August 2, 1994: Mets Win with Three Runs in 8th
|Date: August 2, 1994|
|Mets starter: Mike Remlinger|
|Winning pitcher: Mike Remlinger|
|Key player(s): Rico Brogna, Mike Remlinger, Bobby Bonilla, Jeff Kent|
|Key play: Bonilla's doubles, Kent's single, Brogna's home run|
The Mets faced the Braves on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the second of a three-game series in front of 22,635 fans. The Mets scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning for a 4-1 win over Atlanta.
Mike Remlinger and the Braves' Kent Mercker each started the game with three scoreless innings apiece. Remlinger gave up doubles to Mike Kelly and Terry Pendleton and a pair of walks, but no Atlanta runs. Meanwhile, the Mets came up empty with three singles off Mercker. The pitchers combined for four strikeouts in the three innings.
In the top of the fourth, Remlinger walked David Justice and yielded a single to Pendleton. After an out, Mark Lemke reached on an error by third baseman Bobby Bonilla to load the bases. Mercker hit a sacrifice fly to score Justice for the first run of the game. Remlinger then retired Dave Gallagher to end the inning.
Bonilla doubled off Mercker to begin the bottom of the fourth. Bobby moved to third on Jeff Kent's ground out and scored the tying run on David Segui's infield single. Mercker completed the rest of the inning with no further scoring. From the fifth inning to the seventh, Remlinger and Mercker pitched shutout ball while giving up only one hit each.
In the top of the eighth inning, Remlinger shut down the Braves once again. Facing Atlanta's Steve Bedrosian, Bonilla led off the bottom half with his second double of the game. Kent followed with a single to score Bonilla and put the Mets ahead, 2-1. After Segui flied out, Rico Brogna homered for two more Met runs. Braves' reliever Mark Wohlers then recorded the last two outs of the inning.
John Franco came in to pitch for the Mets in the top of the ninth. Franco gave up a leadoff single to Bill Pecota and got Gallagher to hit into a force play. John retired Jeff Blauser on a fly ball to left fielder Joe Orsulak for the second out of the inning. He then struck out Kelly to end the game. The Mets had a victory on the strength of three late runs.