May 30, 1996: Paul Wilson Stifles Giants

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Date: May 30, 1996
Mets starter: Paul Wilson
Mets: 1
Giants: 0
Winning pitcher: Paul Wilson
Key player(s): Paul Wilson, Jose Vizcaino
Key play: Vizcaino’s single in 8th

The Mets faced the Giants on a Thursday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams completed a three-game set with a two-hour and nine-minute game. Paul Wilson struck out eight batters in pitching three-hit ball as the Mets defeated San Francisco, 1-0.

The Giants got their only hits off Wilson in the first four innings. Stan Javier singled with one out in the first and doubles by Marvin Benard and Barry Bonds were the only San Francisco hits in the third and fourth, respectively. Wilson faced a total of thirteen batters and kept the Giants hitless from the fifth inning to the eighth. For San Francisco, Allen Watson shut down the Mets on four singles through the end of the seventh inning.

In the bottom of the eighth, Rey Ordonez led off with an infield single. A sacrifice bunt by pinch-hitter Edgardo Alfonzo advanced Ordonez to second base. Rey moved to third on Lance Johnson’s ground out to second baseman Steve Scarsone. An ensuing single by Jose Vizcaino drove home Ordonez to give the Mets a one-run lead. Watson then got Bernard Gilkey to hit into an inning-ending force play.

Javier began the top of the ninth with a bunt single off Mets’ reliever John Franco. Bonds flied out to center fielder Johnson. Franco struck out Matt Williams and retired Mark Carreon on a ground ball to third baseman Jeff Kent. The Mets had a victory to end the series as Wilson recorded his second major league win.