April 23, 1993: Bonilla and Hundley Pound Padres

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Date: April 23, 1993
Mets starter: Frank Tanana
Mets: 6
Padres: 1
Winning pitcher: Frank Tanana
Key player(s): Frank Tanana, Bobby Bonilla, Todd Hundley
Key play: Bonilla’s and Hundley’s home runs

The Mets faced the Padres on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. Bobby Bonilla and Todd Hundley provided all the Mets’ scoring with three home runs between them in a 6-1 win over San Diego.

Mets’ starter Frank Tanana set down the side in order in the top of the first inning. With two outs in the bottom half, Eddie Murray drew a walk against the Padres’ Greg Harris. Bonilla followed with a homer for a 2-0 Mets lead. Howard Johnson drew a walk and stole second base. Ryan Thompson was retired on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Derek Bell, who hit a one-out single in the top of the second. Bell went to second base on Tim Teufel’s single and stole third. On a third strike to Phil Clark, Teufel moved to second and Bell came home via a double steal. Dan Walters was walked intentionally to load the bases and Harris flied out to right fielder Bonilla to finish off the inning. Harris then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Tanana and Harris each pitched scoreless ball from the third inning to the sixth. Frank gave up only a single Ricky Gutierrez in the top of the seventh. With two outs in the bottom of the inning, Hundley homered for the Mets’ third run of the game. Tanana flied out the Bell to end the inning and retired all three San Diego batters in the top of the eighth. Vince Coleman singled against Harris to open the bottom half. Tony Fernandez was retired on a fly ball to Bell. Pat Gomez came in to pitch for the Padres and gave up a single to Murray. Bonilla followed with his second homer of the game for three more New York runs. Gomez then got Johnson to fly out to Bell and retired Thompson on a grounder to shortstop Gutierrez to close out the inning.

Mets’ reliever Mike Maddux retired pinch-hitter Darrell Sherman on a fly ball to left fielder Coleman to start the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Guillermo Velasquez was called out on strikes. Maddux then got Walters to ground out to third baseman Johnson and end the game. The Mets had a victory on the strength of three home runs.