August 7, 1993: Mets Beat Pirates in Hitters Battle
|Date: August 7, 1993|
|Mets starter: Mike Draper|
|Winning pitcher: Mike Maddux|
|Key player(s): Ryan Thompson, Jeromy Burnitz, Chico Walker|
|Key play: Thompson's triple in 4th, Walker's double in 7th|
In the second game of a doubleheader, the Mets looked for a split against the Pirates at Shea Stadium. The game was a display of offense as the teams combined for 30 hits in the Saturday nightcap. The Mets outscored Pittsburgh, 10-8.
The Pirates got a run in each of the first three innings against Mike Draper in his first major league start. Jeff King drove in two runs with a sacrifice fly and a double and Tom Prince singled home the other. The Mets tied the game in the bottom of the third on Eddie Murray's run-scoring double and a two-run single by Bobby Bonilla.
In the bottom of the fourth, Jeff Kent singled and Jeromy Burnitz walked to start the inning. Pittsburgh starter Jeff Ballard was then replaced by Mark Petkovsek, who retired the next two batters. Ryan Thompson followed with a triple to score Kent and Burnitz and put the Mets ahead, 5-3. Thompson came home on Todd Hundley's ensuing double for another Met run.
Mets' reliever Pete Schourek pitched his second straight scoreless inning in the top of the fifth. Dave Gallagher homered off the Pirates' Dave Otto with one out in the bottom half. The Mets added another run in the inning on Kevin Baez's single off Blas Minor that brought home Burnitz, extending their lead to 8-3.
Pittsburgh got five consecutive hits and four runs against Schourek in the top of the sixth. In the seventh, they loaded the bases with one out against reliever Jeff Innis. The game was then tied, 8-8, when Mike Maddux threw a wild pitch on which Kevin Young came home to score.
With two out in the bottom of the seventh, Burnitz singled and went to second base on an error. Pirates' reliever Denny Neagle then walked Baez intentionally. Chico Walker, pinch-hitting for Maddux, followed with a double to score Burnitz to put the Mets in front. Murray added a homer in the eighth off Joel Johnston for another Met run.
Anthony Young pitched a scoreless ninth inning to end the game. The Mets had salvaged a split of the twinbill with a 17-hit attack. The victory also gave Maddux his first win as a Met.