June 8, 1995: Seven Runs in 1st Lead to Win

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Date: June 8, 1995
Mets starter: Dave Mlicki
Mets: 9
Giants: 6
Winning pitcher: Dave Mlicki
Key player(s): Chris Jones, Bobby Bonilla, Brett Butler, Ryan Thompson
Key play: Jones’ and Bonilla’s doubles, Butler’s two-run single, Thompson’s home run

The Mets faced the Giants on a Thursday afternoon in San Francisco. The teams played the finale of a four-game series. A seven-run first inning propelled the Mets to a 9-6 win.

Giants’ starter Trevor Wilson walked Brett Butler to begin the top of the first inning. Edgardo Alfonzo singled to right field to advance Butler to third base. A double by Chris Jones scored Butler with the first run of the game. On the hit, left fielder Barry Bonds made an error that allowed Alfonzo to score. Bobby Bonilla doubled to drive home Jones for the Mets’ third run. Jeff Kent popped out to second baseman John Patterson and a passed ball by catcher Kirt Manwaring moved Bonilla to third. Kelly Stinnett singled to score Bonilla and a single by Ryan Thompson followed. Wilson was then replaced on the mound by San Francisco reliever Mark Dewey.

Dewey issued a walk to Tim Bogar that loaded the bases. Dave Mlicki grounded out to first baseman Mark Carreon to drive home Stinnett. Butler hit a single to plate Thompson and Bogar for a 7-0 Mets lead. Dewey struck out Alfonzo to end the inning and Patterson tripled off Mets’ starter Mlicki to start the bottom half. Darren Lewis grounded out to first baseman Bonilla to drive home Patterson and a pop-up by Carreon was caught by second baseman Kent. Mlicki then retired Bonds on an inning-ending fly ball to left fielder Jones.

Dewey and Mlicki each pitched scoreless second and third innings. In the fourth, Dewey shut down the Mets again and Carreon led off the bottom half with a home run. Bonds doubled to right field and came around to score on a single by Glenallen Hill. Mlicki set down the next three Giants batters and Dewey struck out the side in a scoreless top of the fifth. Mlicki hurled a scoreless bottom half and drew a walk against San Francisco’s Shawn Barton to start the top of the sixth. Butler hit a double play grounder to third baseman Steve Scarsone and an error by shortstop Royce Clayton allowed Rico Brogna to reach base. Jones popped out to Patterson to end the inning. Mlicki then held the Giants to a single by Carreon in the bottom half.

Barton and Mlicki each hurled a scoreless seventh inning. In the top of the eighth, Thompson led off with a home run against the Giants’ Chris Hook. Bogar singled and Mlicki took a called third strike. Butler hit a single and Hook got Brogna to hit a ground ball to Clayton for an inning-ending double play. Carreon singled to open the bottom half. Bonds followed with a two-run homer to reduce the Mets’ lead to 8-5. Mlicki struck out Hill and issued a walk to Clayton. Mets’ reliever Doug Henry then struck out Scarsone and Manwaring to end the inning.

Jones tripled to lead off the top of the ninth. Bonilla lined out to Clayton and a single by Kent plated Jones for the Mets’ ninth run. Kent was caught stealing on Hook’s third strike to Stinnett for a double play to end the inning. Lewis singled with two outs in the bottom half. Carreon drew a walk and Bonds singled to drive home Lewis. Henry then retired Hill on a grounder to shortstop Jose Vizcaino to end the game. The Mets had a victory to finish off the series.