June 27, 1995: Pulsipher's First Major League Win
|Date: June 27, 1995|
|Mets starter: Bill Pulsipher|
|Winning pitcher: Bill Pulsipher|
|Key player(s): Bill Pulsipher, Todd Hundley|
|Key play: Hundley's two-run single|
The Mets and Marlins faced each other on a Tuesday night in Miami. It was a memorable game for Bill Pulsipher as he got the first win of his major league career. The rookie lefthander also scored the winning run as the Mets defeated Florida, 2-0.
Pulsipher and the Marlins' Bobby Witt each pitched scoreless ball for the first seven innings of the game. Bill struck out nine batters and allowed only three hits to the Fish while the Mets were shut down on four hits by Witt. The Mets failed to capitalize on a bases-loaded opportunity in the top of the third and Florida came up empty three times with a runner on third base.
In the top of the eighth, Marlins' reliever Rob Murphy walked Pulsipher to start the inning. Brett Butler got a bunt single and Joe Orsulak's sacrifice bunt put runners at second and third base. Murphy got Rico Brogna on a called third strike and issued an intentional walk to Bobby Bonilla. Batting with the bases loaded, Todd Hundley singled off Randy Veres to score Pulsipher and Butler. Veres then retired Jeff Kent for the final out of the inning.
John Franco relieved Pulsipher with one out and two runners on base in the bottom of the eighth. Franco got Andre Dawson to hit into a double play for the final outs of the inning. The Mets were then shut down by Veres and Yorkis Perez in the top of the ninth.
Franco retired the Marlins in order in the bottom of the ninth inning. The Mets had a victory with a combined three-hit shutout. Franco had preserved Pulsipher's first win with his seventh save of the season.