April 17, 1993: RBI Singles Beat Reds

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Date: April 17, 1993
Mets starter: Frank Tanana
Mets: 4
Reds: 1
Winning pitcher: Frank Tanana
Key player(s): Vince Coleman, Eddie Murray, Charlie O'Brien
Key play: Mets’ run-scoring singles

The Mets faced the Reds on a Saturday afternoon in Cincinnati. The teams played the second of three games in a series. The Mets had three singles that brought home four runs for a 4-1 win.

Tony Fernandez drew a one-out walk against Reds’ starter John Smiley in the top of the first inning. Eddie Murray singled to advance Fernandez to third base and Bobby Bonilla hit a double play ground ball to shortstop Barry Larkin that ended the inning. With one out in the bottom half, Roberto Kelly tripled against the Mets’ Frank Tanana. Larkin followed with a single to score Kelly for a 1-0 Cincinnati lead. Tanana then got Kevin Mitchell to fly out to center fielder Ryan Thompson and retired Chris Sabo on a fly ball to right fielder Bonilla to finish off the inning.

Tanana and Smiley each pitched scoreless ball from the second inning to the fifth. Charlie O'Brien got a leadoff single in the top of the sixth. O’Brien moved to second base on Tanana’s sacrifice bunt and came around to score on a single by Vince Coleman. On his own hit, Coleman went to second via a throw. Fernandez grounded out to first baseman Randy Milligan and a single by Murray plated Coleman for a 2-1 Mets lead. Smiley retired Bonilla on a grounder to Larkin for the inning’s third out. Tanana then shut down the Reds in the bottom half.

Cincinnati reliever Bill Landrum pitched a perfect top of the seventh. The Mets’ Jeff Innis set down the side in order in the bottom of the inning and pinch-hitter Joe Orsulak singled against Landrum with one out in the top of the eighth. Coleman was retired on a line drive to left fielder Mitchell. With Fernandez at bat, Orsulak stole second base. Fernandez drew a walk and Reds’ reliever Greg Cadaret retired Murray on an inning-ending fly ball to right fielder Reggie Sanders. Mets’ reliever Mike Maddux then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Bonilla drew a walk against Cincinnati reliever Rob Dibble to begin the top of the ninth. Howard Johnson walked and moved to second base (with pinch-runner Dave Gallagher going to third) on Jeff Kent’s sacrifice bunt. Thompson went down on strikes and O’Brien singled to drive home Gallagher and Johnson, increasing the Mets’ lead to three runs. With Maddux at the plate, O’Brien stole second. Dibble then fanned Maddux for the third out of the inning.

Joe Oliver grounded out to shortstop Fernandez to open the bottom of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Gary Varsho drew a walk and Bip Roberts flied out to left fielder Coleman. Maddux then got Kelly to line out to right fielder Gallagher and end the game. The Mets had a solid victory.

Notes

  • O’Brien’s stolen base was the only one of his 15-season major league career.