August 11, 1994: Last Game Before Strike
|Date: August 11, 1994|
|Mets starter: Jason Jacome|
|Winning pitcher: Tom Edens|
|Key player(s): Mauro Gozzo, Ricky Jordan|
|Key play: Jordan's game-winning signle in 15th|
With a player's strike looming and the season in jeopardy, the Mets concluded a four-game series versus the Phillies in Philadelphia. The game went 15 innings and the Phillies came away with a 2-1 season before the season ended the next day.
Jason Jacome got the start for the Mets while Fernando Valenzuela got the start for the Phillies. The latter allowed a home run to Jim Lindeman in the fourth to put the Mets up 1-0, but the Phillies tied it in the fifth off of Jacome when Randy Ready hit a leadoff single, moved to third on Todd Pratt's double, and scored on Billy Hatcher's ground out. Jacome pitched seven innings, allowing one run on six hits and a walk while Valenzuela pitched eight innings, allowing one run on four hits and a walk.
Three Met relievers pitched four shutout innings, allowing just two hits, while three Philly relievers held the Mets to five hits through the last seven innings. Mauro Gozzo pitched two shutout innings, allowing two walks and a hit, but faltered in the fourth, allowing a leadoff single to Billy Hatcher, who moved to second on a wild pitch, then to third on Kevin Stocker's sacrifice fly. The Mets then intentionally walked John Kruk, who was replaced by pinch runner Danny Jackson, and Lenny Dykstra to load the bases. Gozzo struck out Kim Bastite before Ricky Jordan singled to left on his first pitch, scoring Hatcher to end the game, the teams' last for 1994.