May 17, 1994: Orsulak's 2-Run Single in 9th

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Date: May 17, 1994
Mets starter: Pete Smith
Mets: 4
Marlins: 3
Winning pitcher: John Franco
Key player(s): Joe Orsulak
Key play: Orsulak's 9th inning single

The Mets faced the Marlins on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams were involved in a close battle that was decided on the final pitch of the game. A single by Joe Orsulak in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Mets a 4-3 win.

Mets' starter Pete Smith shut out the Fish for the first five innings. Three singles and a walk were all that Pete allowed to Florida. Meanwhile, the Mets had grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first when Jose Vizcaino led off with a triple and scored on Ryan Thompson's ground out.

In the top of the sixth inning, Smith retired the first two Marlin batters. Dave Magadan followed with a single and Jeff Conine hit a home run to put Florida ahead, 2-1. Orsulak answered in the bottom half with a game-tying homer off Marlins' starter Pat Rapp.

Conine hit a two-out double off Mets' reliever Roger Mason in the top of the eighth inning. A single by Benito Santiago brought home Conine to reclaim the lead for the Fish. The Mets failed to score in the bottom of the inning.

Mason and John Franco pitched a scoreless top of the ninth inning for the Mets. In the bottom half, Todd Hundley walked to lead off. After two outs, Vizcaino and pinch-hitter Jeff McKnight drew walks to load the bases. Orsulak then ripped a pitch from Florida reliever Jeremy Hernandez into right field for a single. Hundley and Vizcaino came in to score the tying and winning runs. The Mets had an amazing come-from-behind victory on Orsulak's clutch hit.


  • The win for Franco was his only one of the season.