July 14, 1995: The 20-hit Attack

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Date: July 14, 1995
Mets starter: Bill Pulsipher
Mets: 13
Rockies: 4
Winning pitcher: Bill Pulsipher
Key player(s): Bill Pulsipher, Joe Orsulak, Rico Brogna
Key play: Orsulak’s double in 1st, Brogna’s homer in 2nd, Thompson’s homer in 8th

The first place Rockies were in New York to play the Mets on a Friday night. All nine players in the Mets’ starting lineup got at least one hit for a total of 20 in the game. The Mets rolled to a 13-4 win over Colorado.

The Mets sent 17 batters to the plate in the first two innings and scored nine runs. Joe Orsulak’s double and Todd Hundley’s single brought home two runs each off the Rockies’ Armando Reynoso. Jose Vizcaino added a double to score Hundley for a 5-0 lead at the end of the first. The Mets added four more runs off reliever Juan Acevedo in the second on Rico Brogna’s two-run homer and RBI singles by Hundley and Ryan Thompson.

Bill Pulsipher pitched seven strong innings for New York, allowing one run on five hits. The lone Colorado run came on Andres Galarraga’s homer in the second inning. Pulsipher also led off the bottom of the third with a double, giving every Met starter a hit in the game. Bill later scored on Edgardo Alfonzo’s sacrifice fly for the Mets’ tenth run. An unearned run in the fourth made the score 11-1.

Doug Henry took the mound to start the eighth inning for the Mets. Dante Bichette got a double off Henry that brought in two runs. Bichette later scored on John VanderWal’s single off Eric Gunderson. In the bottom half, Jeff Barry got a double off Lance Painter, giving the Mets at least one hit in every inning. Thompson added a two-run homer for the Mets’ twentieth hit.

The Rockies were retired in order by reliever Jerry DiPoto in the ninth. The Mets had a solid win over the West Division leaders. It was an enjoyable night for the fans at Shea Stadium.