May 7, 1994: Jones Shuts Out Cardinals

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Date: May 7, 1994
Mets starter: Bobby Jones
Mets: 1
Cardinals: 0
Winning pitcher: Bobby Jones
Key player(s): Bobby Jones, Kevin McReynolds
Key play: McReynolds’ double

The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Saturday night in St. Louis. The teams played the third of four games in a weekend series. Bobby Jones pitched a complete game shutout in a 1-0 Mets win over the Redbirds.

After two scoreless innings, Cards’ starter Tom Urbani retired the side in order in the top of the third. Ray Lankford and Ozzie Smith got back-to-back singles with two outs in the bottom half. Gregg Jefferies drew a walk that loaded the bases and Todd Zeile flied out to left fielder Kevin McReynolds to end the inning. Urbani set down all three Mets batters once again in the top of the fourth. Jones then gave up just a single to Bernard Gilkey in the bottom half.

Urbani held the Mets to a single by Jeff Kent in the top of the fifth. Jones shut down the Redbirds in the bottom of the inning and John Cangelosi hit a two-out double in the top of the sixth. Jose Vizcaino followed with an infield single to advance Cangelosi to third base. McReynolds hit a ground-rule double to bring home Cangelosi with the first run of the game. Urbani retired Bobby Bonilla on an inning-ending fly ball to left fielder Gilkey. Jones then yielded just a double to Zeile in the bottom half.

St. Louis reliever John Habyan pitched a perfect top of the seventh. Jones retired the side 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning and the Cardinals’ Rich Rodriguez struck out all three hitters in the top of the eighth. Jones hurled a perfect bottom half and Rodriguez set down the Mets in order once again in the top of the ninth. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Gilkey singled to right field. Luis Alicea grounded out to second baseman Kent and an intentional walk to pinch-hitter Gerald Perry followed. Jones then got pinch-hitter Brian Jordan to ground out to shortstop Vizcaino and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory on Bobby’s shutout.