August 1, 1993: Eight-Run Burst Decks Cards
|Date: August 1, 1993|
|Mets starter: Dwight Gooden|
|Winning pitcher: Dwight Gooden|
|Key player(s): Eddie Murray, Ryan Thompson, Joe Orsulak, Kevin Baez|
|Key play: Murray’s double and homer, Thompson’s home run, Baez’s double|
The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Sunday afternoon in St. Louis. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets scored eight runs in the eighth and ninth inning and defeated the Redbirds, 10-3.
Dwight Gooden and the Cards’ Rheal Cormier each started the game with three scoreless innings pitched. Eddie Murray and Bobby Bonilla hit back-to-back singles with two outs in the top of the fourth. Cormier got Dave Gallagher on a force play ground ball to shortstop Ozzie Smith that ended the inning and Ray Lankford doubled to open the bottom half. Todd Zeile went down on strikes and Bernard Gilkey flied out to center fielder Ryan Thompson. Brian Jordan followed with a single to drive home Lankford for a 1-0 St. Louis lead. With Rod Brewer at bat, Jordan was caught stealing second base on catcher Charlie O'Brien’s throw to shortstop Kevin Baez for the inning’s third out.
After a scoreless fifth, Thompson hit a leadoff double in the top of the sixth. O’Brien grounded out to Cormier and a home run by Murray put the Mets ahead, 2-1. Cormier got Bonilla to fly out to right fielder Jordan and retired Gallagher on an inning-ending ground ball to third baseman Zeile. Smith and Lankford drew consecutive walks with one out in the bottom half. Zeile singled to bring home Smith with the tying run. Trying to advance on the play, Lankford was out via a throw by Thompson to third baseman Bonilla. Gooden then retired Gilkey on a line drive to Thompson to close out the inning.
Cardinals’ reliever Omar Olivares hurled a scoreless top of the seventh. Gooden shut down the Redbirds in the bottom half and Thompson singled against St. Louis’s Todd Burns to begin the top of the eighth. Ryan moved to second base on O’Brien’s sacrifice bunt and came home on a double by Murray. Bonilla was given an intentional walk and Joe Orsulak singled against the Cards’ Lee Guetterman to score Murray. Jeff Kent was walked intentionally to load the bases and Chico Walker hit a grounder on which first baseman Brewer threw to catcher Tom Pagnozzi for an out at home on Bonilla. Baez followed with a double that plated Orsulak, Kent and Walker for a 7-2 Mets lead. Guetterman retired pinch-hitter Jeff McKnight on a ground ball to Smith for the final out of the inning. Mets’ reliever Pete Schourek then gave up just a walk to Zeile in the bottom half.
Thompson homered against Redbirds’ reliever Joe Magrane to lead off the top of the ninth. O’Brien hit a double and Murray flied out to center fielder Lankford. Tim Bogar doubled to score O’Brien and came home on a single by Orsulak for a 10-2 Mets lead. Magrane got Kent to fly out to Lankford and retired Walker on a ground ball to second baseman Luis Alicea to end the inning. With two outs in the bottom half, Pagnozzi homered for the Cardinals’ third run. Schourek then threw a called third strike past pinch-hitter Tracy Woodson for the game’s final out. The Mets had a victory to close out the weekend series.