May 18, 1996: Mets Trounce Giants with 15 Hits

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Date: May 18, 1996
Mets starter: Mark Clark
Mets: 14
Giants: 5
Winning pitcher: Mark Clark
Key player(s): Todd Hundley, Rey Ordonez, Rico Brogna
Key play: Brogna's homer, Ordonez's two-run single, Hundley's first homer

The Mets faced the Giants on a Saturday afternoon in San Francisco. It was a productive day for the Mets as they pounded out 15 hits off three pitchers. Mark Clark pitched a complete game for a 14-5 Met win.

The Mets scored twice in the first inning against Giants' starter William VanLandingham. Lance Johnson led off with a single and advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Lance moved to third on bunt single by Jose Vizcaino and scored on Bernard Gilkey's double play grounder. Rico Brogna then homered off VanLandingham for the Mets' second run.

After pitching a scoreless bottom of the first, Clark surrendered a solo homer to Glenallen Hill in the second. He retired Shawon Dunston on a fly ball to left fielder Gilkey and gave up a single to Tom Lampkin. Mark then got VanLandingham on a called third strike to end the inning.

The Mets loaded the bases with two singles and a walk to begin the top of the third. Brogna followed with another single to score Johnson and Vizcaino. A walk to Jeff Kent reloaded the bases and Todd Hundley was hit by a pitch to force home Gilkey. Giants' reliever Jose Bautista recorded an out before giving up a single to Rey Ordonez that brought home Kent and Hundley. Bautista retired the next two batters to close the inning with the Mets in front, 7-1.

In the bottom of the third, the Giants had two runners on base with none out. Clark got Barry Bonds on a line drive to second baseman Vizcaino, who turned an unassisted double play. Matt Williams doubled and Mark Carreon reached base on an error by shortstop Ordonez that allowed two runs to score. Clark then struck out Hill for the third out of the inning.

Hundley stepped up to the plate with two out and two runners on base in the top of the fourth. Todd hit a pitch from Bautista over the wall for a three-run homer. Clark followed up by shutting down San Francisco in the bottom of the inning and pitching a perfect fifth to keep the Mets' 10-3 lead intact.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Giants got a run on Lampkin's single that scored Hill. Neither team scored in the seventh as Clark and Bautista pitched 1-2-3 innings. The Mets then got a run in the top of the eighth as Ordonez doubled and scored on a pair of ground outs.

San Francisco's Doug Creek walked Gilkey to start the top of the ninth inning. Kent singled with one out and Hundley came to bat. Todd hit his second three-run homer of the game to extend the Mets' lead to 14-4. Ordonez later singled for his fourth hit and the Mets' 15th of the game.

The Giants scored against Clark in the bottom of the ninth. Dunston led off with a double and later came home on a ground out by pinch-hitter Mel Hall. Mark then got Stan Javier on a grounder to Vizcaino for the final out of the game. The Mets had a decisive victory as Clark recorded his second complete game of the year.