June 18, 1994: Hundley and Segui Slug Marlins

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Date: June 18, 1994
Mets starter: Bret Saberhagen
Mets: 11
Marlins: 3
Winning pitcher: Doug Linton
Key player(s): Todd Hundley, David Segui
Key play: Segui’s single in 1st, Hundley’s homer in 3rd

The Mets faced the Marlins on a Saturday night in Miami. It was a game in which the Mets got hits in eight of the nine innings to earn an easy victory. Todd Hundley and David Segui led the offensive charge with a combined seven RBIs as the Mets defeated Florida, 11-3.

The Mets got off to a 2-0 lead against Marlins’ starter Pat Rapp in the first inning. They loaded the bases on two walks and a single as Segui came to bat with two out. David singled to score Fernando Vina and Joe Orsulak to put the Mets on top. After hitting Hundley with a pitch to reload the bases, Rapp retired Ryan Thompson to end the inning.

In the bottom of the second, Dave Magadan singled off Mets’ starter Bret Saberhagen. Magadan moved to third base on Benito Santiago’s double and came home on Kurt Abbott’s ground out. Reliever Doug Linton came in to pitch and set down the next two Marlin batters.

Rapp issued a one-out walk to Jeff Kent in the top of the third inning. Segui singled and Hundley stepped up to the plate. Todd clouted a three-run homer to extend the Mets’ lead to 5-1. Florida then scored against Linton in the bottom half on Gary Sheffield’s double that brought home Chuck Carr.

After retiring the first two batters in the top of the fourth, Rapp surrendered a single to Bobby Bonilla. Kent followed with a double to center field on which Bonilla scored all the way from first base. Rapp was then replaced by Marlins’ reliever Jeff Mutis, who fanned Segui for the third out and followed up with scoreless fifth and sixth innings.

Each team plated a run in the seventh. Hundley led off the top half with his second home run of the game. In the bottom half, Jerry Browne hit a two-out double off Linton to score Matias Carillo. Reliever Roger Mason then retired Sheffield to end the inning with the Mets ahead, 7-3.

Segui homered off Florida’s Willie Fraser in the top of the eighth. Mason held the Fish scoreless in the bottom half of the inning. The Mets got three more runs in the top of the ninth on Shawn Hare’s single to score Thompson, an error by Abbott on which Luis Rivera came home and Tim Bogar’s sacrifice fly to send in Hare with the Mets’ eleventh run of the game.

Josias Manzanillo retired the Marlins in order in the bottom of the ninth inning.The Mets had a win with a 16-hit attack. Hundley’s and Segui’s slugging, as well as Thompson’s four singles, led to triumph.