September 11, 1997: Olerud Hits for the Cycle
|Date: September 11, 1997|
|Mets starter: Rick Reed|
|Winning pitcher: Rick Reed|
|Key player(s): John Olerud, Edgardo Alfonzo|
|Key play: Alfonzo’s & Olerud’s doubles in 1st & homers in 7th, Olerud’s triple in 8th|
The Mets started a four-game series with the Expos at Shea Stadium on a Thursday night. John Olerud hit for the cycle and Edgardo Alfonzo had three hits as the two of them combined for eight runs batted in. The Mets came out with a 9-5 win over Montreal.
Brian McRae got the Mets’ night started with a first inning single off Montreal’s Mike Johnson. Alfonzo followed with a double to score McRae and scored when Olerud also doubled. The Mets got another run in the third when Olerud singled, Bernard Gilkey doubled and Carlos Baerga singled to score John for a 3-0 New York lead.
Rick Reed kept the Expos scoreless with double plays in each of the first three innings. Through seven, Reed allowed five hits to Montreal, giving up a fourth inning home run to David Segui for the only run. Rick had nine strikeouts in shutting down the Montreal hitters.
In the bottom of the seventh, Alfonzo came up to face Expos’ reliever Rick DeHart with McRae on base. Edgardo hit a two-run homer to increase the Mets’ lead to 5-1. Olerud made it back-to-back homers with his own blast off Dehart.
The Expos stormed back in the top of the eighth. Reed gave up three one-out singles, the last by Orlando Cabrera to score Joe Orsulak. Rick was replaced by Mel Rojas, who threw a pitch that Jose Vidro knocked out of the park for a three-run homer. The Mets’ lead was cut to 6-5.
Carl Everett came up with two out in the eighth against Montreal’s Mike Thurman. Everett hit a double to left and McRae reached first when hit by a pitch. Alfonzo singled off reliever Anthony Telford to load the bases. Olerud came to bat against Expos’ lefthander Steve Kline and smoked the ball to center field for a three-run triple. John had the cycle and the Mets had a four-run lead.
John Franco retired the Expos in the ninth to nail down the win for the Mets.