June 30, 1993: Fourteen Hits Sink Fish

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Date: June 30, 1993
Mets starter: Bret Saberhagen
Mets: 7
Marlins: 1
Winning pitcher: Bret Saberhagen
Key player(s): Bret Saberhagen, Vince Coleman, Joe Orsulak, Eddie Murray
Key play: Orsulak’s and Coleman’s RBI singles, Murray’s home run

The Mets faced the Marlins on a Wednesday night in Florida. The teams played the second of three games in a series. The Mets collected fourteen hits in a 7-1 win over the Fish.

Vince Coleman singled against Marlins’ starter Jack Armstrong to begin the top of the first inning. Todd Hundley was called out on strikes and Coleman stole second base. Bobby Bonilla drew a walk and Eddie Murray hit a force play ground ball to first baseman Orestes Destrade. Murray advanced to second on a wild pitch and Joe Orsulak singled to score Coleman for a 1-0 Mets lead. Armstrong got Jeff Kent on a force play grounder to third baseman Gary Sheffield for the third out. The Mets’ Bret Saberhagen then retired the side in order in the bottom half.

After scoreless second and third innings, Murray slugged a home run to lead off the top of the fourth. Orsulak singled and went to third base on a single by Kent. Jeromy Burnitz followed with a ground ball on which Destrade threw to catcher Benito Santiago for an out at home on Orsulak. Tim Bogar was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Chuck Carr, after which Kent advanced to third. Saberhagen flied out to Carr to end the inning and yielded only a single to Sheffield in the bottom half. Armstrong surrendered just a walk to Bonilla in the top of the fifth. Saberhagen then limited the Fish to a single by Jeff Conine in the bottom of the inning.

Despite singles by Orsulak and Bogar, the Mets failed to score against Armstrong in the top of the sixth. Saberhagen pitched a scoreless bottom half and Coleman singled against Florida reliever Cris Carpenter to lead off the top of the seventh. Coleman stole second base and Hundley flied out to Carr. Bonilla was struck out and Murray hit a single that scored Coleman, extending the Mets’ lead to 3-0. The Marlins’ Joe Klink retired Orsulak on a line drive to center fielder Henry Cotto (who had replaced Carr) to close out the inning and Conine got a one-out single in the bottom half. Darrell Whitmore grounded out to first baseman Murray and a double by Santiago brought home Conine with the first run of the game for the Fish. Saberhagen then got Walt Weiss to fly out to center fielder Burnitz and finish off the inning.

Kent singled against Klink to open the top of the eighth. Jeff moved to second base on Burnitz’s sacrifice bunt and stayed there on Bogar’s infield single. Saberhagen drew a walk against Florida reliever Richie Lewis to load the bases. Coleman hit a single to drive home Kent and Bogar for a 5-1 Mets lead. Lewis fanned both Hundley and Bonilla for the inning’s final outs. Saberhagen then hurled a perfect bottom half.

Murray hit a single to begin the top of the ninth. Orsulak doubled for the Mets’ fourteenth hit, advancing pinch-runner Jeff McKnight to third base. Kent flied out to left fielder Conine and an intentional walk to Burnitz loaded the bases. Bogar went down on strikes and Saberhagen reached on Destrade’s error that allowed McKnight and Orsulak to score the Mets’ sixth and seventh runs. Bret went to second on a wild pitch and Coleman walked to reload the bases. Lewis then threw a called third strike past Hundley to end the inning.

Sheffield popped out to second baseman Kent to lead off the bottom of the ninth. Destrade singled and Conine was struck out. Whitmore hit a single to send Destrade to third base. Saberhagen then got Santiago on a force play ground ball to third baseman Bonilla for the final out of the game. The Mets had a victory with solid hitting.