May 27, 1995: Saberhagen's Complete Game Ends Skid
|Date: May 27, 1995|
|Mets starter: Bret Saberhagen|
|Winning pitcher: Bret Saberhagen|
|Key player(s): Bret Saberhagen, David Segui, Bobby Bonilla, Jeff Kent|
|Key play: Bonilla’s and Kent’s home runs|
The Mets faced the Giants on a Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the second of three games in a weekend series. Bret Saberhagen pitched a complete game for his first win of the season as the Mets ended a six-game losing streak with a 6-3 victory over San Francisco.
Saberhagen set down the Giants in order in the top of the first inning. Brett Butler drew a walk to open the bottom half. Edgardo Alfonzo popped out to first baseman J. R. Phillips and a single by David Segui ensued. Butler advanced from second to third base on Bobby Bonilla’s fly out to right fielder Glenallen Hill. Joe Orsulak singled to drive home Brett for the first run of the game. Jeff Kent hit a single to left field to score Segui and extend the Mets’ lead to 2-0. San Francisco starter Jose Bautista then retired Kelly Stinnett on an inning-ending fly ball to left fielder Barry Bonds.
Following a scoreless second inning, Saberhagen pitched a perfect top of the third. Segui singled with one out in the bottom half. Bonilla hit a two-run homer and Orsulak grounded out to second baseman John Patterson. Kent homered for the Mets’ fifth run of the game and Bautista hit Stinnett with a pitch. With Steve Mintz on in relief for the Giants, Stinnett stole second base. Jose Vizcaino was given an intentional walk. Mintz then struck out Saberhagen to end the inning.
Saberhagen and Mintz each pitched scoreless ball from the fourth inning to the seventh. Bret kept his shutout intact by retiring the Giants 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth. Vizcaino singled against San Francisco reliever Dave Burba to lead off the bottom of the inning. Jose moved to second base on Saberhagen’s sacrifice bunt and to third on Butler’s ground out to shortstop Royce Clayton. With Alfonzo at bat, a passed ball by catcher Tom Lampkin allowed Vizcaino to score for a 6-0 Mets lead. Burba then got Alfonzo on a fly ball to Hill for the third out of the inning.
Bonds drew a one-out walk in the top of the ninth. Matt Williams followed with a single to center field. Hill homered to end Saberhagen’s shutout bid and cut the Mets’ lead in half. Clayton grounded out to third baseman Alfonzo. Saberhagen then retired Phillips on a game-ending ground ball to first baseman Segui. The Mets had a win to snap a six-game skid.