August 10, 1994: Mets' Final Win Before Strike

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Date: August 10, 1994
Mets starter: Bret Saberhagen
Mets: 6
Phillies: 2
Winning pitcher: Bret Saberhagen
Key player(s): Joe Orsulak, Bobby Bonilla, Jeromy Burnitz
Key play: Mets’ three runs in 8th

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Wednesday night in Philadelphia. With the threat of a players strike looming, the teams played what would be the penultimate game of the ’94 season. The Mets recorded their last win of the year with a 6-2 triumph over the Phils.

Bret Saberhagen and Philadelphia’s David West each pitched four scoreless innings to start the game. In the top of the fifth, David Segui and Ryan Thompson got back-to-back singles with one out. A passed ball by catcher Mike Lieberthal advanced the runners to second and third base. Jeromy Burnitz grounded out to second baseman Mickey Morandini to drive home Segui. West retired Saberhagen on a fly ball to right fielder Jim Eisenreich for the third out of the inning. Bret then set down the Phillies in order in the bottom half.

West pitched a scoreless top of the sixth inning. Mariano Duncan got a one-out single in the bottom half. An ensuing triple by Eisenreich scored Duncan to tie the game at 1-1. Saberhagen walked John Kruk and got Tony Longmire to hit into an inning-ending double play. West retired the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh. Saberhagen then held the Phils to a single by Lieberthal in a scoreless bottom of the inning.

To begin the top of the eighth, Burnitz walked and moved to second on Saberhagen’s sacrifice bunt. Jose Vizcaino hit a single on which Jeromy advanced to third. Todd Hundley flied out to Eisenreich and a single by Joe Orsulak brought home Burnitz to put the Mets ahead. Bobby Bonilla singled to center field to score Vizcaino. Jeff Kent doubled off Philadelphia reliever Heathcliff Slocumb to plate Orsulak and stretch the Mets’ lead to 4-1. Trying to score on Kent’s hit, Bonilla was out at home on a relay throw by Morandini.

Saberhagen and Mets’ reliever John Franco combined for a scoreless bottom of the eighth inning. Segui singled to lead off the top of the ninth. Thompson followed with a double to send pinch-runner Fernando Vina to third. Burnitz singled to score Vina and Thompson for two more Mets runs. Phillies’ reliever Toby Borland then came in to pitch and retired the next three batters to end the inning.

Pinch-hitter Billy Hatcher doubled to begin the bottom of the ninth. Morandini grounded out to second baseman Kent to move Hatcher to third base. Lieberthal was retired on a grounder to first baseman Rico Brogna that brought home Hatcher. Franco then struck out Kevin Stocker to end the game. The Mets had what turned out to be their final victory of the strike-shortened season.