July 27, 1994: Four Homers Put Away Cardinals
|Date: July 27, 1994|
|Mets starter: Jason Jacome|
|Winning pitcher: Jason Jacome|
|Key player(s): Bobby Bonilla, Ryan Thompson, Tim Bogar|
|Key play: Mets’ home runs|
The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Wednesday night in St. Louis. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets slugged four home runs in a 7-4 win over the Redbirds.
Jason Jacome and the Cards’ Tom Urbani each started the game with two scoreless innings pitched. Urbani shut down the Mets again in the top of the third and Bernard Gilkey drew a walk to lead off the bottom half. With Geronimo Pena at bat, Gilkey was caught stealing second base on catcher Todd Hundley’s throw to shortstop Tim Bogar. Pena doubled and came home on Gregg Jefferies’ single to center field. Jefferies stole second and moved to third on an error by second baseman Jeff Kent. Todd Zeile grounded out to Bogar to drive home Jefferies for a 2-0 St. Louis lead. Jacome then retired Ray Lankford on a ground ball to Kent for the inning’s third out.
Rico Brogna got an infield single to open the top of the fourth. Bobby Bonilla followed with a two-run homer to tie the game. Urbani set down the next three Mets batters to close out the inning and Jacome pitched a perfect bottom half. Urbani set down the side in order in the top of the fifth and Gilkey hit a one-out triple in the bottom of the inning. Pena hit a home run to put the Cardinals ahead, 4-2. Jefferies drew a walk and Zeile followed with a ground ball to third baseman Bonilla for an inning-ending double play.
Jacome and Urbani each hurled scoreless sixth and seventh innings. Pinch-hitter Luis Rivera doubled against Urbani with one out in the top of the eighth. Bogar hit a two-run homer to retie the game at 4-4. Hundley singled and Cards’ reliever Rich Rodriguez struck out Brogna. Bonilla followed with his second two-run homer of the game to give the Mets a 6-4 lead. Rodriguez fanned Kent to finish off the inning. Mets’ reliever Roger Mason then surrendered just a walk to Pena in the bottom half.
With one out in the top of the ninth, Ryan Thompson homered against Redbirds’ reliever Bryan Eversgerd for the Mets’ seventh run. Jeromy Burnitz drew a walk and John Habyan came in to pitch for the Cardinals. Burnitz stole second base and pinch-hitter Jim Lindeman flied out to center fielder Lankford. Habyan struck out Bogar to end the inning and New York’s John Franco retired Mark Whiten on a grounder to Tim to begin the bottom half. Terry McGriff grounded out to Bonilla and a single by Jose Oquendo ensued. Franco then got pinch-hitter Luis Alicea on a fly ball to right fielder Burnitz for the game’s final out. The Mets had a victory with a solid display of slugging.