October 1, 1993: Telgheder Leads Mets Over Marlins

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Date: October 1, 1993
Mets starter: Dave Telgheder
Mets: 4
Marlins: 1
Winning pitcher: Dave Telgheder
Key player(s): Dave Telgheder, Eddie Murray, Joe Orsulak
Key play: Murray’s double

The Mets faced the Marlins on a Friday night in Florida. The teams played the opener of a season-closing weekend series. Dave Telgheder pitched eight scoreless innings in a 4-1 Mets win.

Joe Orsulak singled against Marlins’ starter David Weathers to lead off the top of the first inning. Orsulak advanced to second base on a wild pitch and Kevin Baez drew a walk. Eddie Murray hit a double to drive home Orsulak and Baez. Jeromy Burnitz drew a walk and Chico Walker followed with a force play ground ball to second baseman Bret Barberie. Jeff Kent singled to score Murray for a 3-0 Mets lead. Weathers struck out Todd Hundley and retired Ryan Thompson on a fly ball to right fielder Darrell Whitmore to end the inning. Telgheder then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Orsulak got a one-out triple in the top of the second. Baez singled to bring home Orsulak for a four-run New York lead, but was out on Whitmore’s throw to third baseman Alex Arias. Murray flied out to left fielder Jeff Conine to finish off the inning and Telgheder gave up only a double to Matias Carrillo in the bottom half. Weathers retired the side in order in the top of the third and Rob Natal hit a double to begin the bottom of the inning. A sacrifice bunt by Weathers moved Natal to third base. Walt Weiss was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Burnitz, who then threw to catcher Hundley for an out at home on Natal and an inning-ending double play.

Telgheder and Weathers each pitched two-hit scoreless ball from the fourth inning to the seventh. Burnitz hit a one-out double against Weathers in the top of the eighth. Walker was called out on strikes and Kent drew a walk. Charlie O'Brien drew a walk against Florida reliever Luis Aquino to load the bases. Aquino retired Thompson on a fly ball to center fielder Carrillo to close out the inning. Telgheder then shut down the Fish in the bottom half.

Marlins’ reliever Rich Rodriguez yielded only a single to pinch-hitter Dave Gallagher in the top of the ninth. Conine singled against the Mets’ Mike Maddux to lead off the bottom of the inning. Orestes Destrade grounded out to first baseman Gallagher and a line drive by Carrillo was caught by center fielder Thompson. Arias drew a walk and Whitmore hit a single to score Conine. Maddux then struck out Natal to end the game. The Mets had a victory to start the series.