July 17, 1993: Tanana Leads Three-Hitter Over Giants

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Date: July 17, 1993
Mets starter: Frank Tanana
Mets: 3
Giants: 1
Winning pitcher: Frank Tanana
Key player(s): Frank Tanana, Vince Coleman, Jeff Kent, Todd Hundley
Key play: Kent’s single, Hundley’s sacrifice fly

The Mets faced the Giants on a Saturday afternoon in San Francisco. The teams played the third of four games in a weekend series. Frank Tanana and a pair of relievers combined to pitch a three-hitter in a 3-1 Mets win.

Tanana and the Giants’ John Burkett each started the game with three scoreless innings pitched. Eddie Murray singled with one out in the top of the fourth. Bobby Bonilla hit a double and Jeromy Burnitz was walked intentionally to load the bases. Jeff Kent singled to drive home Murray and a sacrifice fly by Todd Hundley plated Bonilla for a 2-0 Mets lead. Burkett retired Tim Bogar on a pop-up to shortstop Royce Clayton to end the inning. Tanana then hurled a perfect bottom half.

Vince Coleman got a one-out single in the top of the fifth. Coleman advanced to third base on Howard Johnson’s double and scored the Mets’ third run on a sacrifice fly by Murray. Bonilla hit a single on which right fielder Mark Carreon threw to catcher Kirt Manwaring for an out at home on Johnson that ended the inning. Tanana set down the side in order in the bottom half and Burkett gave up just a single to Kent in the top of the sixth. Frank then retired the Giants in order once again in the bottom of the inning.

San Francisco reliever Jeff Brantley pitched a perfect top of the seventh. With two outs in the bottom half, Barry Bonds homered for the Giants’ first hit of the game. Matt Williams doubled and Tanana got Carreon on a foul pop-up to third baseman Johnson to close out the inning. The Mets failed to score after loading the bases against Brantley in the top of the eighth. New York’s Jeff Innis then yielded only a double to pinch-hitter Todd Benzinger in the bottom half.

San Francisco’s Dave Righetti gave up just a single to Coleman in the top of the ninth. Mets’ reliever John Franco retired Steve Scarsone on a ground ball to shortstop Bogar to begin the bottom of the inning. Will Clark was retired on a deep fly ball to center fielder Burnitz. Franco then got Bonds to ground out to second baseman Kent and end the game. The Mets had a victory with very solid pitching.