October 3, 1993: Mets Defeat Marlins in Season Finale

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Date: October 3, 1993
Mets starter: Pete Schourek
Mets: 9
Marlins: 2
Winning pitcher: Pete Schourek
Key player(s): Pete Schourek, Eddie Murray, Charlie O'Brien
Key play: Murray’s and O’Brien’s doubles in 1st

The Mets faced the Marlins on a Sunday afternoon. The teams completed the season on a rainy day in Miami. In a game cut short in the bottom of the ninth inning due to the weather, the Mets emerged with a 9-2 win over Florida.

Kevin Baez doubled against Marlins’ starter Jack Armstrong with one out in the top of the first inning. Eddie Murray hit a double to drive home Baez and a walk to Jeromy Burnitz ensued. Chico Walker flied out to right fielder Darrell Whitmore and a single by Jeff Kent scored Murray. Charlie O'Brien followed with a double to plate Burnitz for a 3-0 Mets lead. Ryan Thompson was walked intentionally to load the bases. Armstrong then retired Pete Schourek on a fly ball to Whitmore that ended the inning.

Chuck Carr drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the first. Carr stole second base and advanced to third on Bret Barberie’s ground out to second baseman Kent. Jeff Conine grounded out to shortstop Baez to drive home Carr with the first Florida run of the game. Mets’ starter Schourek got Orestes Destrade on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Thompson. Armstrong and Schourek then pitched scoreless second and third innings.

Thompson homered for the Mets’ fourth run with one out in the top of the fourth. Schourek took a called third strike and Joe Orsulak grounded out to first baseman Destrade to finish off the inning. Schourek shut down the Fish in the bottom half and Armstrong hurled a scoreless top of the fifth. Pete yielded only a single to Walt Weiss in the bottom of the inning and Thompson reached on a wild pitch third strike against Florida reliever Luis Aquino with two outs in the top of the sixth. Schourek followed with a single to left field. Aquino then got Orsulak on a fly ball to Whitmore for the inning’s final out.

Barberie doubled to open the bottom of the sixth inning. Conine grounded out to second baseman Doug Saunders and a double by Destrade brought home Barberie to cut the Mets’ lead to 4-2. Alex Arias flied out to left fielder Orsulak and a strikeout of Terry McGriff ended the inning. Aquino set down the Mets in order in the top of the seventh. Schourek retired all three batters in the bottom half and Florida reliever Richie Lewis pitched a perfect top of the eighth. Pete then retired all three Marlins batters in the bottom of the inning.

Thompson doubled to begin the top of the ninth. Ryan scored on pinch-hitter Dwight Gooden’s triple and Lewis was replaced on the mound by Fish reliever Joe Klink. Orsulak greeted Klink with a single that drove home pinch-runner Tito Navarro. Baez singled and a wild pitch by Florida’s Matt Turner put Mets’ runners on second and third base. Murray’s ensuing ground out to second baseman Barberie scored Orsulak and advanced Baez to third. Burnitz followed with a sacrifice fly that plated Baez for an 8-2 New York lead. Walker homered for the Mets’ ninth run and Saunders singled to left field. Turner then got O’Brien to hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Weiss for the inning’s final out.

Leading off the bottom of the ninth inning, Destrade singled to right field against Mets’ reliever Mike Maddux. The game was then held up by the heavy rain and eventually discontinued. The Mets had a victory and a six-game winning streak to conclude the ’93 season.

Notes

  • Walker’s home run and Saunders’ single both came in their final major league at-bats.
  • Navarro’s run scored was his only one in the major leagues.