June 6, 1994: Mets Rock at Mile High

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Date: June 6, 1994
Mets starter: Doug Linton
Mets: 11
Rockies: 3
Winning pitcher: Doug Linton
Key player(s): Kevin McReynolds, Ryan Thompson, Kelly Stinnett, Bobby Bonilla
Key play: McReynolds’ & Thompson’s three-run triples, Bonilla’s double & homer

The Mets and Rockies began a three-game series at Denver’s Mile High Stadium on a Monday night. Against five Colorado pitchers, the Mets collected sixteen hits in the light Rocky Mountain air. They came away with an 11-3 win.

In the top of the first inning, Kelly Stinnett hit a one-out triple off Rockies’ starter Kent Bottenfield. A two-out double by Bobby Bonilla scored Stinnett for the first run of the game. Jeff Kent drew a walk and Bottenfield retired David Segui on a grounder to second baseman Vinny Castilla. Mets’ starter Doug Linton shut down Colorado in the bottom of the inning. Both teams were then held scoreless in the second.

Stinnett singled off Bottenfield to begin the top of the third inning. Bonilla drew a walk and Segui was hit by a pitch amid a pair of outs. Kevin McReynolds hit a triple to bring home three runs for a 4-0 Mets lead. An ensuing single by Ryan Thompson scored McReynolds. Bottenfield got Linton to hit into a force play for the third out. Doug then pitched a scoreless bottom of the inning.

Against Rockies’ reliever Mike Harkey in the top of the fourth, Jose Vizcaino got a leadoff single and went to third on a single by Stinnett. Vizcaino came home on Joe Orsulak’s sacrifice fly. Bonilla followed with a two-run homer to extend the Mets’ lead to 8-0. Harkey then finished the inning with no further scoring and Linton shut down Colorado in the bottom half.

The Mets failed to score despite loading the bases against reliever Willie Blair in the top of the fifth inning. Linton pitched a perfect bottom half and Blair hurled a scoreless top of the sixth. Doug gave up a one-out single to Dante Bichette before getting Charlie Hayes to hit into a double play to end the bottom of the sixth inning. Blair then shut down the Mets for the third straight time in the top of the seventh.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, Joe Girardi and Castilla led off with back-to-back singles. Pinch-hitting for Blair, Eric Young hit a ground ball to shortstop Luis Rivera for a force out on Castilla. Consecutive singles by Nelson Liriano and Mike Kingery scored Girardi and Young, respectively. Linton was replaced on the mound by Josias Manzanillo, who gave up a single to Howard Johnson that brought home Liriano for the Rockies’ third run. Manzanillo then got Andres Galarraga on a grounder to Rivera for an inning-ending double play.

Colorado reliever Marcus Moore walked Bonilla to begin the top of the eighth. A single by Fernando Vina and a walk to Segui loaded the bases with none out. Shawn Hare hit a grounder to second baseman Liriano for a force out on Bonilla at the plate. For the Rockies, Steve Reed replaced Moore and gave up a three-run triple to Thompson. Manzanillo struck out and Rivera grounded out to first baseman Galarraga to end the inning. Josias then set down Colorado 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Stinnett singled for his fourth hit (and the Mets’ 16th) to lead off the top of the ninth. Reed responded with a double play grounder by Orsulak. Bonilla followed with his third walk of the game. Vina then popped out to third baseman Hayes to close the inning.

Manzanillo yielded a one-out single to John Vander Wal in the bottom of the ninth. Liriano hit a force play grounder to second baseman Vina. Manzanillo then struck out Kingery to end the game. The Mets had a mile high victory.