April 19, 1994: Mets Win Early Scoring Battle

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Date: April 19, 1994
Mets starter: Bret Saberhagen
Mets: 4
Padres: 3
Winning pitcher: Bret Saberhagen
Key player(s): Jeff Kent, Ryan Thompson, John Franco
Key play: Kent’s and Thompson’s singles in 3rd

The Mets faced the Padres on a Tuesday night in San Diego. The teams played the latter half of a two-game series. In a game that started out a hitting battle, the Mets came away with a 4-3 win.

Jose Vizcaino doubled against Padres’ starter Andy Benes to lead off the top of the first inning. David Segui went down on strikes and Kevin McReynolds hit a single that drove home Vizcaino. Bobby Bonilla was struck out and Jeff Kent flied out to right fielder Tony Gwynn to end the inning. A single by Bip Roberts opened the bottom half. Roberts stole second base and came home on Gwynn’s single to left field. Derek Bell got an infield single and advanced to third on Bill Bean’s single that scored Gwynn. Phil Clark hit a double to drive home Bell and increase the San Diego lead to 3-1. Keith Lockhart grounded out to Mets’ starter Bret Saberhagen. With Craig Shipley at bat, Bean got caught between bases and was tagged out by Saberhagen. Bret then threw a called third strike past Shipley to close out the inning.

Joe Orsulak hit a leadoff single in the top of the second. Ryan Thompson went down on strikes and Todd Hundley doubled to bring home Orsulak. Benes retired Saberhagen on a fly ball to center fielder Bell and struck out Vizcaino to finish off the inning. Saberhagen then set down all three Padres hitters in the bottom half.

Segui hit a double to begin the top of the third. McReynolds singled and Bonilla was struck out. Kent followed with a single that scored Segui and tied the game at 3-3. Orsulak hit a force play ground ball to second baseman Roberts. Thompson singled to score McReynolds and put the Mets ahead by a run. Benes fanned Hundley for the inning’s final out. Saberhagen then retired the side in order in the bottom half.

Saberhagen and Benes each pitched scoreless ball from the fourth inning to the sixth. Bonilla drew a two-out walk against Benes in the top of the seventh. Kent singled to send Bonilla to third base and San Diego reliever Pedro Martinez retired pinch-hitter John Cangelosi on a fly ball to Gwynn for the third out of the inning. Saberhagen then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Thompson and Hundley got back-to-back singles to begin the top of the eighth. Saberhagen followed with a bunt on which third baseman Archi Cianfrocco threw to shortstop Shipley for an out at third on Thompson. Vizcaino hit a force play grounder to second baseman Lockhart. Segui was struck out to end the inning and Saberhagen yielded only a single to Bell in the bottom half. Martinez then limited the Mets to a single by Kent in the top of the ninth.

Shipley singled against Mets’ reliever John Franco to open the bottom of the ninth inning. Franco struck out pinch-hitter Brian Johnson and followed up by throwing a called third strike past pinch-hitter Dave Staton. John then fanned Cianfrocco to bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory to close out the two-game set.