April 5, 1994: Three Doubles in 3rd Down Cubs

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Date: April 5, 1994
Mets starter: Pete Smith
Mets: 6
Cubs: 2
Winning pitcher: Pete Smith
Key player(s): David Segui, Jeff Kent, Kelly Stinnett
Key play: Mets’ three doubles in 3rd

The Mets faced the Cubs on a Tuesday afternoon at Wrigley Field. The teams played the second game of a season-opening series. The Mets collected three doubles that produced five runs in the third inning in a 6-2 win over Chicago.

Jose Vizcaino drew a walk against Cubs’ starter Jose Guzman to lead off the top of the first inning. David Segui grounded out to shortstop Rey Sanchez and a single by Joe Orsulak drove home Vizcaino from second base. Bobby Bonilla drew a walk and Jeff Kent flied out to center fielder Tuffy Rhodes. Guzman retired Jeromy Burnitz on an inning-ending pop-up to second baseman Ryne Sandberg. Mets’ starter Pete Smith then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Guzman set down the Mets in order in the top of the second. To begin the bottom of the inning, Rick Wilkins got an infield single and stole second base. Steve Buechele singled to score Wilkins and tie the game at 1-1. Jose Hernandez followed with a ground ball back to Smith for a double play. Pete then got Guzman to ground out to shortstop Vizcaino and end the inning.

Leading off the top of the third, Vizcaino drew his second consecutive walk. An ensuing double by Segui plated Vizcaino with the go-ahead run. Orsulak flied out to center fielder Rhodes and a walk to Bonilla ensued. Kent doubled to drive home Segui and Bonilla for a 4-1 Mets lead. Burnitz drew a walk and Guzman was replaced on the mound by Chicago reliever Shawn Boskie. Kelly Stinnett greeted Boskie with a double for his first major league hit, scoring Kent and Burnitz with the Mets’ fifth and sixth runs of the game. Boskie got Ryan Thompson to ground out to Sanchez and retired Smith on a line drive to third baseman Hernandez that closed out the inning. Smith then held the Cubs to a leadoff single by Rhodes in the bottom half.

Smith and Boskie each pitched scoreless ball in the fourth and fifth innings. Chicago’s Jose Bautista retired the side in order in the top of the sixth. Derrick May opened the bottom of the inning with a single to center field. Sammy Sosa reached on an error by Vizcaino and a pop-up by Wilkins was caught by catcher Stinnett. May advanced to third base on Buechele’s fly out to center fielder Thompson. Hernandez grounded out to third baseman Bonilla to end the inning. Bautista then set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh.

Shawon Dunston hit a double to begin the bottom of the seventh inning. Rhodes went down on strikes and Sanchez flied out to Thompson. Sandberg hit a single to bring home Dunston with the Cubs’ second run. Smith got May on a line drive to first baseman Segui for the inning’s final out. Cubs’ reliever Dan Plesac retired all three batters in the top of the eighth. For the Mets, reliever Jonathan Hurst pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Plesac shut down the Mets in the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Eddie Zambrano flied out to left fielder John Cangelosi to open the bottom of the inning. Hurst then issued a walk to Rhodes and got Sanchez to hit a ground ball to Vizcaino for a game-ending double play. The Mets had their second straight victory to start the season.