August 18, 1993: Mets Wallop Reds With 12 Hits

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Date: August 18, 1993
Mets starter: Frank Tanana
Mets: 12
Reds: 2
Winning pitcher: Frank Tanana
Key player(s): Frank Tanana, Joe Orsulak, Jeromy Burnitz, Todd Hundley
Key play: Tanana’s and Orsulak’s triples, Burnitz’s and Hundley’s home runs

The Mets faced the Reds on a Wednesday night in Cincinnati. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets pounded out a total of twelve hits in a 12-2 win.

Todd Hundley hit a single with one out in the top of the first inning. Eddie Murray singled and Bobby Bonilla flied out to right fielder Tim Costo. Joe Orsulak followed with a triple to drive home Hundley and Murray. Reds’ starter Tim Pugh retired Jeff Kent on a line drive to center fielder Greg Tubbs for the third out. For the Mets, Frank Tanana pitched a perfect bottom half.

Pugh held the Mets to a single by Tanana in the top of the second. Frank set down the side in order in the bottom half and Pugh hurled a scoreless top of the third. To begin the bottom of the inning, Jeff Branson and Willie Greene hit back-to-back home runs to tie the game at 2-2. Pugh went down on strikes and Tubbs grounded out to third baseman Bonilla. Tanana then got Hal Morris to ground out to first baseman Murray and end the inning.

Orsulak hit a leadoff double in the top of the fourth. Kent drew a walk and Jeromy Burnitz homered for a 5-2 Mets lead. Kevin Baez popped out to shortstop Greene and a fly ball by Tanana was caught by left fielder Kevin Mitchell. Pugh fanned Ryan Thompson for the inning’s final out and Tanana yielded only a single to Costo in the bottom half. Pugh set down the Mets in order in the top of the fifth. Tanana then retired all three Cincinnati batters in the bottom of the inning.

Kent drew a one-out walk in the top of the sixth. Burnitz and Baez followed with walks to load the bases and Pugh was replaced on the mound by Reds’ reliever Jerry Spradlin. Tanana greeted Spradlin with a triple that drove home Kent, Burnitz and Baez. Thompson popped out to second baseman Branson and a two-run homer by Hundley increased the Mets’ lead to 10-2. Spradlin retired Murray on an inning-ending line drive to Tubbs. Tanana then gave up just a double to Morris in the bottom half.

Cincinnati reliever Johnny Ruffin yielded only a single to Orsulak in the top of the seventh inning. Tanana hurled a scoreless bottom half and Baez drew a walk to begin the top of the eighth. Tanana reached on Branson’s error and consecutive strikeouts of Thompson and Hundley ensued. Pinch-hitter Dave Gallagher singled to drive home Baez for an 11-2 New York lead. Ruffin got Jeff McKnight on a ground ball to Branson that closed out the inning. Tanana then retired the Reds 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Orsulak doubled against Cincinnati reliever Kevin Wickander to lead off the top of the ninth. Kent grounded back to Wickander and a walk to Burnitz followed. Baez was called out on strikes and a single by pinch-hitter Chico Walker (the Mets’ twelfth hit) scored Orsulak with the twelfth New York run of the game. Thompson was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Wickander then got Hundley on a force play grounder to Greene to finish off the inning.

Mets’ reliever Jeff Innis retired Morris on a fly ball to left fielder Orsulak to begin the bottom of the ninth. Costo flied out to right fielder Burnitz. Innis then got Brian Dorsett to ground out to third baseman McKnight and end the game. The Mets had an easy victory to conclude the series.