September 1, 1997: Mets Shut Out Blue Jays on 2 Hits

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Date: September 1, 1997
Mets starter: Jason Isringhausen
Mets: 3
Blue Jays: 0
Winning pitcher: Jason Isringhausen
Key player(s): Jason Isringhausen, John Olerud, Mets' bullpen
Key play: Olerud's home run in 4th, Garcia's double play in 7th

The Mets and Blue Jays faced each other on Labor Day afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played a two and one-half hour game to begin the month of September. Four Met pitchers combined on a two-hit shutout for a 3-0 win over Toronto.

Jason Isringhausen and the Jays’ Pat Hentgen started the game by pitching three scoreless innings apiece. Each recorded four strikeouts and allowed a second-inning hit. In the top of the fourth, Isringhausen shut down Toronto again. The Mets then took a 1-0 lead on John Olerud’s home run off Hentgen in the bottom of the inning.

Isringhausen retired the Blue Jays 1-2-3 in the top of the fifth. In the bottom half, Butch Huskey homered with one out for the Mets’ second run of the game. Hentgen retired the next two hitters on ground balls to shortstop Tomas Perez to close out the inning. The Jays failed to score despite two walks and a hit batsman in the top of the sixth. The Mets then got a run on Todd Hundley’s single that brought home Edgardo Alfonzo in the bottom of the inning.

Benito Santiago led off the top of the seventh with a single off Isringhausen. Perez drew a walk and Jason was relieved by Greg McMichael. With the tying run at bat, McMichael struck out pinch-hitter Jacob Brumfield and got Carlos Garcia to hit into an inning-ending double play. Toronto’s Paul Quantrill then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Mets’ reliever Mel Rojas retired the Blue Jays in order in the top of the eighth inning. For Toronto, Dan Plesac pitched a perfect bottom half with three infield ground balls. John Franco set down the Jays 1-2-3 in the top of the ninth to end the game. The Mets had a Labor Day victory with a two-hit shutout comprised of four pitchers.