May 4, 1994: Bonilla's Homers Lead Comeback

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Date: May 4, 1994
Mets starter: Eric Hillman
Mets: 7
Giants: 4
Winning pitcher: Doug Linton
Key player(s): Bobby Bonilla, Jeff Kent, Kelly Stinnett
Key play: Bonilla’s home runs

The Mets faced the Giants on a Wednesday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Bobby Bonilla hit two home runs in a 7-4 Mets win over San Francisco.

Robby Thompson singled against Mets’ starter Eric Hillman with one out in the top of the first inning. Barry Bonds hit a two-run homer and Matt Williams drew a walk. Willie McGee followed with a force play ground ball to shortstop Jose Vizcaino. Hillman retired Todd Benzinger on a fly ball to right fielder John Cangelosi for the third out. Cangelosi doubled against the Giants’ Bryan Hickerson to lead off the bottom half. Hickerson then retired the next three Mets batters to end the inning.

Hillman surrendered just a walk to Hickerson in the top of the second. Jeff Kent drew a walk to open the bottom half. Kelly Stinnett hit a single and Ryan Thompson’s ground out to third baseman Williams advanced the runners to second and third. David Segui reached on an infield ground ball that drove home Kent. On the play, Stinnett was out at third via a throw by shortstop Mike Benjamin to Williams. Hickerson then got Hillman on a pop-up to Benjamin to close out the inning.

Leading off the top of the third, Robby Thompson homered for the Giants’ third run of the game. Bonds was hit by a pitch and was caught stealing on catcher Stinnett’s throw to second baseman Kent. Williams hit a double and moved to third base on McGee’s ground out to Vizcaino. Benzinger singled to score Williams and increase the San Francisco lead to 4-1. Hillman retired Benjamin on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Ryan Thompson. Hickerson then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Hillman set down the Giants in order in the top of the fourth. The Mets failed to score after loading the bases in the bottom of the inning. Robby Thompson drew a walk against New York reliever Josias Manzanillo to begin the top of the fifth. A wild pitch sent Robby Thompson to second base and Mark Carreon lined out to Ryan Thompson. Robby Thompson advanced to third on Stinnett’s passed ball and Williams lined out to third baseman Bonilla. Manzanillo got McGee to ground out to Kent and finish off the inning. Hickerson then retired all three Mets batters in the bottom half.

Manzanillo hurled a perfect top of the sixth. Bonilla slugged a home run against Hickerson to open the bottom of the inning. Kent singled and went to third base on a single by Stinnett. Against Giants’ reliever Dave Burba, Ryan Thompson hit a sacrifice fly to score Kent and reduce the San Francisco lead to 4-3. Segui followed with a force play ground ball to second baseman Robby Thompson. On the play, David moved to second via an error by Benjamin. Burba then got pinch-hitter Fernando Vina to ground out to Robby Thompson and end the inning.

Mets’ reliever Doug Linton retired the side 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh. Kevin McReynolds singled with two outs in the bottom half. Bonilla followed with his second homer of the game to put the Mets ahead, 5-4. Kent flied out to left fielder Bonds to end the inning and Linton hurled a scoreless top of the eighth. Stinnett walked against Burba to lead off the bottom half. Ryan Thompson was hit by a pitch and Segui drew a walk against Giants’ reliever Michael Jackson to load the bases. Pinch-hitter Jeff McKnight hit a sacrifice fly to drive home Stinnett. Cangelosi singled to score Ryan Thompson with the Mets’ seventh run. San Francisco’s Steve Frey then got Vizcaino to hit a grounder to Benjamin for an inning-ending double play.

Mets’ reliever John Franco retired Benzinger on a ground ball to Bonilla to start the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Jeff Reed went down on strikes. Franco then got pinch-hitter Dave Martinez to ground out to first baseman Segui and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a comeback victory to close out the series.