June 3, 1994: Saberhagen Leads Mets Over Reds

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Date: June 3, 1994
Mets starter: Bret Saberhagen
Mets: 4
Reds: 3
Winning pitcher: Bret Saberhagen
Key player(s): Bret Saberhagen, David Segui, Jose Vizcaino
Key play: Segui’s double and homer, Saberhagen’s double, Vizcaino’s RBI single

The Mets faced the Reds on a Friday night in Cincinnati. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. Bret Saberhagen pitched eight innings and scored the winning run in a 4-3 Mets victory.

Saberhagen and the Reds’ John Smiley each started the game with two scoreless innings pitched. Jose Vizcaino got a two-out single in the top of the third. David Segui followed with a double to drive home Vizcaino for a 1-0 Mets lead. Smiley struck out Jim Lindeman to end the inning and Bret Boone singled to begin the bottom half. Brian Dorsett hit a double play ground ball to second baseman Jeff Kent and a single by Smiley ensued. Saberhagen then got Deion Sanders to pop out to third baseman Bobby Bonilla and finish off the inning.

With one out in the top of the fourth, Kent drew a walk and stole second base. Kevin McReynolds walked and Ryan Thompson hit a single to score Kent. On the play, McReynolds got caught in a rundown and as tagged out by third baseman Tony Fernandez. Todd Hundley grounded out to Fernandez to end the inning and Kevin Mitchell homered for the Reds’ first run with two outs in the bottom half. Saberhagen then threw a called third strike past Thomas Howard for the inning’s final out.

Segui hit a solo home run with two outs in the top of the fifth. Lindeman flied out to right fielder Howard to end the inning and Fernandez got a leadoff double in the bottom half. Boone popped out to shortstop Vizcaino and a single by Dorsett plated Fernandez, cutting the Mets’ lead to 3-2. On a bunt attempt, Smiley popped out to first baseman Segui. Saberhagen then struck out Sanders to finish off the inning.

Smiley gave up only a single to Bonilla in the top of the sixth. With one out in the bottom half, Hal Morris hit a home run to tie the game at 3-3. Mitchell singled and Howard followed with a force play grounder back to Saberhagen. Bret retired Fernandez on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Thompson and hit a two-out double in the top of the seventh. Vizcaino singled to bring home Saberhagen and put the Mets ahead by a run. Smiley got Segui to hit a force play ground ball to Fernandez for the third out of the inning. Saberhagen then hurled a perfect bottom half.

Cincinnati reliever Hector Carrasco pitched a scoreless top of the eighth. Saberhagen set down all three batters in the bottom of the inning and Carrasco retired the side in order in the top of the ninth. Mets’ reliever John Franco struck out Mitchell to begin the bottom half. Howard doubled and pinch-hitter Jerome Walton went down on strikes. Franco then retired Boone on a ground ball to Kent for the game’s final out. The Mets had a victory to start the weekend series.