July 5, 1994: Saberhagen Stifles Giants

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Date: July 5, 1994
Mets starter: Bret Saberhagen
Mets: 4
Giants: 2
Winning pitcher: Bret Saberhagen
Key player(s): Bret Saberhagen, Jeff Kent, Jose Vizcaino, Joe Orsulak
Key play: Kent’s and Orsulak’s RBI singles, Saberhagen’s and Vizcaino’s double

The Mets faced the Giants on a Tuesday afternoon in San Francisco. The teams played the second of three games in a series. Bret Saberhagen pitched eight innings of two-hit ball and collected two hits of his own at bat in a 4-2 Mets win.

Joe Orsulak singled against Giants’ starter John Burkett with two outs in the top of the first. Bobby Bonilla hit a single and Jeff Kent singled to drive home Orsulak for a 1-0 Mets lead. Burkett retired Rico Brogna for the third out and Saberhagen set down the side in order in the bottom of the inning. Bret and Jose Vizcaino got back-to-back singles with two outs in the top of the second. Todd Hundley grounded out to Burkett to end the inning. Saberhagen then retired all three batters in the bottom half.

Burkett shut down the Mets from the third inning to the fifth. Saberhagen answered with a trio of perfect bottom halves and Ryan Thompson hit a two-out double against Burkett in the top of the sixth. Saberhagen doubled to bring home Thompson and came around to score on a double by Vizcaino for a 3-0 Mets lead. San Francisco reliever Steve Frey retired Hundley on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Darren Lewis. Saberhagen then set down the Giants 1-2-3 for the sixth straight time in the bottom half.

Giants’ reliever Rich Monteleone hurled a perfect top of the seventh. Leading off the bottom of the inning, Lewis hit a home run to reduce the Mets’ lead to 3-1. Saberhagen retired the next three hitters to close out the inning and Monteleone set down the side in order in the top of the eighth. To begin the bottom half, Dave Martinez homered for the second San Francisco run (and hit) of the game. Mark Carreon went down on strikes and Royce Clayton flied out to left fielder John Cangelosi. Saberhagen then got Jeff Reed to ground out to shortstop Vizcaino and finish off the inning.

Pinch-hitter Fernando Vina singled to open the top of the ninth. Vina advanced to second base on Vizcaino’s sacrifice bunt and Hundley was called out on strikes. Orsulak hit a single to bring home Vina with the Mets’ fourth run. Monteleone retired Bonilla on a fly ball to Lewis that ended the inning and New York reliever John Franco fanned pinch-hitter Steve Scarsone to start the bottom half. Lewis was retired on a line drive to second baseman Kent. Franco then got John Patterson to ground out to Vizcaino and end the game. The Mets had a victory on solid pitching and hitting from Saberhagen.