Oct 7, 2016

Remembering Mets History: 2000 NLDS Game #4: Bobby Jones Tosses A One Hitter

Sunday, October 8th, 2000- NLDS Game #4: 56,245 fans packed Shea Stadium on this Sunday evening hoping to see the Mets advance to the NLCS. Tonight, they would witness one of the best post season pitching performances in Mets history.

The Mets have always been a strong pitching organization. The club has seen just one no hitter & 37 one hitters.The names Tom Seaver, Nolan Ryan, Dwight Gooden, Jerry Koosman, Ron Darling & Tug McGraw have all pitched great post season games for the Mets.

In 1973 Jon Matlack had tossed a two hitter in the NLCS against the Cincinnati Reds & on this night, a lesser known name; Bobby Jones  would throw the only one hitter in Mets post season history. 

Mets Manager Bobby Valentine gave Bobby Jones (11-6 / 5.06 ERA / 85 Ks) the start in this NLDS Game #4. It was his first post season start. Jones went up against the San Francisco Giants; Mark Gardner (11-7 / 4.05 ERA / 92 Ks).

Jones rolled along until the top of the 5th, the only inning where he would have any trouble. Jeff Kent led off with a double, then Ellis Burks flew out. Jones issued a walk to JT Snow & Doug Mirabelli after he retired Rich Aurillia.

Giants Manager; Dusty Baker chose to stick with his pitcher & Jones got Mark Gardner to pop up ending the inning. The Giants would not get another base runner the rest of the way.

Robin Ventura
For the Mets, their big bats put them on the board right away, in the 1st inning. Mike Piazza drew a two out walk and then Robin Ventura followed with a HR over the right center field fence.

In the 5th inning, Bobby Jones struck out but reached first base on a wild pitch. Timo Perez followed with a double, then Edgardo Alfonzo doubled to center, scoring both runners to cap off the 4-0 victory.

Jones shut down the Giants over the next three innings & the fans were on their feet for the 9th. Marvin Benard grounded out to first base, Bill Mueller then grounded out to Alfonzo for out number two. Jones then got Barry Bonds to line out to center field & end the game.

The Mets advanced to the their second consecutive NLCS as Jones completed his one hit master piece, striking out five Giants & walking two, while throwing 116 pitches over the nine innings.

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