April 27, 1994: Vina's Single in 15th Beats Padres

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Date: April 27, 1994
Mets starter: Bobby Jones
Mets: 3
Padres: 2
Winning pitcher: Doug Linton
Key player(s): Fernando Vina, Kevin McReynolds
Key play: Vina's single in 15th

The Mets and Padres played on a Wednesday night at Shea Stadium. The game took place in wet field conditions and lasted nearly five hours. The Mets came out of it with a 3-2 win over San Diego in 15 innings.

Bobby Jones started for the Mets against the Padres' Andy Ashby. Jones retired the side in the first, but the Padres had runners reach second base in each of the next five innings. Despite the scoring chances, San Diego failed to plate any runs against Bobby. Meanwhile, the Mets got back-to-back doubles from Bobby Bonilla and Jeff Kent in the fifth and a home run from Kevin McReynolds in the sixth against Ashby to take a 2-0 lead.

In the seventh, the Padres once again had a runner in scoring position. Bip Roberts walked and went to third Tony Gwynn's single. Josias Manzanillo replaced Jones and gave up a double to Derek Bell to score Roberts. Gwynn then came home on an infield out to tie the game.

Manzanillo retired the Padres in order in the eighth with three strikeouts. Mauro Gozzo and John Franco followed with two innings each of shutout relief. However, the Mets could not break the tie as Ashby and three Padre relievers shut them down through the twelfth inning.

In the thirteenth, Doug Linton came on to pitch. Linton added three more innings of shutout relief for the Mets, allowing only three San Diego singles. Doug struck out Phil Clark with two runners on base to end the fourteenth and got the Padres out 1-2-3 in the fifteenth.

Tim Mauser took the mound for the Padres in the bottom of the 15th. McReynolds led off with a single and moved to second on a ground out. Pinch-hitter Luis Rivera fouled out and Fernando Vina came up to bat. Vina hit a single between first and second to score McReynolds with the winning run. It was a happy ending for the Mets on a long, wet night.