April 22, 1994: Burnitz and Segui Help Jones Slay Giants
|Date: April 22, 1994|
|Mets starter: Bobby Jones|
|Winning pitcher: Bobby Jones|
|Key player(s): Bobby Jones, Jeromy Burnitz, David Segui|
|Key play: Burnitz’s and Segui’s home runs|
The Mets faced the Giants on a Friday night in San Francisco. The teams began a three-game series at Candlestick Park. Jeromy Burnitz and David Segui hit home runs that produced a 3-1 win for the Mets.
To start the game, Bobby Jones and the Giants’ Mark Portugal each had six scoreless innings pitched. The Mets had collected three singles, two walks and a hit batsman, but did not score against Portugal. Jones held the Giants without a run despite three bases on balls in the bottom of the first and yielded only a pair of singles over the next five innings. The pitchers chalked up four strikeouts apiece through the end of the sixth.
Jeff Kent popped out to second baseman Robby Thompson to begin the top of the seventh inning. Burnitz followed with a homer for the first run of the game. Portugal struck out Ryan Thompson and retired Kelly Stinnett on a ground ball to third baseman Matt Williams for the third out of the inning. Jones then set down all three San Francisco batters in the bottom half.
Fernando Vina got a bunt single with one out in the top of the eighth. Segui hit a home run to extend the Mets’ lead to 3-0. Kevin McReynolds singled and advanced to third base on an ensuing single by Bobby Bonilla. Giants’ reliever Dave Burba came in and retired Kent on a pop-up to first baseman Todd Benzinger. Burba struck out Burnitz to close out the inning. Jones then pitched a perfect bottom half.
Burba shut down the Mets in the top of the ninth. To open the bottom of the inning, Willie McGee homered off Mets’ reliever John Franco. Williams grounded out and Barry Bonds popped out, both to shortstop Vina. Franco then got Benzinger on a ground ball to third baseman Tim Bogar that ended the game. The Mets had a victory to start the weekend series.