May 3, 1997: Everett and Hundley Lead Mets Past Cards

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Date: May 3, 1997
Mets starter: Rick Reed
Mets: 5
Cardinals: 1
Winning pitcher: Rick Reed
Key player(s): Rick Reed, Todd Hundley, Carl Everett, Carlos Baerga
Key play: Everett’s two singles, Hundley’s home run

The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played a two-hour and 26-minute game in front of 16,248 fans on hand. Carl Everett and Todd Hundley drove in two runs apiece as the Mets defeated St. Louis, 5-1.

Mets’ starter Rick Reed retired the side in order in each of the first three innings. For the Redbirds, Andy Benes gave up only a double to Carlos Baerga in starting off with a trio of scoreless bottom halves. Reed set down the Cards in order once again in the top of the fourth. With one out in the bottom of the inning, John Olerud homered to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. Hundley drew a walk and Bernard Gilkey grounded out to shortstop Royce Clayton. Benes then got Butch Huskey to fly out to right fielder John Mabry and end the inning.

Ron Gant hit a triple to lead off the top of the fifth. Mabry singled to drive home Gant with the tying run and a single by Dmitri Young ensued. Tom Lampkin followed with a single on which Mabry was out at home via a throw by left fielder Gilkey to catcher Hundley. Mike Gallego hit a force play ground ball to third baseman Edgardo Alfonzo. Reed then fanned Benes for the inning’s final out.

Baerga hit his second double to open the bottom of the fifth. Rey Ordonez grounded out to Clayton and a ground out by Reed advanced Baerga to third base. Everett singled to score Baerga and put the Mets ahead by a run. Carl stole second and Alfonzo drew a walk. Caught off base with Olerud at that plate, Everett got into a rundown and was tagged out by catcher Lampkin to finish off the inning. Reed then retired the Cardinals 1-2-3 in the top of the sixth.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Hundley hit a one-out home run to increase the Mets’ lead to 3-1. Benes set down the next two batters on infield grounders and Reed pitched a scoreless top of the seventh. Baerga singled against St. Louis reliever Brady Raggio to begin the bottom half. Ordonez’s sacrifice bunt advanced Baerga to second base and pinch-hitter Steve Bieser drew a walk. Everett hit a single to bring home Baerga and a fly ball by Alfonzo was caught by Mabry. Olerud singled to load the bases and Hundley drew a walk that forced home Bieser with the Mets’ fifth run. Raggio then got Gilkey to fly out to left fielder Gant and finish off the inning.

Mets’ reliever Takashi Kashiwada held the Cardinals to a bunt single by Delino DeShields in the top of the eighth. Baerga singled for his fourth hit of the game with one out in the bottom of the inning. Raggio got Ordonez on a ground ball to Clayton for an inning-ending double play and Brian Jordan grounded out to shortstop Ordonez to start the top of the ninth. Mabry went down on strikes and Young singled to center field. Kashiwada then retired Danny Sheaffer on a grounder to second baseman Baerga to end the game. The Mets had a solid victory.