April 14, 1993: Fernandez Leads Mets Past Rockies

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Date: April 14, 1993
Mets starter: Sid Fernandez
Mets: 6
Rockies: 3
Winning pitcher: Sid Fernandez
Key player(s): Sid Fernandez, Vince Coleman, Bobby Bonilla
Key play: Coleman’s two hits, Bonilla’s single

The Mets faced the Rockies on a Wednesday night in Denver. The teams played the second of three games in a series at Mile High Stadium. Sid Fernandez pitched one-hit ball over five innings and the Mets rolled to a 6-3 win over Colorado.

Vince Coleman tripled against Rockies’ starter Bryn Smith to lead off the top of the first. Tony Fernandez followed with a sacrifice fly to drive home Coleman with the first run of the game. Eddie Murray reached on second baseman Eric Young’s error and a double by Bobby Bonilla ensued. Smith retired both Howard Johnson and Jeff Kent on infield pop-ups for the second and third outs. Sid Fernandez then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Ryan Thompson hit a single to begin the top of the second. Thompson advanced to second base after Todd Hundley’s fly out to center fielder Dante Bichette and to third on Sid Fernandez’s sacrifice bunt. Coleman singled to score Thompson for a 2-0 Mets lead and stole second. Smith retired Tony Fernandez on an inning-ending fly ball to Bichette. Sid then surrendered just a walk to Bichette in the bottom half.

Smith and El Sid each pitched scoreless third and fourth innings. Kent was hit by a pitch with two outs in the top of the fifth. Jeff moved to third base on Thompson’s single and came home on a wild pitch. Hundley was given an intentional walk and Smith fanned Sid Fernandez to end the inning. To begin the bottom half, Andres Galarraga singled for the Rockies’ first hit of the game. Bichette was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Bonilla. With Dale Murphy at bat, Galarraga was caught stealing on catcher Hundley’s throw to second baseman Kent. Sid then issued a walk to Murphy and got Joe Girardi on a fly ball to left fielder Coleman that closed out the inning.

Tony Fernandez and Murray got back-to-back singles against Smith with one out in the top of the sixth. Colorado reliever Scott Aldred got Bonilla to hit a ground ball to shortstop Freddie Benavides for an inning-ending double play. Alex Cole hit a one-out single against the Mets’ Mike Draper in the bottom half. Young grounded to third baseman Johnson for a double play to finish off the inning. Aldred gave up only a walk to Johnson in the top of the seventh. Draper then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Draper singled for his first major league hit to open the top of the eighth. Coleman reached on Benavides’ error and a sacrifice bunt by Tony Fernandez advanced the runners to second and third base. Murray was walked intentionally to load the bases. Bonilla followed with a single that scored Draper and Coleman for a 5-0 Mets lead. Johnson walked to reload the bases and Aldred was replaced on the mound by Rockies’ reliever Steve Reed. Kent hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Murray with the sixth New York run. Reed then got Thompson to fly out to right fielder Bichette (who had shifted from center) and end the inning.

Bichette and pinch-hitter Daryl Boston got consecutive singles against Draper to begin the bottom of the eighth. Girardi and Benavides were retired on outfield line drives and Cole singled to load the bases. Young followed with a triple that plated Bichette, Boston and Cole. Mets’ reliever Mike Maddux retired Jerald Clark on a grounder to shortstop Tony Fernandez for the inning’s third out. Colorado’s Gary Wayne then yielded just a single to Dave Gallagher in the top of the ninth.

Charlie Hayes grounded out to Johnson to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning. Galarraga singled and Bichette grounded out to Kent. Maddux then walked Boston and got Girardi on a ground ball to Tony Fernandez that ended the game. The Mets had a solid victory.