May 5, 1994: Homers and Doubles Rout Cardinals

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Date: May 5, 1994
Mets starter: Bret Saberhagen
Mets: 8
Cardinals: 1
Winning pitcher: Bret Saberhagen
Key player(s): Bobby Bonilla, David Segui, Kelly Stinnett, Bret Saberhagen
Key play: Segui’s, Stinnett’s and Bonilla’s home runs

The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Thursday night in St. Louis. The teams played the opener of a four-game series. The Mets collected six extra-base hits in an 8-1 win over the Redbirds.

Bret Saberhagen and the Cards’ Allen Watson each started the game with two scoreless innings pitched. In the top of the third, Saberhagen led off with a single and advanced to second base on John Cangelosi’s sacrifice bunt. Watson struck out Jose Vizcaino and yielded a single to Kevin McReynolds that brought home Saberhagen. Bobby Bonilla doubled and Watson fanned Jeff Kent to end the inning. Ray Lankford hit a double with two outs in the bottom half. An ensuing single by Ozzie Smith scored Lankford to tie the game. Saberhagen then retired Gregg Jefferies on an inning-ending ground ball to first baseman David Segui.

Joe Orsulak doubled with one out in the top of the fourth. Segui followed with a home run to put the Mets ahead, 3-1. Saberhagen grounded out to second baseman Geronimo Pena and a pop-up by Cangelosi was caught by first baseman Jefferies for the third out. Saberhagen pitched a perfect bottom of the inning and Watson set down the Mets in order in the top of the fifth. In the bottom half, Tom Pagnozzi got a one-out single and moved to second on Watson’s sacrifice bunt. Saberhagen then got Lankford to fly out to right fielder Orsulak and end the inning.

With one out in the top of the sixth, Kelly Stinnett homered for the Mets’ fourth run of the game. Orsulak was hit by a pitch and went to second base on catcher Pagnozzi’s passed ball. Segui hit a single to drive home Orsulak and extend the Mets’ lead to 5-1. Against St. Louis reliever Bryan Eversgerd, Saberhagen advanced Segui to second with a sacrifice bunt. Cangelosi grounded out to shortstop Smith to close out the inning. Saberhagen then held the Cardinals to a double by Todd Zeile in the bottom half.

Bonilla hit a home run with two outs in the top of the seventh. Eversgerd fanned Kent for the third out and Saberhagen set down the Cards 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning. Eversgerd and Saberhagen each hurled a perfect eighth and Bret drew a walk against Redbirds’ reliever Rich Rodriguez to open the top of the ninth. Saberhagen went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Cangelosi and to third on Rodriguez’s wild pitch. Vizcaino singled to score Saberhagen and moved to second on an error by right fielder Mark Whiten. McReynolds flied out to center fielder Lankford and a double by Bonilla plated Vizcaino with the Mets’ eighth run. Rodriguez then got Kent on a line drive to left fielder Bernard Gilkey for the final out of the inning.

Jefferies lined out to center fielder Cangelosi to begin the bottom of the ninth. Zeile followed with a fly out to left fielder McReynolds. Saberhagen then retired Gilkey on a grounder to shortstop Vizcaino to end the game. The Mets had a solid victory to start the four-game series.