July 28, 1993: Young's Losing Streak Ends

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Date: July 28, 1993
Mets starter: Bret Saberhagen
Mets: 5
Marlins: 4
Winning pitcher: Anthony Young
Key player(s): Anthony Young, Ryan Thompson, Eddie Murray
Key play: Murray’s double in 9th

The Mets and Marlins faced each other at Shea Stadium on a Wednesday night. It was a close battle that was tied after eight innings. The end result was a 5-4 victory for the Mets that gave pitcher Anthony Young his first win after a major league record 27 consecutive losses.

Bret Saberhagen started for the Mets and shut out the Marlins for the first five innings. Bret was staked to a 2-0 lead on Joe Orsulak’s first inning home run and Tim Bogar’s single to score Jeromy Burnitz with two out in the fourth against Florida’s Jack Armstrong. Bret Barberie’s two-run homer off Saberhagen in the top of the sixth tied the game for the Marlins.

In the bottom of the seventh, Ryan Thompson homered with two out off reliever Matt Turner to reclaim the lead for the Mets. The Marlins tied it again when Orestes Destrade doubled with two out in the eighth to score Barberie. Gary Sheffield also tried to score on Destrade’s hit, but was out at the plate on a relay throw by Bogar.

Anthony Young came in to pitch the ninth for the Mets. Florida loaded the bases with none out with Rich Renteria pinch-hitting for Turner. Renteria hit a ground ball to third base where Bobby Bonilla threw home for one out and catcher Todd Hundley threw to first for a double play. Chuck Carr followed with a weak grounder between first and second on which he got a single, scoring Darrell Whitmore from third. The Marlins took a 5-4 lead and Young was three outs away from another loss.

Jeff McKnight led off the bottom of the ninth for the Mets. McKnight singled to right off reliever Bryan Harvey and advanced to second on Dave Gallagher’s sacrifice bunt. Thompson then singled into short right field to bring McKnight home with the tying run. Orsulak flied out and Eddie Murray stepped up to the plate. Murray hit Harvey’s first pitch for a double into right field. Thompson came all the way from first to score the winning run. The game was over, the Mets had won and Young’s losing streak finally came to an end.

Notes

  • Young’s continuous losing garnered him sympathy from all over the United States. Twelve days after this game, he made an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. A video clip of Murray’s winning double was shown during Anthony’s segment with Jay.