Cone Dazzles in Return as Mets Win

The Coneheads, motivated by the memorable "Saturday Night Live" skit, were back at Shea Stadium for the first time in eleven years and were by no means disappointed. David Cone pitched five innings of shutout ball and got some help from his batterymate, Vance Wilson, as the Mets defeated the Montreal Expos 4-0 on Friday night.

"This is so unexpected to be in this position," the 40-year-old Cone said to the Associated Press. "It's kind of hard to describe."

In a game that saw temperatures dip below the freezing mark, David Cone was able to keep hitters off balance from the first pitch he delivered: a strike to Endy Chavez to begin the game. In the first inning he set down the side in order, concluding with an impressive strikeout of All-Star Vladimir Guerrero on a breaking pitch.

The Mets (2-2) got their bats going in the top half of the fourth when with one out Mo Vaughn and Ty Wigginton strung together back to back hits. After Jeromy Burnitz struck out, Vance Wilson then knocked them both home with a ground rule double over the right field fence off Montreal starter Tomo Ohka (0-1).

The biggest challenge of the game for Cone came in the top of third inning with the bases full of Expos, two outs, and the contest still scoreless. Vladimir Guerrero worked a full count against the forty-year old, but the elder won as Cone watched the Expos fiercest hitter wave at a cureveball to end the inning.

"It's just what you saw. He tricked us all night," Montreal manager Frank Robinson said to the Associated Press. "We're a very aggressive hitting ballclub, and he used that to his advantage."

The Expos (3-1) never lead the game after they did so in every inning of their series sweep against the Braves. Ohka, who lost three games to the Mets last season, pitched 4 2/3 innings allowing ten hits and three runs.

Joe McEwing pinch-hit for the Mets starting pitcher in the bottom of the fifth, signifying the end of his brilliant return to Major League Baseball. Cone, who also added a hit of his own, went five innings, allowed no runs, three walks, and struck out five.

Reliever David Weathers came on two pitch two innings of relief in the sixth and surrendered a leadoff broken bat base hit to Guerrero. He then went on to fan Jeff Liefer, Orlando Cabrera, and Brad Wilkerson to end the frame.

Mo Vaughn ripped his first home run of the year in the eighth, a solo shot off Montreal reliever Dan Smith. The first basemen, who went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, started after he sat out most of the game on Thursday with the flu before pinch hitting in the ninth.

Mike Stanton came on the eighth for his second appearance as a Met and then handed the ball over to Armando Benitez in the ninth who struck out the side to end the game.

Notes
Jeromy Burnitz continued his hot hitting. He has five doubles through the first four games of the season after hitting two in this game... The Mets were once again without Mike Piazza who is continuing to serve his four game suspension. He will sit on Saturday and return on Sunday... It was the first time David Cone pitched in a Major League Baseball game in eighteen months... Cliff Floyd continues to struggle as a Met, going 0-for-4 and is now hitting .067... Tom Glavine (0-1) will make his second start of the season on Saturday against Montreal's Tony Armas Jr. (1-0)


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