May 10, 1995: Four Runs in 8th Beat Braves
|Date: May 10, 1995|
|Mets starter: Pete Harnisch|
|Winning pitcher: Doug Henry|
|Key player(s): Jose Vizcaino|
|Key play: Bonilla reaches base on strikeout, Vizcaino's two-run single|
The Mets played the Braves on a Wednesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams faced each other in a light drizzle with damp field conditions. The Mets scored four runs in the eighth inning to carry them to a 5-2 victory over Atlanta.
Pete Harnisch and the Braves' Kent Mercker started the game with three scoreless innings apiece. Harnisch retired the side in order in the first and third and allowed only a double to Jose Oliva in the second. Mercker yielded a leadoff single to Brett Butler in the first and got through a bases-loaded situation without a run in the third. In the top of the fourth, Fred McGriff hit a sacrifice fly to score Jeff Blauser for a 1-0 Atlanta lead. The Mets were retired in order by Mercker in the bottom of the inning.
After a scoreless fifth, Chipper Jones homered for the Braves' second run with one out in the top of the sixth. Harnisch retired the next two hitters to close out the inning. Mercker shut down the Mets in the bottom half and Harnisch pitched a scoreless top of the seventh. The Mets then got a run on Jose Vizcaino's double off Atlanta reliever Mike Stanton that scored Ricky Otero in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Mets' reliever Doug Henry held the Braves scoreless in the top of the eighth. The bottom of the inning began with Bobby Bonilla reaching first base on Mark Wohlers' wild pitch third strike. Wohlers walked Todd Hundley and gave up a single to Carl Everett that loaded the bases for the Mets. Pinch-hitter Joe Orsulak drew a walk to force home Bonilla and tie the game at 2-2. Facing reliever Steve Bedrosian, Vizcaino hit a single to score Hundley and Everett for a 4-2 Mets lead. Following David Segui's sacrifice bunt, Butler singled to bring home Orsulak for another Mets run. Bedrosian then struck out the next two batters to end the inning.
John Franco retired the Braves in order with three ground balls in the top of the ninth inning. The Mets had come-from-behind victory on a soggy night at Shea. Despite the weather conditions, the Met fans went home happy.