5) NY Mets clutch pitching performance: Bobby Jones 2000 NLDS
The Mets already led the San Francisco Giants 2-1 in this best of five series. When Bobby Jones took the hill for them to start Game 4, there was room for error. Apparently, nobody told him.
The day was October 8, 2000, when Jones took the ball for the Mets and delivered one of the most clutch starting pitching performances in team history. The 4-0 victory and anything else that happened was overshadowed by Jones tossing a complete game shutout and holding the Giants to only a single hit.
Jones was perfect until Jeff Kent led off the top of the fifth with a double. He’d walk two more batters in the inning to load them up before the opposing pitcher, Mark Gardner, ended the inning with a pop out.
It was in that inning that the Giants touched base for the first and only time of the game. Jones didn’t allow another base runner for the rest of the game in what turned out to be one of the most dominating and clutch outings from a starting pitcher in franchise history.
For a little extra icing on the cake, it was Barry Bonds who stood between Jones and the final out. He didn’t blink. Bonds swung at the first pitch and lined out to center field.