October 2, 1993: Fernandez Wins Final Game as a Met

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Date: October 2, 1993
Mets starter: Sid Fernandez
Mets: 7
Marlins: 1
Winning pitcher: Sid Fernandez
Key player(s): Sid Fernandez, Ryan Thompson, Chico Walker, Joe Orsulak
Key play: Thompson’s RBI single, Walker’s double, Orsulak’s two-run single

The Mets faced the Marlins on a Saturday night in Miami. The teams played the penultimate game of the regular season. Sid Fernandez recorded the win in his final game as a Met in the team’s 7-1 victory over Florida.

Marlins’ starter Pat Rapp pitched a scoreless top of the first inning. Fernandez responded by retiring the Fish in order in the bottom half. With one out in the top of the second, Jeff Kent singled to center field. Charlie O'Brien drew a walk and Ryan Thompson hit a single that drove home Kent. Rapp recorded outs on each of the next two Mets batters to finish off the inning. Sid then shut down Florida in the bottom half.

Jeromy Burnitz drew a two-out walk in the top of the third. An ensuing double by Chico Walker scored Burnitz with the Mets’ second run of the game. Rapp fanned Kent for the third out and Fernandez hurled a scoreless bottom of the inning. O'Brien and Thompson began the top of the fourth with back-to-back singles. A sacrifice bunt by Fermandez advanced the runners to second and third base. Orsulak followed with a single (and moved to second on a throw) that plated O'Brien and Thompson for a 4-0 Mets’ lead. Kevin Baez flied out to center fielder Chuck Carr. A single by Eddie Murray brought home Orsulak with the fifth New York run. Rapp retired Burnitz on an inning-ending fly ball to Carr. Fernandez then set down the Fish 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

In the top of the fifth inning, Kent homered with one out to increase the Mets’ lead to 6-0. O'Brien hit a single and Thompson popped out to shortstop Walt Weiss. Rapp threw a called third strike past Fernandez to end the inning. Sid pitched a scoreless bottom half and Florida reliever Richie Lewis retired the Mets in order in the top of the sixth. Bret Barberie got a one-out single in the bottom of the inning. Jeff Conine popped out to second baseman Kent and a walk to Orestes Destrade ensued. Alex Arias singled to score Barberie for the first Marlins run. Terry McGriff hit a line drive to right fielder Burnitz for the final out of the inning. Lewis pitched a perfect top of the seventh. Fernandez then set down all three Florida batters in the bottom half.

Marlins’ reliever Robb Nen pitched a scoreless top of the eighth inning. For the Mets, Jeff Innis retired the Fish in order on three consecutive ground balls to Kent in the bottom half. Orsulak singled to lead off the top of the ninth. Baez followed with a single that sent Orsulak to third base. Murray reached on an error by first baseman Destrade on which Orsulak scored the Mets’ seventh run. Nen then set down the next three New York hitters to close out the inning.

Innis struck out Destrade to open the bottom of the ninth. Arias singled to center field and McGriff went down on strikes. Darrell Whitmore hit a single that moved Arias to third base. Innis then got Weiss on a force play grounder to Kent for the game’s final out. The Mets had their fifth straight victory as Fernandez chalked up his 98th and last win as a member of the team.