May 11, 1995: Brogna and Orsulak Lead Mets Past Braves

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Date: May 11, 1995
Mets starter: Bobby Jones
Mets: 5
Braves: 3
Winning pitcher: Bobby Jones
Key player(s): Rico Brogna, Joe Orsulak, Bobby Jones
Key play: Brogna’s double, Orsulak’s single

The Mets faced the Braves on a Thursday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Rico Brogna and Joe Orsulak combined for six hits and five runs produced in a 5-3 Mets win over Atlanta.

Mets’ starter Bobby Jones pitched a perfect top of the first inning. Brett Butler doubled against the Braves’ John Smoltz to lead off the bottom half. Butler advanced to third base on Jose Vizcaino’s sacrifice bunt and came home on a double by Brogna. Smoltz retired the next two batters and Jones gave up just a single to Dwight Smith in the top of the second. Orsulak singled to open the bottom of the inning. Joe went to third on David Segui’s single and scored on a sacrifice fly by Todd Hundley for a 2-0 Mets lead. Smoltz then struck out both Jones and Butler to end the inning.

Javy Lopez was hit by a pitch to open the top of the third. Mark Lemke hit a force play ground ball to second baseman Jeff Kent and moved to second base on Smoltz’s sacrifice bunt. Marquis Grissom followed with a double that brought home Lemke with the Braves’ first run of the game. Jones fanned Jeff Blauser for the inning’s third out and Vizcaino walked to begin the bottom half. Brogna went down on strikes and Bobby Bonilla doubled to right field. Kent was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Smith. Orsulak then grounded out to Smoltz to finish off the inning.

With two outs in the top of the fourth, Smith hit a home run to tie the game at 2-2. Jose Oliva singled and Lopez was called out on strikes for the inning’s third out. Smoltz shut down the Mets in the bottom half and Jones hurled a scoreless top of the fifth. Brogna got a leadoff single in the bottom of the inning. Rico advanced to third base on a single by Bonilla and scored the go-ahead run on Kent’s double play grounder to shortstop Blauser. Orsulak singled and went to third on a single by Segui. Smoltz then got Hundley to ground out to second baseman Lemke and end the inning.

Jones retired the side in order in the top of the sixth. Smoltz pitched a perfect bottom half and Jones set down all three Atlanta batters in the top of the seventh. Brogna singled against Braves’ reliever Brad Woodall to lead off the bottom of the inning. Bonilla hit a single and Kent reached on an error by Lemke to load the bases. Orsulak singled to drive home Brogna. Trying to score on the play, Bonilla was out at home via a throw by center fielder Grissom to catcher Lopez. Kent advanced to third base on a wild pitch and scored on Segui’s force play grounder to Lemke for a 5-2 Mets lead. Woodall then retired Hundley on a pop-up to first baseman Fred McGriff that closed out the inning.

Jones yielded only a single to Blauser in the top of the eighth. Atlanta reliever Pedro Borbon, Jr. hurled a scoreless bottom half and the Mets’ John Franco struck out Smith to start the top of the ninth. Oliva slugged a homer for the Braves’ third run and Lopez drew a walk. Mike Mordecai hit a single and pinch-hitter Mike Kelly grounded out to Franco. John then fanned Grissom to end the game. The Mets had a victory to conclude the series.