September 24, 1996: Bobby Jones Shuts Out Astros

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Date: September 24, 1996
Mets starter: Bobby Jones
Mets: 4
Astros: 0
Winning pitcher: Bobby Jones
Key player(s): Bobby Jones, Edgardo Alfonzo, Lance Johnson
Key play: Alfonzo’s & Johnson’s doubles in 5th

The Mets faced the Astros on a Tuesday night in Houston. The team began its final road series of the season with a two-hour and 12-minute game at the Astrodome. Bobby Jones pitched a four-hit shutout as the Mets came away with a 4-0 win.

Jones and Astros’ starter Donne Wall each started the game with four scoreless innings. Bobby allowed a single to Bill Spiers in the second and a fourth-inning double to Derek Bell in keeping Houston from scoring. Wall retired the side in order in the first and third innings and gave up a single to Alex Ochoa in the top of the second. He also yielded a two-out double Todd Hundley in the fourth before retiring Ochoa for the third out of the inning.

In the top of the fifth, Butch Huskey led off with a single to left field. An ensuing double by Edgardo Alfonzo scored Huskey for the first run of the game. Wall retired the next two batters and yielded a double to Lance Johnson that brought home Alfonzo. Wall struck out Jason Hardtke to end the inning. Jones then set down the Astros 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Bernard Gilkey drew a walk and went to second on Wall’s balk in the top of the sixth. Hundley struck out and Ochoa hit a single to score Gilkey. Alex later came home on a two-out single by Rey Ordonez off Houston reliever Doug Brocail. Jones then grounded out and pitched a perfect bottom half of the inning.

The Mets were retired in order by the Astros’ Todd Jones in the top of the seventh. Bobby pitched a scoreless bottom half despite a two-out double by Derrick May. Todd pitched a perfect top of the eighth and Bobby allowed only a single to Bobby Abreu in a scoreless bottom half. Houston reliever Gregg Olson then set down the Mets without a run in the top of the ninth inning.

In the bottom of the ninth, Jeff Bagwell drew a one-out walk and went to second on a wild pitch. Bell grounded out to second baseman Hardtke to advance Bagwell to third base. Bobby Jones then got James Mouton on a ground ball to shortstop Ordonez for the final out of the game. The Mets had a victory on Bobby’s only shutout of the year.