July 4, 1994: Lindeman Homers in 10th

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Date: July 4, 1994
Mets starter: Mike Remlinger
Mets: 2
Giants: 1
Winning pitcher: Josias Manzanillo
Key player(s): Jim Lindeman, Ryan Thompson
Key play: Lindeman’s home run in 10th

It was a sunny day at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park as the Mets faced the Giants on the Fourth of July. It was a game of quality pitching as each team had only one run and four hits through nine innings. The Mets emerged with a 2-1 victory on a home run by Jim Lindeman in the tenth.

Both teams started the game with scoring chances. For the Mets, Jose Vizcaino got a leadoff double and Todd Hundley singled him to third before an out was made in the first inning. San Francisco starter William VanLandingham then got two strikeouts and a pop fly without any scoring. The Giants loaded the bases against the Mets’ Mike Remlinger in the bottom half of the inning, but also failed to score.

In the top of the second, Ryan Thompson hit a home run off VanLandingham to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. VanLandingham kept the Mets off the bases for the next four innings and stopped a scoring threat in the seventh. Meanwhile, Remlinger had shut out the Giants through seven innings before Barry Bonds homered in the eighth to tie the game. The homer ended Mike’s string of twelve consecutive batters retired.

San Francisco’s Pat Gomez and the Mets’ Josias Manzanillo each pitched scoreless ball to the end of the ninth inning. Lindeman led off the top of the tenth with a home run off reliever Rod Beck, putting New York in front. The Giants didn’t score against John Franco in the bottom half of the inning, sealing the win for the Mets. John got Darren Lewis to hit into a double play for the final outs.