September 25, 2001: Appier Shuts Out Expos

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Date: September 25, 2001
Mets starter: Kevin Appier
Mets: 2
Expos: 0
Winning pitcher: Kevin Appier
Key player(s): Kevin Appier, Desi Relaford, Mike Piazza
Key play: Relaford’s double, Piazza’s home run

The Mets faced the Expos on a Tuesday night in Montreal. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. Kevin Appier pitched a shutout in a 2-0 Mets win.

Expos’ starter Carl Pavano hurled a perfect top of the first inning. Appier retired the side in order in the bottom half and Jay Payton was hit by a pitch with two outs in the top of the second. Desi Relaford followed with a double to drive home Payton for a 1-0 Mets lead. Rey Ordonez was given an intentional walk and Appier walked to load the bases. Pavano retired Timo Perez on a pop-up to shortstop Orlando Cabrera for the inning’s third out. Appier then retired all three Montreal batters in the bottom half.

Appier and Pavano each hurled scoreless ball from the third inning to the fifth. With one out in the top of the sixth, Mike Piazza homered for the Mets’ second run of the game. Tsuyoshi Shinjo was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Peter Bergeron. Todd Zeile grounded out to Cabrera to end the inning and Tim Raines drew a one-out walk in the bottom half. Raines stole second base and Jose Vidro flied out to right fielder Perez. Appier then got Vladimir Guerrero to ground out to shortstop Ordonez and finish off the inning.

Relaford got a bunt single with one out in the top of the seventh. Ordonez flied out to Bergeron and a single by Appier moved Relaford to third base. Perez flied out to Bergeron to end the inning and Appier gave up only a single to Geoff Blum in the bottom half. Pavano pitched a perfect top of the eighth and pinch-hitter Brad Wilkerson got a one-out single in the bottom of the inning. Appier then got Raines to hit a ground ball to second baseman Edgardo Alfonzo for an inning-ending double play.

Expos’ reliever Britt Reames retired the side in order in the top of the ninth. Vidro grounded out to Ordonez to lead off the bottom half. Guerrero was also retired on a grounder to Ordonez. Appier then got Cabrera to fly out to center fielder Payton and end the game. The Mets had a victory on Kevin’s shutout.

Notes

  • Appier’s shutout was his only one as a National League pitcher during his 16-season major league career.