July 18, 1993: Four Homers Lead to Win Over Giants

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Date: July 18, 1993
Mets starter: Pete Schourek
Mets: 12
Giants: 6
Winning pitcher: Pete Schourek
Key player(s): Jeff Kent, Eddie Murray, Dave Gallagher
Key play: Mets’ four home runs

The Mets faced the Giants on a Sunday afternoon in San Francisco. The teams played the finale of a four-game series. The Mets slugged four home runs in a 12-6 win.

Giants’ starter Greg Brummett pitched a perfect top of the first inning. Will Clark drew a walk against the Mets’ Pete Schourek with one out in the bottom half. Barry Bonds hit a two-run homer and a single by Matt Williams ensued. Mark Carreon singled and Royce Clayton hit a single to drive home Williams for a 3-0 San Francisco lead. Kirt Manwaring was given an intentional walk to load the bases. Schourek then got Brummett to ground out to shortstop Tim Bogar and end the inning.

After a scoreless second, Schourek singled to lead off the top of the third. Vince Coleman bunted to first baseman Clark for a force play and Howard Johnson flied out to center fielder Darren Lewis. Eddie Murray homered to reduce the Giants’ lead to 3-2. Brummett struck out Bobby Bonilla to finish off the inning. Schourek then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

With one out in the top of the fourth, Jeff Kent hit a home run to tie the game. Brummett retired both Todd Hundley and Bogar on fly balls to Lewis to end the inning and Schourek shut down the Giants in the bottom half. To open the top of the fifth, Pete singled and advanced to second base on an error by Clark. Coleman hit a single to drive home Schourek and put the Mets ahead, 4-3. Brummett caught Coleman with a pickoff throw to Clark and issued a walk to Johnson. Murray and Bonilla were retired on consecutive infield grounders to close out the inning. Schourek then set down all three San Francisco batters in the bottom half.

Giants’ reliever Kevin Rogers pitched a scoreless top of the sixth. Schourek retired the side in order in the bottom of the inning and Coleman hit a one-out double in the top of the seventh. Johnson singled and Murray went down on strikes. Bonilla hit a double to drive home Coleman and Johnson for a 6-3 Mets lead. Trying to advance on his own hit, Bobby was out via a relay throw by Clark to third baseman Williams to end the inning. Mets’ reliever Anthony Young then pitched a perfect bottom half.

San Francisco reliever Gino Minutelli hurled a scoreless top of the eighth. Young set down the Giants in order in the bottom of the inning and Bogar walked to open the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Jeff McKnight’s sacrifice bunt moved Bogar to second base and Coleman drew a walk. Johnson walked to load the bases and Michael Jackson came in to pitch for the Giants. Murray grounded out to second baseman Steve Scarsone to bring home Bogar and an intentional walk to Bonilla loaded the bases once again. Dave Gallagher connected for a grand slam to increase the Mets’ lead to 11-3. Kent followed with his second homer for the twelfth New York run of the game. Jackson then retired Hundley on a ground ball to Clark for the inning’s final out.

Carreon singled against Mets’ reliever Jeff Innis to lead off the bottom of the ninth. Clayton went down on strikes and Manwaring drew a walk. Pinch-hitter Dave Martinez flied out to center fielder Gallagher and a single by Lewis brought home Carreon. Scarsone doubled to plate both Manwaring and Lewis for the Giants’ fifth and sixth runs. Mike Maddux then came in to pitch for the Mets and struck out Clark to end the game. The Mets had a series closing victory.