May 29, 1994: Mets Complete Sweep of Reds
|Date: May 29, 1994|
|Mets starter: Bobby Jones|
|Winning pitcher: Bobby Jones|
|Key player(s): Bobby Jones, Bobby Bonilla, Jeff Kent|
|Key play: Kent’s and Bonilla’s RBI singles|
The Mets faced the Reds on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets completed a series sweep with an 8-5 win over Cincinnati.
Mets’ starter Bobby Jones pitched a scoreless top of the first inning. David Segui hit a single against the Reds’ Erik Hanson with one out in the bottom half. Joe Orsulak drew a walk and advanced to third base on Bobby Bonilla’s single that drove home Segui. On his own hit, Bonilla was out via a relay throw by third baseman Tony Fernandez to second baseman Bret Boone. Jeff Kent hit a single to score Orsulak for a 2-0 Mets lead. Hanson then struck out Shawn Hare to end the inning.
After setting down the side in order in the top of the second, Jones hit a two-out double in the bottom half. Luis Rivera got an infield single and moved to third base on Segui’s single that scored Jones. Orsulak singled to bring home Rivera and increase the Mets’ lead to 4-0. Bonilla went down on strikes to close out the inning and Jones hurled a perfect top of the third. Kent and Hare began the bottom half with back-to-back singles against Hanson. Ryan Thompson singled to drive home Kent and send Hare to third. Todd Hundley grounded out to first baseman Hal Morris to plate Hare for a six-run New York lead. Thompson went to third on a wild pitch and Jones flied out to center fielder Jacob Brumfield. Cincinnati reliever Jerry Spradlin then retired Rivera on a ground ball to Morris for the inning’s third out.
Jones set down all three batters in the top of the fourth. Segui drew a walk to open the bottom half. Orsulak singled and advanced to third base on Bonilla’s single that scored Segui. Kent hit a single to bring home Orsulak and extend the Mets’ lead to 8-0. Spradlin then threw a called third strike past Hare and got Thompson to hit a grounder to Fernandez for an inning-ending double play.
Boone singled with one out in the top of the fifth. Brumfield flied out to center fielder Thompson and a single by Ed Taubensee ensued. Pinch-hitter Jeff Branson singled to score Boone and a walk to Lenny Harris loaded the bases. Barry Larkin followed with a single that drove home Taubensee and Branson, cutting the Mets’ lead to 8-3. Jones retired Morris on a fly ball to Thompson that finished off the inning. Reds’ reliever Tim Fortugno then pitched a scoreless bottom half.
Following a scoreless sixth, Taubensee hit a one-out double in the top of the seventh. Branson was struck out and Harris singled to score Taubensee. Larkin popped out to first baseman Segui to end the inning and Fortugno retired the side 1-2-3 in the bottom half. With one out in the top of the eighth, Thomas Howard singled and advanced to third base on an error by Thompson. Jerome Walton popped out to Segui and a single by Boone brought home Howard with the Reds’ fifth run of the game. Jones retired Brumfield on an inning-ending ground ball to third baseman Bonilla. Cincinnati reliever Chuck McElroy then pitched a perfect bottom half.
Pinch-hitter Brian Dorsett singled against Mets’ reliever John Franco to lead off the top of the ninth. Dorsett moved to second base on a wild pitch and to third on Branson’s ground out to second baseman Kent. Franco then struck out Harris and got Larkin on a fly ball to left fielder John Cangelosi for the game’s final out. The Mets had a victory and a sweep of the series.