May 30, 1995: Harnisch and Henry Blank Padres

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Date: May 30, 1995
Mets starter: Pete Harnisch
Mets: 8
Padres: 0
Winning pitcher: Pete Harnisch
Key player(s): Pete Harnisch, Doug Henry, Brett Butler, Ryan Thompson
Key play: Butler’s and Thompson’s singles

The Mets faced the Padres on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the second of three games in a series. Pete Harnisch and Doug Henry combined for a four-hit shutout in an 8-0 Mets win over San Diego.

Harnisch and the Padres’ Scott Sanders each started the game with four scoreless innings pitched. Pete yielded two doubles and a single and collected the Mets’ lone hit against Sanders with a single in the third. Bip Roberts got a two-out single for the fourth San Diego hit in the top of the fifth. Steve Finley drew a walk and catcher Alberto Castillo’s passed ball moved the runners to second and third base. Tony Gwynn was walked intentionally to load the bases. Harnisch then struck out Ken Caminiti to end the inning.

Jose Vizcaino got a leadoff single in the bottom of the fifth. Castillo singled for his first major league hit and Harnisch’s sacrifice bunt advanced the runners to second and third base. Brett Butler followed with a single to drive home Vizcaino and Castillo. A balk sent Butler to second and Edgardo Alfonzo grounded out to third baseman Caminiti. Rico Brogna hit a double to score Butler and extend the Mets’ lead to 3-0. Bobby Bonilla was given an intentional walk. Sanders then retired Jeff Kent on a fly ball to center fielder Finley that closed out the inning.

Harnisch set down the side in order in the top of the sixth. Sanders hurled a scoreless bottom half and Pete retired all three batters in the top of the seventh. San Diego reliever Fernando Valenzuela pitched a perfect bottom of the inning and Harnisch retired the side 1-2-3 again in the top of the eighth. Bonilla and Kent drew back-to-back walks against Valenzuela to begin the bottom half. Padres’ reliever Andres Berumen threw a wild pitch to send the runners to second and third base. Ryan Thompson hit a single to bring home Bonilla and Kent for a 5-0 Mets lead. Thompson stole second and Vizcaino drew a walk. Another wild pitch moved the runners to second and third before a walk to Castillo loaded the bases. Pinch-hitter David Segui singled to plate both Thompson and Vizcaino with Castillo advancing to third. Butler hit a sacrifice fly to drive home Castillo with the Mets’ eighth run of the game. Berumen then got Alfonzo to ground out to shortstop Andujar Cedeno and struck out Brogna to finish off the inning.

Henry fanned Eddie Williams to begin the top of the ninth. Melvin Nieves was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Butler. Doug then got Cedeno to ground out to shortstop Tim Bogar for the game’s final out. The Mets had a shutout victory on a four-hitter.