August 18, 1995: Spiers' Bunt Beats Dodgers

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Date: August 18, 1995
Mets starter: Bobby Jones
Mets: 3
Dodgers: 2
Winning pitcher: Doug Henry
Key player(s): Brett Butler, Bill Spiers
Key play: Butler’s triple, Spiers’ single

The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. Bill Spiers’ bunt single drove home the winning run in the ninth inning for a 3-2 Mets victory over Los Angeles.

After a scoreless first, Mets’ starter Bobby Jones gave up just a single to Roberto Kelly in the top of the second. Jeff Kent drew a walk against the Dodgers’ Ramon Martinez to lead off the bottom half. On Rico Brogna’s ensuing ground out to Martinez, Kent advanced all the way to third base. Ryan Thompson hit a single to bring home Kent with the first run of the game. Butch Huskey was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Raul Mondesi. Martinez then struck out Kelly Stinnett to end the inning.

Jones and Martinez each pitched scoreless ball from the third inning to the fifth. Bobby set down the Dodgers in order in the top of the sixth and Jose Vizcaino tripled with one out in the bottom half. Carl Everett was given an intentional walk. Kent followed with a force play grounder to shortstop Jose Offerman that scored Vizcaino for a 2-0 Mets lead. Martinez then got Brogna to ground out to second baseman Chad Fonville and finish off the inning.

Tim Wallach hit a double to begin the top of the seventh. Carlos Hernandez grounded back to Jones and a walk to Fonville ensued. Mets’ reliever Don Florence got pinch-hitter Mike Piazza on a fly ball to right fielder Everett that moved Wallach to third base. Brett Butler (traded by the Mets earlier in the day) followed with a triple to score Wallach and Fonville with the tying runs. Florence retired Offerman on an inning-ending ground ball to second baseman Kent. Los Angeles reliever Antonio Osuna then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Mondesi singled against Mets’ reliever Jerry DiPoto to open the top of the eighth. Eric Karros was retired on a line drive to Everett. Kelly grounded out to third baseman Huskey and an intentional walk to Wallach followed. Pinch-hitter Delino DeShields singled to load the bases and DiPoto struck out Fonville to end the inning. With one out in the bottom half, Damon Buford got a bunt single against the Dodgers’ John Cummings. Vizcaino singled and Everett’s ground out to Fonville moved the runners to second and third. Kent was walked intentionally to load the bases. Cummings then retired Brogna on a line drive to center fielder Butler to close out the inning.

Mets’ reliever Doug Henry pitched a perfect top of the ninth. Thompson doubled off Cummings to begin the bottom half. Huskey’s sacrifice bunt against Los Angeles’s Pedro Astacio advanced Thompson to third base. Mark Guthrie came in to pitch for the Dodgers as pinch-hitter Spiers came to bat. Bill put down a bunt for a single that scored Thompson and brought the game at an end. The Mets had an exciting win.