April 6, 1994: Mets Complete Three-Game Sweep of Cubs
|Date: April 6, 1994|
|Mets starter: Bobby Jones|
|Winning pitcher: Bobby Jones|
|Key player(s): Bobby Jones, Jeff Kent, Mike Maddux|
|Key play: Kent's two-run single|
The Mets faced the Cubs on a Wednesday afternoon in Chicago. The teams played the finale of a season-opening three-game series. The Mets finished off a series sweep with a 4-1 win.
Bobby Jones and the Cubs' Willie Banks each started the game with three scoreless innings pitched. David Segui drew a walk to open the top of the fourth. Segui advanced to second base on a passed ball and to third on a wild pitch. Joe Orsulak hit a sacrifice fly to score Segui with the first run of the game. Banks got Bobby Bonilla to ground out to second baseman Ryne Sandberg and retired Jeff Kent on an inning-ending line drive to shortstop Rey Sanchez. Jones then hurled a scoreless bottom half.
Following a scoreless fifth inning, Jose Vizcaino hit a one-out double in the top of the sixth. Segui drew a walk and Orsulak hit a force play grounder to first baseman Steve Buechele. Bonilla singled to drive home Vizcaino and a wild pitch put Mets runners on second and third base. An ensuing single by Kent plated Orsulak and Bonilla for a 4-0 New York lead. Blaine Ilsley came in to pitch for Chicago and struck out Jeromy Burnitz to end the inning. Jones then set down all three Cubs batters in the bottom half.
Chicago reliever Anthony Young retired the side in order in the top of the seventh. Buechele got an infield single with two outs in the bottom of the inning. Pinch-hitter Eddie Zambrano doubled to score Buechele with the Cubs' first run and Jones retired pinch-hitter Mark Grace on an inning-ending fly ball to right fielder Burnitz. Chicago's Dan Plesac hurled a scoreless top of the eighth. For the Mets, reliever Mike Maddux pitched a perfect bottom half.
Cubs' reliever Randy Myers pitched a scoreless top of the ninth inning. Derrick May grounded back to Maddux to lead off the bottom half. Sammy Sosa was retired on a ground ball to shortstop Vizcaino. Maddux then got Rick Wilkins on a fly ball to left fielder Orsulak to end the game. The Mets had begun the season with a three-game series sweep.