July 19, 1993: O'Brien Homers in 10th Inning
|Date: July 19, 1993|
|Mets starter: Eric Hillman|
|Winning pitcher: John Franco|
|Key player(s): Eric Hillman, Charlie O'Brien|
|Key play: Gwynn's single in 9th, O'Brien's homer in 10th|
The Mets and Padres faced each other on a Monday night in San Diego. The teams played a two-hour and 47-minute game to begin a three-game series. On a home run by Charlie O'Brien in the 10th inning, the Mets emerged with a 2-1 win.
Mets' starter Eric Hillman pitched three-hit shutout ball over the first eight innings of the game. Hillman got Tony Gwynn to hit into double plays that ended the fourth and seventh innings and faced a total of 25 batters. The Mets scored a run in the second when Bobby Bonilla led off with a double and later came home on Jeff Kent's sacrifice fly. Padres' starter Tim Worrell shut down the Mets from the third inning to the seventh and reliever Mark Davis finished up a scoreless top of the eighth.
Davis held the Mets without a run in the top of the ninth inning. In the bottom half, reliever John Franco issued a walk to Ricky Gutierrez with two outs. Tim Teufel hit a single on which Gutierrez went to third base. Gwynn followed with a single to score Gutierrez and tie the game. Franco then got Derek Bell on a ground ball to shortstop Tim Bogar for the final out of the inning.
O'Brien led off the top of the 10th against the Padres' Gene Harris. Charlie hit a home run to put the Mets ahead. Harris retired the next two batters and gave up a double to Eddie Murray. After walking Bonilla intentionally, Harris got Dave Gallagher on a fly ball to center fielder Bell for the third out of the inning.
Phil Clark singled to lead off the bottom of the 10th. Franco struck out Phil Plantier before throwing a wild pitch that advanced Clark to second base. John fanned Archi Cianfrocco and retired Bob Geren on a grounder to third baseman Howard Johnson to end the game. The Mets had an extra-inning victory.