September 8, 1995: Jones Pitches Three-Hit Shutout

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Date: September 8, 1995
Mets starter: Bobby Jones
Mets: 5
Expos: 0
Winning pitcher: Bobby Jones
Key player(s): Bobby Jones, Tim Bogar
Key play: Bogar’s single in 1st

The Mets faced the Expos on a Friday night in Montreal. The teams played the opener of a three-game series at Olympic Stadium. Bobby Jones pitched a three-hit shutout in a 5-0 Mets victory.

In the top of the first inning, Jose Vizcaino got a one-out single against Expos’ starter Kirk Rueter. Carl Everett drew a walk and Chris Jones grounded out to second baseman Mike Lansing to advance the runners to second and third base. A walk to Ryan Thompson loaded the bases. Rueter issued a walk to Butch Huskey that forced home Vizcaino with the game’s first run. Tim Bogar singled to drive home Everett and Thompson for a 3-0 Mets lead. Rueter then retired Kelly Stinnett on a pop-up to first baseman David Segui to end the inning.

Rondell White reached second base on an error by second baseman Bogar to begin the bottom of the first. Tony Tarasco grounded out to Bogar to move White to third base. Segui hit a grounder back to Bobby Jones on which White was caught in a rundown and tagged out by third baseman Huskey. On the play, Segui advanced to second and moved to third on an ensuing wild pitch. Bobby Jones then walked Sean Berry and got Darrin Fletcher on an inning-ending ground ball to Bogar.

Following scoreless second and third innings, Stinnett drew a walk with one out in the top of the fourth. A sacrifice bunt by Bobby Jones advanced Stinnett to second base. Damon Buford singled to score Stinnett and increase the Mets’ lead to four runs. Rueter retired Vizcaino on a ground ball to third baseman Berry for the final out of the inning. Bobby Jones set down the Expos in order in the bottom half. Everett singled against Montreal reliever Gil Heredia to open the top of the fifth. Heredia retired the next three New York hitters to end the inning. Bobby Jones then held the Expos to a walk to Dave Silvestri in a scoreless bottom half.

Bogar got a single against Montreal’s Curt Schmidt to lead off the top of the sixth inning. Schmidt issued a walk to Stinnett and was replaced on the mound by reliever Willie Fraser. Bobby Jones’ sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third. Buford was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Fraser struck out Vizcaino and got Everett to fly out to left fielder Wil Cordero to end the inning. Bobby Jones then kept Montreal hitless with a perfect bottom half.

Fraser limited the Mets to a single by Thompson in a scoreless top of the seventh inning. Berry hit a single for the Expos’ first hit of the game to begin the bottom half. Fletcher followed with a grounder to shortstop Vizcaino for a double play and Bobby Jones threw a called third strike past Lansing for the third out. Fraser set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth. Cordero singled to open the bottom half and Silvestri hit a ground ball to Bogar for a double play. Bobby Jones then retired pinch-hitter Jeff Treadway on a line drive to center fielder Thompson to close out the inning.

Vizcaino reached second base on an error by Expos’ reliever Bryan Eversgerd to open the top of the ninth. Everett doubled to score Vizcaino with the Mets’ fifth run. Eversgerd set down the next three hitters and White singled for the third Montreal hit to open the bottom half. Tarasco popped out to Vizcaino and a fly ball by Segui was caught by left fielder Buford. Bobby Jones then got Berry to ground out to Vizcaino and end the game. The Mets had a shutout victory on Bobby’s three-hitter.