Woeful: Cone Slammed As Mets Fall 10-0

Two starts and two drastically different outcomes. After pitching five shutout innings against the Expos a week ago, David Cone struggled mightily and surrendered a grand slam to Brad Wilkerson that was part of a seven run Montreal third inning. Tomo Ohka stifled the Mets for eight innings as the Expos went onto win 10-0 in the first game at their new stadium, Bithorn Stadium, in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Friday night.

David Cone (1-1) faced the minimum for the first two innings, but that was as good as it got. In the third inning the Mets hurler allowed a two-run homer to Montreal catcher Brian Schneider, a bases load single to Wil Cordero, and then a grand slam to Brad Wilkerson that capped a seven run inning for the Expos.

The Mets (4-6) came back in the top of the fourth and attempted to put some runs on the board as Roberto Alomar walked to start off the inning and Cliff Floyd hit a single to right. But then Mo Vaughn, who went 0-for-3 and is hitting .160, grounded into a double play on the first pitch he saw. After Ty Wigginton walked, Jeromy Burnitz popped out to end the inning.

Cone lasted just four innings and surrendered eight hits, seven runs, and three walks while striking out four. It was his first start in seven days, but the two days of extra rest certainly did not add an advantage to him or the Mets.

In the bottom of the fourth, the Expos (6-4) loaded the bases again, but Cone was able to get Wil Cordero looking on a full count breaking ball to end the frame. Cone threw eighty-two pitches and forty seven of them were strikes.

Jaime Cerda came on in relief to start the bottom of the fifth and got Brad Wilkerson, Orlando Cabrera, and Jose Macias down in order. The following inning though Brian Schneider doubled to lead it off and one out later, after a Tomo Ohka sacrifice, Jose Vidro drove him home with a sacrifice fly to right field.

That was the one bright spot though, as Cerda pitch 2 2/3 innings and allowed just one run while surrendering just one hit.

Jose Vidro caused damage once again in the bottom of the eighth when he smacked a pitch from Graeme Lloyd over the left field wall for a two run homer. Vidro finished 3-for-4 with 3 RBIs and is now hitting .364 on the season.

Tomo Ohka (1-1) pitched eight shutout innings after struggling severely in his first start of the year last Friday against the Mets at Shea Stadium. This time he went eight innings, allowed just one hit, a broken bat single to Cliff Floyd, no runs, four walks, and struck out seven. He retired the final thirteen batters he faced.

Notes
The Mets had two base runners in the final six innings... Art Howe opted to give Mike Piazza a rest and started Vance Wilson... Jae Seo (0-0, 5.79) opposes Livan Hernandez (0-0, 5.40) on Saturday afternoon... Mo Vaughn is now 0 for his last 14... The Expos sit in first place atop the N.L. East... After losing two of three in Florida, the Mets are now 1-3 to start their ten game road trip...


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