September 11, 1988: Ojeda and McReynolds Put Away Expos

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Date: September 11, 1988
Mets starter: Bob Ojeda
Mets: 3
Expos: 0
Winning pitcher: Bob Ojeda
Key player(s): Bob Ojeda, Kevin McReynolds
Key play: McReynolds’ RBI single and homer

The Mets faced the Expos on a Sunday afternoon in Montreal. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Bob Ojeda pitched a five-hit shutout and Kevin McReynolds drove in three runs in a 3-0 Mets win.

Wally Backman drew a one-out walk against Expos’ starter Dennis Martinez in the top of the first inning. Backman stole second base and Keith Hernandez went down on strikes. Darryl Strawberry walked and McReynolds hit a single to bring home Backman for a 1-0 Mets lead. Martinez retired Howard Johnson on a ground ball to third baseman Tim Wallach for the third out. Ojeda then yielded only a single to Tracy Jones in the bottom half.

Ojeda and Lenny Dykstra got back-to-back singles with two outs in the top of the second. Backman hit a force play grounder to shortstop Luis Rivera that ended the inning and Ojeda hurled a perfect bottom half. Martinez held the Mets to a single by Hernandez in the top of the third and Wilfredo Tejada singled to lead off the bottom of the inning. Martinez’s sacrifice bunt advanced Tejada to second base and Rex Hudler was struck out. Jones flied out to right fielder Strawberry to finish off the inning and Martinez gave up just a double to Mackey Sasser in the top of the fourth. Andres Galarraga singled to begin the bottom half. Mike Fitzgerald grounded out to Ojeda (moving Galarraga to second) and a foul pop-up by Wallach was caught by catcher Sasser. With Rivera at bat, Galarraga stole third. Ojeda then got Rivera to pop out to shortstop Kevin Elster and end the inning.

Martinez set down the side in order in the top of the fifth. Ojeda pitched a perfect bottom half and McReynolds singled with one out in the top of the sixth. Howard Johnson and Sasser were retired on consecutive pop-ups to Wallach to close out the inning and Galarraga got a two-out single in the bottom half. Fitzgerald followed with a force play ground ball to third baseman Howard Johnson for the inning’s third out and Martinez retired the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh. Ojeda then set down all three Montreal batters in the bottom half.

To open the top of the eighth, Backman drew a walk and stole second base. Hernandez and Strawberry were retired on outfield fly balls and McReynolds came to bat. Kevin slugged a homer to extend the Mets’ lead to three runs. Howard Johnson hit a double and Sasser was given an intentional walk. Martinez retired Elster on a line drive to Wallach that ended the inning. With one out in the bottom half, pinch-hitter Wallace Johnson doubled for the Expos’ fifth hit of the game. Hudler was retired on a pop-up to Elster. Ojeda then got Jones to ground out to Elster and finish off the inning.

Montreal reliever Joe Hesketh pitched a perfect top of the ninth. Galarraga went down on strikes to open the bottom half. Fitzgerald reached on Howard Johnson’s error and a fly ball by Wallach was caught by right fielder Mookie Wilson. Ojeda then got Rivera to hit a force play grounder to Howard Johnson for the game’s final out. The Mets had a series-sweeping victory on Bob’s shutout.