May 7, 1998: Yoshii's Double Leads to Win

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Date: May 7, 1998
Mets starter: Masato Yoshii
Mets: 4
Cardinals: 1
Winning pitcher: Masato Yoshii
Key player(s): Masato Yoshii
Key play: Yoshii's double in 5th

The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Thursday night at Shea Stadium. The game went quickly, lasting only 2 hours and 11 minutes. The Mets came out with a 4-1 win as Masato Yoshii allowed two hits in seven innings and helped his own cause with a two-run double.

Yoshii and St. Louis starter Donovan Osborne each pitched one-hit ball over the first three innings. In the fourth, Brian Jordan homered with two out to give St. Louis a 1-0 lead. Osborne retired the Mets in order in the bottom of the inning and Yoshii did the same to the Cardinals in the top of the fifth.

Osborne walked Butch Huskey to begin the bottom of the fifth inning. With one out, Brian McRae singled and Alberto Castillo reached on an error to load the bases. A sacrifice fly by Rey Ordonez brought home Huskey to tie the game. Yoshii then hit a double to right field to bring home McRae and Castillo for a 3-1 Mets lead. Masato later scored on a single by Preston Wilson.

Yoshii held St. Louis scoreless in the sixth and seventh innings. Mets' reliever Greg McMichael followed up with a perfect top of the eighth. Meanwhile, the Mets got more three hits against the Cardinals' pitching, but did not score.

John Franco retired the side in order in the top of the ninth inning. Franco struck out Mark McGwire to end the game. The Mets had defeated the Redbirds as Yoshii won his own game with a double.


  • Wilson's run-scoring single was his first major league RBI