April 16, 1994: Timely Hitting Clubs Astros

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Date: April 16, 1994
Mets starter: Dwight Gooden
Mets: 9
Astros: 1
Winning pitcher: Dwight Gooden
Key player(s): Todd Hundley, David Segui, Ryan Thompson
Key play: Hundley's double, Segui's single, Thompson's double

The Mets faced the Astros on a Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the second of three games in a weekend series. A trio of two-run hits with two outs led the Mets to a 9-1 win over Houston.

After a scoreless first inning, Mets' starter Dwight Gooden yielded only a single to Luis Gonzalez in the top of the second. Joe Orsulak singled against the Astros' Brian Williams to lead off the bottom half. Jeff Kent popped out to shortstop Andujar Cedeno and a walk to David Segui ensued. Ryan Thompson lined out to left fielder Gonzalez and a double by Todd Hundley drove home Orsulak and Segui. Williams then retired Gooden on a ground ball to second baseman Craig Biggio to end the inning.

Gooden and Williams each pitched scoreless ball in the third and fourth. Dwight gave up just a single to Williams in the top of the fifth and Hundley reached on an error by first baseman Jeff Bagwell to begin the bottom of the inning. Hundley advanced to second base on Gooden's sacrifice bunt and to third on a single by Jose Vizcaino. Fernando Vina singled to score Hundley with the Mets' third run and Kevin McReynolds flied out to Gonzalez. Orsulak drew a walk to load the bases and Kent walked to force home Vizcaino. Segui singled against Houston reliever Tom Edens to bring home Vina and Orsulak for a 6-0 Mets lead. Edens then struck out Thompson to finish off the inning.

Gooden fanned two hitters in hurling a scoreless top of the sixth. To open the bottom half, Hundley singled and moved to third base on a single by pinch-hitter Jeromy Burnitz. Vizcaino followed with a sacrifice fly to score Hundley with the Mets' seventh run of the game. Edens got Vina to hit a grounder to Bagwell for an inning-ending double play. Mets' reliever Mike Maddux then pitched a perfect top of the seventh.

McReynolds doubled to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning. Orsulak was retired on a pop-up to third baseman Ken Caminiti. Kent was called out on strikes and Segui drew a walk. Thompson hit a double that plated McReynolds and Segui, increasing the Mets' lead to 9-0. Edens then retired Hundley on a fly ball to Gonzalez for the inning's final out.

With two outs in the top of the eighth, Steve Finley homered for the Astros' first run. Biggio went down on strikes to end the inning and Houston's Mike Hampton set down the side in order in the bottom half. Bagwell flied out to right fielder John Cangelosi to open the top of the ninth. Gonzalez grounded out to shortstop Luis Rivera. Maddux then got Caminiti to fly out to Cangelosi and end the game. The Mets had a solid victory that featured some clutch hitting.