August 25, 1995: Fourteen Hits Pound Padres

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Date: August 25, 1995
Mets starter: Jason Isringhausen
Mets: 10
Padres: 5
Winning pitcher: Jason Isringhausen
Key player(s): Carl Everett, Rico Brogna, Butch Huskey
Key play: Huskey’s home run, Everett’s grand slam, Brogna’s homer and single

The Mets faced the Padres on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the second of four games in a weekend series. The Mets collected fourteen hits in a 10-5 win over San Diego.

Tony Gwynn and Ken Caminiti got back-to-back singles with two outs in the top of the first inning. Scott Livingstone singled to drive home Gwynn with the first run of the game. On his own hit, Livingstone advanced to second base via a throw as Caminiti went to third. Mets’ starter Jason Isringhausen threw a wild pitch that scored Caminiti for a 2-0 Padres lead. Archi Cianfrocco hit a ground ball to third baseman Butch Huskey for the third out. San Diego’s Willie Blair then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Isringhausen shut down the Padres in the top of the second. Rico Brogna homered to lead off the bottom of the inning. Ryan Thompson grounded out to third baseman Caminiti and consecutive singles by Huskey and Kelly Stinnett ensued. Isringhausen singled to load the bases and Damon Buford grounded to Caminiti for an inning-ending double play. Jason hurled a perfect top of the third. Blair then held the Mets to a single by Jeff Kent in the bottom half.

Following a scoreless fourth, Isringhausen surrendered only a walk to Brian Johnson in the top of the fifth. Jason hit a single to begin the bottom of the inning. Buford reached on an error by Blair and a bunt single by Jose Vizcaino loaded the bases. Carl Everett slugged a grand slam to put the Mets ahead, 5-2. Kent lined out to right fielder Gwynn and a single by Brogna followed. San Diego reliever Dustin Hermanson struck out Thompson. Huskey hit a two-run homer to increase the New York lead to 7-2. Hermanson then hit Stinnett with a pitch and got Isringhausen on a force play grounder to Caminiti that finished off the inning.

With one out in the top of the sixth, Caminiti singled and stole second base. Livingstone hit a single to score Caminiti and a single by Cianfrocco ensued. Isringhausen fanned both Jody Reed and Johnson for the inning’s final outs and Everett drew a two-out walk in the bottom half. Kent hit a single and Brogna singled to bring home Everett. Thompson followed with a double that plated Kent for a 9-3 Mets lead. Hermanson then retired Huskey on a line drive to left fielder Bip Roberts to end the inning.

Mets’ reliever Blas Minor set down the side in order in the top of the seventh. For the Padres, Ron Villone hurled a perfect bottom half. Minor retired all three batters in the top of the eighth and Vizcaino singled (the Mets’ fourteenth hit) against San Diego’s Bryce Florie to lead off the bottom of the inning. Vizcaino moved to second base on Everett’s ground out to Caminiti and to third on a balk. Kent grounded out to second baseman Reed to drive home Vizcaino with the Mets’ tenth run. Florie then fanned Brogna to close out the inning.

Minor struck out Cianfrocco to open the top of the ninth. Reed hit a single and Johnson reached on an error by third baseman Bill Spiers. Melvin Nieves walked to load the bases and a wild pitch scored Reed. Steve Finley’s ground out to shortstop Tim Bogar brought home Johnson from third base for the fifth San Diego run. Minor then struck out Phil Clark to end the game. The Mets had their second straight victory over the Padres.

Notes

  • The save for Minor was his only one as a Met