August 10, 1995: Mets Defeat Phillies in 11
|Date: August 10, 1995|
|Mets starter: Bill Pulsipher|
|Winning pitcher: Don Florence|
|Key player(s): Jose Vizcaino|
|Key play: Mets' six singles in 11th inning|
The Mets and Phillies faced each other on a Thursday night in Philadelphia. The teams concluded a three-game series with an 11-inning game. The Mets scored four times in the 11th for a 5-1 win to complete a sweep of the series at Veterans Stadium.
Phils' starter Jeff Juden shut down the Mets on two hits through the first six innings. He yielded singles to Jose Vizcaino and Rico Brogna and recorded four strikeouts. Meanwhile, Bill Pulsipher held the Phillies to two hits and struck out three batters. However, one of the hits off Bill was a home run by Mark Whiten leading off the second to give Philadelphia a 1-0 lead.
The Mets had runners at first and third base with two outs in the top of the seventh inning. With Tim Bogar at bat, Juden threw a wild pitch that allowed Vizcaino to score the tying run. Juden retired Bogar to end the inning and Pulsipher pitched a perfect bottom half. In the eighth and ninth innings, Pulsipher and the Phils' Ricky Bottalico pitched scoreless ball to send the game onward.
Phillies' reliever Heathcliff Slocumb shut down the Mets in the top of the tenth inning. In relief of Pulsipher, Don Florence pitched a perfect bottom half. Slocumb retired Jeff Kent to begin the top of the 11th before singles by Brogna and Joe Orsulak put Met runners at first and third base. Vizcaino added a single to score Brogna and give the Mets a 2-1 lead. After moving to third on Slocumb's wild pitch, Orsulak came home on Kelly Stinnett's single. Vizcaino tried to score on the hit, but was thrown out at home by left fielder Tom Marsh. Pinch-hitter Chris Jones followed with another single to bring home Stinnett. Slocumb was then replaced by Toby Borland.
Following a walk to Damon Buford, Bogar connected off Borland for the Mets' sixth single of the inning. Jones scored from second base on the hit to extend the New York lead to four runs. Borland then fanned Carl Everett for the final out of the inning.
In the bottom of the 11th, John Franco yielded a one-out single to Gregg Jefferies. He followed up by striking out Whiten and Darren Daulton to end the game. The Mets had an extra-inning victory to finish off a three-game sweep. The win for Florence was the first of his major league career.