets' eleventh run. Dodd retired Castillo on a ground ball to first baseman Rico Brogna for the inning's final out and Glanville popped out to second baseman Lopez to begin the bottom half. Ruben Amaro was retired on a line drive to center fielder McRae. Hudek then got Kevin Jordan to ground out to Ordonez and bring the game to an end. The Mets had an easy shutout victory.