May 10, 1994: Orsulak Homers in 10th
|Date: May 10, 1994|
|Mets starter: Bret Saberhagen|
|Winning pitcher: Doug Linton|
|Key player(s): Joe Orsulak, John Cangelosi|
|Key play: Cangelosi’s single in 9th, Orsulak’s homer in 10th|
The Mets and Expos faced each other on a Tuesday night. The teams played a three-hour and six-minute game at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium. The Mets came out with a 3-2 win on Joe Orsulak’s home run in the 10th inning.
Expos’ starter Butch Henry pitched a scoreless top of the first inning. In the bottom half, Lou Frazier singled and stole second base. Frazier went to third on a single by Cliff Floyd and scored on Moises Alou’s sacrifice fly. Mets’ starter Bret Saberhagen struck out Larry Walker and (after Floyd’s stolen base) issued a walk to Darrin Fletcher. Saberhagen then retired Sean Berry on a grounder back to the mound for the third out.
Orsulak singled to lead off the top of the second inning. Henry retired the next two batters and walked Saberhagen. John Cangelosi followed with a single to bring home Orsulak and tie the game at 1-1. Jose Vizcaino grounded out to third baseman Berry to end the inning. Saberhagen then shut down Montreal in the bottom half.
In the third and fourth innings, Saberhagen and Henry each pitched scoreless ball. Expos’ reliever Gil Heredia retired the Mets in order in the top of the fifth. Bret responded by pitching a perfect bottom of the fifth inning. Heredia then limited the Mets to a single by Orsulak in a scoreless top of the sixth.
Alou led off the bottom of the sixth inning with a homer for a 2-1 Montreal lead. Saberhagen retired the next three batters and neither team scored in the seventh. Heredia set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth inning. Saberhagen then pitched a scoreless bottom half despite singles by Frazier and Alou.
David Segui singled off Expos’ reliever John Wetteland to start the top of the ninth inning. Wetteland struck out Fernando Vina and walked Jeff McKnight. Cangelosi followed with a single to score pinch-runner Ryan Thompson with the tying run. Wetteland fanned Vizcaino and retired Kevin McReynolds on a pop-up to first baseman Floyd. Mets’ reliever Doug Linton then retired Montreal in order in the bottom of the inning.
In the top of the 10th, Wetteland set down the first two Mets hitters. Orsulak hit an ensuing home run to put New York in front. Thompson was called out on strikes to end the inning. Linton recorded two outs to begin the bottom half. Frazier then got his third single of the game and stole second base.
With the tying run in scoring position, Linton struck out Floyd to end the game. The Mets had an extra-inning victory. The win was the fourth of the season for Linton and fourth in a row for the Mets.