July 1, 1994: Mets Hold Off Padres Rally

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Date: July 1, 1994
Mets starter: Bobby Jones
Mets: 10
Padres: 7
Winning pitcher: Bobby Jones
Key player(s): Bobby Jones, Bobby Bonilla, Kelly Stinnett, Jim Lindeman
Key play: Mets’ home runs

The Mets faced the Padres on a Friday night in San Diego. The teams played the second of four games in a series at Jack Murphy Stadium. The Mets withstood a Padres’ comeback attempt and came away with a 10-7 win.

John Cangelosi doubled against Padres’ starter Bill Krueger to lead off the top of the first inning. Cangelosi advanced to third base on Kelly Stinnett’s ground out to second baseman Bip Roberts and scored on a single by Jim Lindeman. Bobby Bonilla slugged a two-run homer for a 3-0 Mets lead. Jeff Kent hit a double and Ryan Thompson went down on strikes. Tim Bogar drew a walk and Krueger retired Luis Rivera on a fly ball to center fielder Derek Bell for the third out. The Mets’ Bobby Jones then yielded only a single to Roberts in the bottom half.

Cangelosi got a one-out single in the top of the second. Stinnett followed with a home run to increase the Mets’ lead to 5-0. Krueger got Lindeman to fly out to right fielder Tony Gwynn and retired Bonilla on an inning-ending grounder to third baseman Scott Livingstone. Jones hurled a perfect bottom half and San Diego reliever Tim Mauser set down the side in order in the top of the third. Mauser drew a walk with one out in the bottom of the inning. Jones then struck out Roberts and got Livingstone on a grounder to second baseman Kent to finish off the inning.

Rivera drew a walk to lead off the top of the fourth. Luis moved to second base on Jones’ sacrifice bunt and came home on a single by Cangelosi. Stinnett was retired on a fly ball to Gwynn. Cangelosi stole second and Lindeman homered for an 8-0 Mets lead. Bonilla was called out on strikes to end the inning and Jones retired all three batters in the bottom half. Mauser struck out the side in order in the top of the fifth and Brian Johnson singled with two outs in the bottom of the inning. Jones then fanned pinch-hitter Bill Bean for the inning’s third out.

Padres’ reliever Donnie Elliott surrendered only a walk to Rivera in the top of the sixth. Jones gave up just a walk to Gwynn in the bottom half and Elliott hurled a perfect top of the seventh. Phil Plantier got a leadoff single against Jones in the bottom of the inning. Eddie Williams and Ricky Gutierrez followed with consecutive walks to load the bases. Johnson connected for a grand slam against Mets’ reliever Roger Mason to reduce the New York lead to 8-4. Pinch-hitter Phil Clark was fanned and Roberts grounded out to second baseman Fernando Vina. Livingstone singled and Mason fanned Melvin Nieves to close out the inning.

Padres’ reliever Jeff Tabaka retired the side on three straight outfield fly balls in the top of the eighth. Bell doubled against the Mets’ Mauro Gozzo to begin the bottom half. Plantier flied out to left fielder Shawn Hare and a line drive by Williams was caught by third baseman Bonilla. Gutierrez hit a single to score Bell and cut the Mets’ lead to 8-5. Gozzo then retired Johnson on a fly ball to right fielder Cangelosi to end the inning.

Stinnett and Hare drew back-to-back walks with two outs in the top of the ninth. Bonilla and Vina followed with consecutive singles that plated Stinnett and Hare, respectively, for a 10-5 Mets lead. Tabaka got Thompson on an inning-ending grounder to third baseman Craig Shipley, who singled to open the bottom half. Roberts hit a double to drive home Shipley and went to third base on pinch-hitter Luis Lopez’s ground out to Vina. Nieves grounded out to Vina to bring home Roberts with the Padres’ seventh run. Gozzo then threw a called third strike past Bell to end the game. The Mets had held off a San Diego rally effort and emerged with a victory.