April 7, 1993: Saberhagen and Maddux Combine on Two-Hitter

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Date: April 7, 1993
Mets starter: Bret Saberhagen
Mets: 6
Rockies: 1
Winning pitcher: Bret Saberhagen
Key player(s): Bret Saberhagen, Tony Fernandez, Bobby Bonilla Todd Hundley
Key play: Bonilla’s single in 1st, Fernandez’s single in 2nd

The Mets faced the Rockies on a Wednesday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams completed a two-game series to begin the season. Bret Saberhagen and Mike Maddux combined for a two-hitter as the Mets defeated Colorado, 6-1.

Saberhagen pitched a scoreless top of the first inning. In the bottom half, Rockies’ starter Bruce Ruffin issued a one-out walk to Tony Fernandez and allowed Eddie Murray to reach base on a fielder’s choice grounder. Bobby Bonilla singled to score Fernandez from second base for a 1-0 Mets lead. Ruffin struck out Howard Johnson and retired Jeff Kent on a ground ball to third baseman Charlie Hayes. Saberhagen then set down Colorado in order in the top of the second inning.

Dave Gallagher singled to open the bottom of the second. An ensuing double by Todd Hundley moved Gallagher to third. Saberhagen grounded out back to the mound and Ruffin struck out Vince Coleman. Fernandez followed with a single that brought home Gallagher and Hundley. Murray struck out to end the inning. The Rockies were then retired 1-2-3 by Saberhagen in the top of the third.

Bonilla singled and Johnson walked to begin the bottom of the third inning. Kent grounded out to Hayes and an intentional walk to Gallagher loaded the bases. Hundley singled to score Bonilla and extend the Mets’ lead to 4-0. Saberhagen hit a grounder to second baseman Eric Young for an inning-ending double play. Bret then kept Colorado scoreless and hitless in the top of the fourth.

Ruffin yielded a single to Coleman and a walk to Fernandez to start the bottom of the fourth inning. Against reliever Scott Aldred, Murray doubled to bring home Coleman. Bonilla hit a grounder on which Fernandez was tagged out by Hayes with Murray advancing to third base. Johnson popped out to shortstop Freddie Benavides. After Bonilla stole second, Aldred threw a wild pitch that scored Murray with the Mets’ sixth run. Kent walked and Gallagher hit a fly ball to left fielder Jerald Clark for the third out. Saberhagen and Aldred then pitched a scoreless and hitless fifth inning.

In the top of the sixth, pinch-hitter Jim Tatum got a one-out single for the Rockies’ first hit of the game. Young followed with a ground ball to shortstop Fernandez for a double play. Colorado reliever Willie Blair retired the Mets in order in the bottom of the inning. A home run by Dante Bichette gave the Rockies their first run (both in the game and team history) with one out in the top of the seventh. Saberhagen set down Andres Galarraga and Clark on infield grounders for the final outs of the inning. Colorado’s Jeff Parrett then shut down the Mets in the bottom half.

Saberhagen retired Hayes and Joe Girardi on infield ground balls to start the top of the eighth inning. Benavides reached first base on an error by Fernandez. Pinch-hitter Daryl Boston flied out to left fielder Coleman to end the inning. Rockies’ reliever Darren Holmes then held the Mets to a single by Murray in a scoreless bottom half.

To open the top of the ninth inning, Maddux got Young to fly out to right fielder Joe Orsulak. Alex Cole followed with a line out to Fernandez. Maddux then struck out Bichette to end the game. The Mets had their second win of the year on a combined two-hitter.