April 29, 1995: Orsulak's Single Wins It in 11th
|Date: April 29, 1995|
|Mets starter: Pete Harnisch|
|Winning pitcher: Dave Mlicki|
|Key player(s): Joe Orsulak, Carl Everett|
|Key play: Orsulak's single|
The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The game went into extra innings in front of 44,636 fans. The Mets won it, 5-4, on Joe Orsulak's run-scoring single in the bottom of the 11th.
In the first inning, the Cards got a run against Mets' starter Pete Harnisch. With one out, Tripp Cromer and Ray Lankford hit back-to-back doubles off Harnisch, who was making his Mets debut. The Mets tied the game against St. Louis starter Donovan Osborne on a sacrifice fly by David Segui that scored Carl Everett in the bottom of the second.
In the fourth, Everett and Segui hit solo homers off Osborne to give the Mets a 3-1 lead. Rico Brogna doubled home Everett for another Met run in the sixth. Meanwhile, Harnisch shut down the Cardinals with only one additional hit through the end of the sixth inning.
Lankford led off the top of the seventh with a double off Mets' reliever Jerry DiPoto. After Scott Cooper walked with one out, John Mabry doubled to bring home Lankford. A sacrifice fly by Tom Pagnozzi that scored Cooper followed and Jose Oquendo's single plated Mabry to tie the game at 4-4. DiPoto then struck out pinch-hitter Geronimo Pena to end the inning.
In the top of the eighth, Josias Manzanillo retired the Cards in order. With a runner on second base and one out in the ninth, Mets' reliever Doug Henry struck out pinch-hitter Darnell Coles and Pagnozzi to end the inning. The Mets, meanwhile, were held scoreless and hitless by St. Louis relievers Rich DeLucia and Rene Arocha.
Henry and the Cards' Vicente Palacios each pitched a scoreless tenth inning. In the top of the 11th, Dave Mlicki retired St. Louis in order. The Mets then loaded the bases with one out against Palacios in the bottom of the inning.
Orsulak stepped up to the plate to face the Cards' righthander. Joe delivered a single that scored Bobby Bonilla to end the game. The Mets had their second straight win over St. Louis in the first weekend series on the season.