April 21, 1993: Mets Put Whipping on Giants

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Date: April 21, 1993
Mets starter: Dwight Gooden
Mets: 10
Giants: 0
Winning pitcher: Dwight Gooden
Key player(s): Dwight Gooden, Todd Hundley, Eddie Murray, Bobby Bonilla
Key play: Mets’ three home runs

The Mets faced the Giants on a Wednesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the middle match of a three-game series. The Mets pounded out twelve hits in a 10-0 win over San Francisco.

Dwight Gooden and the Giants’ Jeff Brantley each pitched two scoreless innings to start the game. In the third, Gooden set down the side in order in the top half and Tony Fernandez doubled with two outs in the bottom of the inning. Eddie Murray hit a single to score Fernandez with the first run of the game. Brantley retired Bobby Bonilla on an inning-ending fly ball to left fielder Barry Bonds. Gooden then yielded only a single to Matt Williams in the top of the fourth.

Howard Johnson singled to lead off the bottom of the fourth inning. Jeff Kent followed with a single and Ryan Thompson was called out on strikes. Todd Hundley hit a three-run homer for a 4-0 Mets lead. Gooden lined out to center fielder Dave Martinez and an error by Bonds allowed Vince Coleman to reach base. Brantley got Fernandez to fly out to Martinez and end the inning. Gooden then hurled a scoreless top of the fifth.

Murray singled against San Francisco reliever Bryan Hickerson to open the bottom of the fifth inning. Bonilla followed with a homer to increase the Mets’ lead to six runs. Johnson went down on strikes and Kent drew a walk. Thompson also walked and Hundley popped out to first baseman Will Clark. Gooden grounded out to second baseman Robby Thompson to close out the inning and shut down the Giants in the top of the sixth. With one out in the bottom half, Fernandez drew a walk. Murray homered to extend the New York lead to 8-0. Bonilla was struck out and Johnson doubled to left field. Hickerson then fanned Kent for the inning’s final out.

Gooden limited the Giants to a single by Mike Benjamin in the top of the seventh. Ryan Thompson doubled against San Francisco’s Kevin Rogers to begin the bottom of the inning. Hundley was hit by a pitch and pinch-hitter Tim Bogar (in his major league debut) was called out on strikes. Coleman flied out to Bonds and a passed ball by catcher Jeff Reed advanced Ryan Thompson to third base and Hundley to second. Fernandez got an infield single to score Ryan Thompson and send Hundley to third. Todd came home on a wild pitch for the Mets’ tenth run of the game and a walk to Murray followed. Bonilla then hit a single on which Murray was caught and tagged out by Robby Thompson to finish off the inning.

Mets’ reliever Mike Draper pitched a scoreless top of the eighth. Rogers set down all three New York batters in the bottom half. Reed hit a single to open the top of the ninth inning. Pinch-hitter Todd Benzinger and Darren Lewis were retired on consecutive fly balls to left fielder Coleman. Draper then got Willie McGee to hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Bogar and end the game. The Mets had a solid shutout victory.