July 18, 1995: Mets Rout Cubs With 17 Hits

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Date: July 18, 1995
Mets starter: Bobby Jones
Mets: 12
Cubs: 3
Winning pitcher: Bobby Jones
Key player(s): Bobby Bonilla, Brett Butler, Bobby Jones
Key play: Mets’ seven-run 4th inning

The Mets faced the Cubs on a Tuesday afternoon at Wrigley Field. The teams played the latter half of a two-game series. The Mets pounded out seventeen hits in a 12-3 win over Chicago.

Brett Butler led off the top of the first inning with a bunt single on which he advanced to second base via an error by catcher Mike Hubbard. A sacrifice bunt by [[Edgardo Alfonzo moved Butler to third and a strikeout of Rico Brogna ensued. Cubs’ starter Steve Trachsel issued a walk to Bobby Bonilla and retired Joe Orsulak on an inning-ending fly ball to left fielder Luis Gonzalez. Mets’ starter Bobby Jones pitched a perfect bottom half and Trachsel shut down the Mets in the top of the second. Jones then set down all three Chicago batters in the bottom of the inning.

To begin the top of the third, Butler singled and went to third base on an ensuing single by Alfonzo. Brogna hit a grounder to shortstop Jose Hernandez for a double play on which Butler scored the first run of the game. Bonilla hit a double and Orsulak went down on strikes to close out the inning. Jones then held the Cubs to singles by Hubbard and Brian McRae in a scoreless bottom half.

Todd Hundley hit a home run to lead off the top of the fourth inning. Trachsel struck out Chris Jones and issued a walk to Jose Vizcaino. Bobby Jones reached on a fielder’s choice bunt and Butler singled to load the bases. Back-to-back singles by Alfonzo and Brogna scored Vizcaino and Bobby Jones, respectively, to increase the Mets’ lead to four runs. Trachsel was then replaced on the mound by Chicago reliever Turk Wendell.

Bonilla greeted Wendell with a double that brought home Butler and Alfonzo. A sacrifice fly by Orsulak plated Brogna and a walk to Hundley ensued. Chris Jones singled to drive home Bonilla for the Mets’ seventh run of the inning and an 8-0 lead in the game. Wendell then got Vizcaino to ground out to first baseman Mark Grace and finish off the inning.

Sammy Sosa singled with one out in the bottom of the fourth. Todd Zeile flied out to right fielder Chris Jones and a two-run homer by Gonzalez followed. Hernandez grounded out to third baseman Bonilla to end the inning and Butler got a one-out single in the top of the fifth. Alfonzo doubled and Brogna drew a walk to load the bases. Bonilla hit a single to bring home Butler and Alfonzo, extending the Mets’ lead to 10-2. Orsulak flied out to Gonzalez and a walk to Hundley ensued. Wendell got Chris Jones on a line drive to right fielder Sosa to close out the inning. Bobby Jones then shut down the Cubs in the bottom half.

Butler reached on an error by second baseman Howard Johnson with two outs in the top of the sixth inning. Brett advanced to second base on Alfonzo’s single and came around to score on a single by Brogna. Wendell fanned Bonilla to end the inning and Bobby Jones hurled a perfect bottom half on three outfield fly balls. Cubs’ reliever Rich Garces shut down the Mets in the seventh and eighth innings. Bobby Jones responded by retiring all six Chicago batters in the bottom halves.

Brogna singled to open the top of the ninth. Bonilla followed with a force play grounder to Grace. Orsulak hit a double (the Mets’ seventeenth hit) to drive home pinch-runner Aaron Ledesma with the twelfth New York run. Garces then retired Hundley and Chris Jones on outfield fly balls to end the inning.

Grace grounded out to second baseman Alfonzo to start the bottom of the ninth. Sosa homered and Zeile was called out on strikes. Gonzalez hit a single to right field. Bobby Jones then got Hernandez on a game-ending pop-up to shortstop Tim Bogar. The Mets had an easy victory.