July 25, 1993: Hillman Shuts Out Dodgers

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Date: July 25, 1993
Mets starter: Eric Hillman
Mets: 4
Dodgers: 0
Winning pitcher: Eric Hillman
Key player(s): Eric Hillman, Joe Orsulak, Jeff Kent, Jeff McKnight
Key play: Orsulak’s home run, Kent’s and McKnight’s singles

The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles. The teams played the finale of a four-game series. Eric Hillman pitched a five-hit shutout in a 4-0 Mets win.

Hillman and the Dodgers’ Ramon Martinez each hurled five scoreless innings to start the game. Eric yielded only a double to Mike Piazza and two singles while Martinez held the Mets to a pair of singles (to Hillman and Joe Orsulak) and three scattered walks. Leading off the top of the sixth, Orsulak homered for a 1-0 Mets lead. Eddie Murray grounded out to first baseman Eric Karros and a single by Bobby Bonilla ensued. Jeromy Burnitz went down on strikes and Jeff Kent hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Jose Offerman that ended the inning. Hillman then gave up just a single to Brett Butler in the bottom half.

Martinez set down the Mets in order in the top of the seventh. Hillman limited the Dodgers to a double by Karros in the bottom of the inning and Martinez retired the side 1-2-3 again in the top of the eighth. Eric pitched a perfect bottom half and Bonilla singled against Los Angeles reliever Todd Worrell to open the top of the ninth. Bonilla advanced to third base on Burnitz’s single and came home on a single by Kent. On his own hit, Kent moved to second and Burnitz to third via an error by right fielder Raul Mondesi. Pinch-hitter Jeff McKnight followed with a single that scored Burnitz and Kent with the Mets’ third and fourth runs of the game. McKnight went to second on Hillman’s sacrifice bunt. Worrell then got Vince Coleman to ground out to Offerman and finish off the inning.

Offerman grounded out to third baseman Bonilla to begin the bottom of the ninth. Eric Davis was retired on a ground ball to shortstop Tim Bogar. Hillman then got Karros to ground out to Bogar and end the game. The Mets had a shutout victory on Eric’s five-hitter.