May 13, 1993: Schourek Leads Shutout of Cards

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Date: May 13, 1993
Mets starter: Pete Schourek
Mets: 4
Cardinals: 0
Winning pitcher: Pete Schourek
Key player(s): Pete Schourek, Dave Gallagher, Eddie Murray
Key play: Murray’s double, Gallagher’s home run

The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Thursday afternoon in St. Louis. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Pete Schourek pitched eight shutout innings as the Mets blanked the Redbirds, 4-0.

Vince Coleman opened the top of the first inning with a double against Cards’ starter Rheal Cormier. A sacrifice bunt by Dave Gallagher advanced Coleman to third base. Vince came home on a double by Eddie Murray for the first run of the game. Bobby Bonilla grounded out to shortstop Ozzie Smith and a single by Howard Johnson scored Murray. Cormier got Chico Walker on an inning-ending ground ball to third baseman Todd Zeile. Schourek then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Charlie O'Brien led off the top of the second with a double to left field. Tim Bogar grounded back to Cormier to advance O’Brien to third base. Charlie scored on Schourek’s sacrifice bunt to extend the Mets’ lead to 3-0. Coleman grounded out to second baseman Geronimo Pena to end the inning. Schourek then shut down the Cardinals in the bottom half.

Schourek and Cormier each allowed only a single in pitching scoreless third and fourth innings. With two outs in the top of the fifth, Gallagher homered for the Mets’ fourth run. Cormier retired Murray on a fly ball to right fielder Mark Whiten for the third out and Schourek pitched a perfect bottom of the inning. St. Louis reliever Rene Arocha set down the Mets in order in the top of the sixth. Smith and Ray Lankford got back-to-back singles with two outs in the bottom half. Schourek then threw a called third strike past Gregg Jefferies to close out the inning.

Arocha and Schourek each set down the side in order in the seventh. In the top of the eighth, Cardinals’ reliever Les Lancaster retired all three New York batters. Pena hit a double with two outs in the bottom half. Schourek got Smith on a fly ball to center fielder Gallagher to end the inning. Lancaster then set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the ninth.

Mets’ reliever John Franco struck out Lankford to start the bottom of the ninth inning. Jefferies grounded out to Franco and an infield single by Whiten followed. Franco then got Zeile to hit a force play grounder to third baseman Johnson and end the game. The Mets had a shutout victory to finish off the series.