May 27, 1994: Thirteen Hits Trounce Reds

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Date: May 27, 1994
Mets starter: Pete Smith
Mets: 10
Reds: 2
Winning pitcher: Pete Smith
Key player(s): Pete Smith, Luis Rivera, Todd Hundley, David Segui
Key play: Rivera’s home run, Hundley’s triple and homer

The Mets faced the Reds on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. The Mets pounded out thirteen hits in a 10-2 win over Cincinnati.

Mets’ starter Pete Smith hurled a scoreless top of the first inning. David Segui and Joe Orsulak got back-to-back singles against the Reds’ Tim Pugh with one out in the bottom half. Bobby Bonilla reached on first baseman Hal Morris’s error to load the bases and Jeff Kent followed with a sacrifice fly to drive home Segui. Shawn Hare drew a walk to reload the bases and Ryan Thompson walked to force home Orsulak for a 2-0 Mets lead. Todd Hundley then grounded back to Pugh for the third out.

After shutting down the Reds in the top of the second, Smith singled to open the bottom of the inning. Luis Rivera connected for a two-run homer and Segui drew a walk. Orsulak grounded out to second baseman Bret Boone and a single by Bonilla brought home Segui, increasing the Mets’ lead to 5-0. On his own hit, Bonilla was out at second base via a relay throw by Morris to shortstop Barry Larkin. Pugh then struck out Kent to end the inning.

Boone doubled to lead off the top of the third. Brian Dorsett reached on second baseman Kent’s two-base error that allowed Boone to come home. Pugh grounded out to third baseman Bonilla and a strikeout of Larkin followed. Smith retired Jerome Walton on a ground ball to Bonilla that closed out the inning and Hare got a leadoff single in the bottom half. Thompson went down on strikes and Hare went to second base on a wild pitch. Hundley tripled to drive home Hare for a 6-1 Mets lead. Pugh then threw a called third strike past Smith and got Rivera on a grounder to Larkin to finish off the inning.

Smith gave up only a single to Roberto Kelly in the top of the fourth. Orsulak and Bonilla got consecutive singles against Cincinnati reliever Pete Schourek with one out in the bottom half. Kent drew a walk to load the bases and Hare grounded back to Schourek for an inning-ending double play. Boone hit a home run to begin the top of the fifth. Smith retired the next three batters on infield ground balls and Thompson was hit by a pitch to open the bottom half. Hundley homered to extend the Mets’ lead to 8-2. Smith was struck out and Rivera reached on right fielder Reggie Sanders’ error. Trying to advance on the play, Rivera was out at second via a throw by Sanders to Boone. Schourek then retired Segui on a grounder to Larkin for the inning’s final out.

Smith and Schourek each pitched one-hit scoreless ball in the sixth and seventh innings. Pete gave up just a single to pinch-hitter Jeff Branson in the top of the eighth and Rivera drew a walk against Reds’ reliever Jerry Spradlin to lead off the bottom half. Segui hit a single and Orsulak singled for the Mets’ thirteenth hit to score Rivera. Segui moved to third base after Bonilla’s fly out to center fielder Kelly and came home with the tenth New York run on Kent’s sacrifice fly. A passed ball by catcher Dorsett advanced Orsulak to third. Spradlin then struck out Hare to end the inning.

Kelly singled to begin the top of the ninth. Sanders hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Rivera and a walk to Tony Fernandez ensued. Smith then got Boone on a grounder to Rivera for a double play that ended the game. The Mets had a victory to start the weekend series.