May 31, 1995: Chris Jones Homers in 10th
|Date: May 31, 1995|
|Mets starter: Bobby Jones|
|Winning pitcher: John Franco|
|Key player(s): Chris Jones|
|Key play: Chris Jones' home run|
The Mets and Padres concluded a three-game series at Shea Stadium on a Wednesday afternoon. It was an extra-inning encounter that lasted three hours and twenty minutes. The Mets ended up with a 7-5 victory over San Diego on Chris Jones' home run bottom of the tenth inning.
Bobby Jones pitched eight innings for the Mets. Bobby struck out seven batters, but allowed three runs and eight hits to the Padres. Meanwhile, the Mets scored once against San Diego's Andy Benes through seven innings.
In the bottom of the eighth, Edgardo Alfonzo walked and Rico Brogna singled with one out. Benes was then replaced by Brian Williams, who gave up a single to Bobby Bonilla that scored Alfonzo. With two out, Joe Orsulak reached first base when Williams' threw a wild pitch on the third strike to load the bases. Jose Vizcaino then singled to score pinch-runner Tim Bogar and Bonilla, putting the Mets ahead, 4-3.
Eddie Williams' leadoff homer against John Franco tied the game for the Padres in the ninth. San Diego then took the lead with an unearned run in the top of the tenth. Padres' reliever Trevor Hoffman came on to pitch in the bottom half of the inning.
Jeff Kent and Orsulak singled off Hoffman with one out in the tenth. Chris Jones was then called on to pinch-hit for Franco. Chris nailed a pitch from Hoffman for a three-run homer to win the game for the Mets. It was a thrilling end to the game and the series for the fans at Shea.