May 1, 1994: Four Homers Put Away Dodgers

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Date: May 1, 1994
Mets starter: Pete Smith
Mets: 7
Dodgers: 4
Winning pitcher: Pete Smith
Key player(s): Todd Hundley, Joe Orsulak, Jeromy Burnitz
Key play: Mets’ home runs

The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets slugged four home runs in a 7-4 win over Los Angeles.

Following a scoreless first inning, Eric Karros doubled against Mets’ starter Pete Smith to lead off the top of the second. Karros advanced to third base after Henry Rodriguez’s fly out to right fielder Jeromy Burnitz and came home on Raul Mondesi’s sacrifice fly. Jose Offerman hit a single and Pedro Astacio grounded back to Smith for the third out of the inning. Astacio then shut down the Mets in the bottom half.

Smith pitched a perfect top of the third. Pete drew a walk to begin the bottom of the inning. Jose Vizcaino lined out to center fielder Brett Butler and a walk to Burnitz ensued. Joe Orsulak singled, but Burnitz got caught between bases and was tagged out by shortstop Offerman. Bobby Bonilla drew a walk that loaded the bases. Astacio then struck out Jeff Kent to end the inning.

Smith retired all three Dodgers batters in the top of the fourth. Leading off the bottom half, Todd Hundley homered to tie the game at 1-1. Astacio set down the next three New York hitters to close out the inning and a home run by Mondesi opened the top of the fifth. Offerman grounded out to second baseman Kent and a strikeout of Astacio followed. Delino DeShields hit a ground ball to Kent for the inning’s final out and Vizcaino singled against Astacio to begin the bottom half. Burnitz drew a walk and Orsulak slugged a three-run homer to put the Mets ahead, 4-2. Bonilla doubled and advanced to third base after Kent’s fly out to right fielder Mondesi. Los Angeles reliever Roger McDowell hit Hundley with a pitch and struck out Ryan Thompson. McDowell then got John Cangelosi on a ground ball to third baseman Tim Wallach to close out the inning.

Mike Piazza drew a one-out walk in the top of the sixth. Wallach walked and Karros hit a fly ball on which left fielder Cangelosi threw to third baseman Bonilla for a force out on Piazza. Rodriguez and pinch-hitter Chris Gwynn followed with singles to drive home Wallach and Karros, respectively, and retie the game. Smith retired Offerman on a fly ball to center fielder Thompson that finished off the inning and Vizcaino singled with one out in the bottom half. Burnitz homered to give the Mets a 6-4 lead. Orsulak flied out to Butler and a double by Bonilla ensued. McDowell then threw a called third strike past Kent for the final out of the inning.

Smith shut down the Dodgers in the top of the seventh. Against Los Angeles reliever Jim Gott, Hundley hit his second homer of the game to begin the bottom half. Thompson grounded out to Wallach and a walk to Cangelosi followed. Pinch-hitter Jeff McKnight took a called third strike and Cangelosi stole second base. Vizcaino drew a walk and the Dodgers’ Omar Daal retired pinch-hitter David Segui on an inning-ending grounder to second baseman DeShields. Mets’ reliever Roger Mason hurled a scoreless top of the eighth. Daal then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Mets’ reliever John Franco got Offerman on a ground ball to third baseman Tim Bogar to start the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Mitch Webster drew a walk. Franco then got pinch-hitter Cory Snyder to hit a grounder to shortstop Vizcaino for a double play that ended the game. The Mets had a series-closing victory on the strength of four homers.