May 19, 1995: Four Runs in 7th Bury Phils

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Date: May 19, 1995
Mets starter: Bret Saberhagen
Mets: 5
Phillies: 1
Winning pitcher: Eric Gunderson
Key player(s): Jose Vizcaino, Rico Brogna
Key play: Vizcaino’s fielder’s choice grounder, Brogna’s home run

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Friday night in Philadelphia. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. The Mets scored four runs in the seventh inning and defeated the Phils, 5-1.

Bret Saberhagen and the Phillies’ Paul Quantrill each started the game with three scoreless innings pitched. Bobby Bonilla drew a one-out walk in the top of the fourth. Joe Orsulak singled and Jeff Kent hit a single to drive home Bonilla. Todd Hundley lined out to right fielder Jim Eisenreich and a strikeout of Chris Jones ended the inning. Saberhagen then yielded only a single to Eisenreich in the bottom half.

After setting down the side in order in the top of the fifth, Quantrill drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the inning. Lenny Dykstra hit a single and Mickey Morandini walked to load the bases. Gregg Jefferies followed with a sacrifice fly that brought home Quantrill and tied the game at 1-1. Dave Hollins grounded back to Saberhagen for the inning’s third out and Quantrill hurled a scoreless top of the sixth. Mets’ reliever Eric Gunderson then retired all three batters in the bottom half.

Jones singled to lead off the top of the seventh. Gunderson was hit by a pitch and Brett Butler’s sacrifice bunt advanced the runners to second and third base. Jose Vizcaino reached on a fielder’s choice ground ball to drive home Jones and put the Mets ahead, 2-1. Rico Brogna followed with a homer to increase the New York lead to four runs. Bonilla singled and Quantrill was replaced on the mound by Philadelphia reliever Kyle Abbott, who got Joe Orsulak to hit a force play grounder to first baseman Hollins. Abbott retired Kent on an inning-ending line drive to Eisenreich. Gunderson then shut down the Phils in the bottom half.

Phillies’ reliever Ricky Bottalico pitched a scoreless top of the eighth. The Mets’ Doug Henry gave up only a double to Jefferies in the bottom of the inning and Bottalico surrendered just a walk to Bonilla in the top of the ninth. Charlie Hayes was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Orsulak to begin the bottom half. Kevin Stocker also flied out to Orsulak. Henry then got pinch-hitter Tony Longmire on a fly ball to left fielder Jones for the final out of the game. The Mets had a victory to start the weekend series.