September 6, 1999: Rogers Shuts Out Giants

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Date: September 6, 1999
Mets starter: Kenny Rogers
Mets: 3
Giants: 0
Winning pitcher: Kenny Rogers
Key player(s): Kenny Rogers, Rickey Henderson
Key play: Henderson's two-run single

The Mets and Giants began a three-game series on Labor Day afternoon. The Shea Stadium crowd of 35,727 looked on as Kenny Rogers pitched a four-hit shutout. The Mets defeated San Francisco, 3-0.

The game was scoreless for the first five innings. Rogers allowed only a second inning single to Jeff Kent while striking out five batters. Robin Ventura's single in the second was the only Mets hit off Giant pitchers Livan Hernandez and Mark Gardner. In the sixth, Rogers again shut down San Francisco and the Mets scored when Mike Piazza's sacrifice fly brought home Rickey Henderson in the bottom of the inning.

Darryl Hamilton opened the seventh with a single off Giants' reliever Rich Rodriguez. After an out, Rodriguez walked Rey Ordonez and Rogers moved the runners up a base with a sacrifice bunt. Henderson then singled off Julian Tavarez to score Hamilton and Ordonez. Two walks followed to load the bases and reliever Jerry Spradlin got Piazza on a force play grounder to end the inning.

Rogers held the Giants scoreless in the eighth inning. In the ninth, Kenny struck out Barry Bonds and Kent before getting Ellis Burks on a line drive to third baseman Ventura to end the game. The Mets had a victory and Rogers had his first and only shutout as a Met.