June 5, 1995: Early Offense Tames Giants

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Date: June 5, 1995
Mets starter: Bobby Jones
Mets: 7
Giants: 2
Winning pitcher: Bobby Jones
Key player(s): Bobby Jones, Ryan Thompson, Edgardo Alfonzo, Kelly Stinnett
Key play: Thompson’s and Alfonzo’s home runs, Stinnett’s double

The Mets faced the Giants on a Monday afternoon in San Francisco. The teams played the opener of a four-game series. The Mets scored seven runs in the first four innings for a 7-2 win.

Ryan Thompson hit a home run against Giants’ starter Terry Mulholland to lead off the top of the first. Edgardo Alfonzo flied out to right fielder Glenallen Hill and a walk to Chris Jones ensued. Bobby Bonilla reached on an error by third baseman Steve Scarsone. With Jeff Kent at bat, Chris Jones moved to third base and Bonilla to second on Mulholland’s errant pickoff throw. Kent went down on strikes and David Segui drew a walk to load the bases. Kelly Stinnett doubled to drive home Chris Jones and Bonilla for a 3-0 Mets lead. Trying to score on the play, Segui was out at home via a relay throw by Scarsone to catcher Kirt Manwaring to end the inning. Mets’ starter Bobby Jones then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Tim Bogar singled to begin the top of the second. Bogar advanced to second base on Bobby Jones’ sacrifice bunt and to third after Thompson’s fly out to center fielder Darren Lewis. Alfonzo hit a single to score Bogar and increase the Mets’ lead to 4-0. Mulholland got Chris Jones on an inning-ending force play ground ball to shortstop Royce Clayton, who singled to open the bottom half. Scarsone was hit by a pitch and Manwaring was struck out. Mulholland’s sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third. Bobby Jones then retired Lewis on a grounder to third baseman Alfonzo to close out the inning.

Mulholland hurled a perfect top of the third. John Patterson got a leadoff single in the bottom half. Mark Carreon popped out to second baseman Kent and a single by Barry Bonds ensued. Hill was called out on strikes and Clayton singled to drive home Patterson, cutting the Mets’ lead to 4-1. Trying to advance on his own hit, Patterson was out at second on Alfonzo’s throw to shortstop Bogar to finish off the inning.

Bogar singled with one out in the top of the fourth. Tim went to second base on Bobby Jones’ sacrifice bunt and came home on a single by Thompson. Alfonzo followed with a two-run homer that extended the Mets’ lead to 7-1. Chris Jones hit a single and Mulholland got Bonilla on a force play grounder to Scarsone for the inning’s third out. Pinch-hitter Tom Lampkin singled with two outs in the bottom half. Lewis got a bunt single and advanced to second base (with Lampkin going to third) on Bobby Jones’ error. Patterson then grounded out to Kent to end the inning.

Giants’ reliever Dave Burba pitched a scoreless top of the fifth. Bobby Jones set down the side in order in the bottom half and Burba retired all three batters in the top of the sixth. Clayton doubled to lead off the bottom of the inning. Scarsone hit a single to bring home Clayton with the second San Francisco run of the game. Manwaring and pinch-hitter Rikkert Faneyte were retired on fly balls to right fielder Chris Jones. Lewis hit a grounder to Alfonzo for a force play that closed out the inning and the Giants’ Steve Mintz hurled a scoreless top of the seventh. Bobby Jones then retired the side 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Mintz surrendered only a walk to Thompson in the top of the eighth. Bobby Jones pitched a scoreless bottom of the inning and the Mets failed to score after loading the bases against San Francisco reliever Mark Dewey in the top of the ninth. Jeff Reed lined out to left fielder Thompson to open the bottom half. Lewis grounded out to Bobby Jones and a single by Patterson followed. Bobby Jones then struck out Carreon to end the game. The Mets had a victory to start the series.