May 24, 1994: Three-Run 9th Beats Bucs
|Date: May 24, 1994|
|Mets starter: Bobby Jones|
|Winning pitcher: Bobby Jones|
|Key player(s): Bobby Bonilla, Ryan Thompson, Jose Vizcaino, Joe Orsulak|
|Key play: Bonilla’s and Thompson’s home runs, Vizcaino’s and Orsulak’s RBI singles|
The Mets faced the Pirates on a Tuesday night in Pittsburgh. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. The Mets scored three runs in the ninth inning for a 4-2 win over the Bucs.
Pirates’ starter Zane Smith gave up only a single to Jose Vizcaino in the top of the first. Al Martin doubled against the Mets’ Bobby Jones to lead off the bottom half. A sacrifice bunt by Jay Bell advanced Martin to third base. Andy Van Slyke grounded out to shortstop Vizcaino to drive home Martin for a 1-0 Bucs lead. Jones then retired Jeff King on a line drive to left fielder Jim Lindeman for the third out.
After scoreless second and third innings, Bobby Bonilla hit a solo home run with one out in the top of the fourth. Jeff Kent singled and Ryan Thompson was retired on a pop-up to second baseman Carlos Garcia. David Segui grounded out to shortstop Bell to end the inning and Jones set down the side in order in the bottom half. Smith yielded just a single to Kelly Stinnett in the top of the fifth and Orlando Merced got a one-out double in the bottom of the inning. Don Slaught grounded out to first baseman Segui to advance Merced to third. Jones then retired Garcia on a fly ball to center fielder Thompson to finish off the inning.
Smith shut down the Mets in the top of the sixth. Pinch-hitter Gary Varsho doubled to lead off in the bottom half. Varsho moved to third base after Martin’s fly out to right fielder Rick Parker. Bell drew a walk and Van Slyke singled to score Varsho for a 2-1 Pirates lead. On the play, Bell was out via a relay throw by Vizcaino to third baseman Bonilla. Jones then got Tom Foley to fly out to Lindeman and end the inning.
Jones and Pittsburgh reliever John Hope each pitched scoreless ball in the seventh and eighth. With one out in the top of the ninth, Thompson homered against the Bucs’ Rick White to tie the game. Segui and Stinnett followed with back-to-back singles and pinch-hitter Jeff McKnight went down on strikes. Vizcaino hit a single to bring home pinch-runner John Cangelosi and put the Mets ahead, 3-2. Joe Orsulak singled against Pirates’ reliever Jeff Ballard to plate Stinnett with the fourth New York run of the game. Ballard then retired Lindeman on a fly ball to right fielder Dave Clark to close out the inning.
Mets’ reliever John Franco got Foley on a fly ball to Thompson to start the bottom of the ninth. Clark was retired on a ground ball to Vizcaino. Franco then struck out Merced to end the game. The Mets had a comeback victory.