September 14, 1995: Brogna's Homer in 5th Beats Astros

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Date: September 14, 1995
Mets starter: Dave Mlicki
Mets: 4
Astros: 2
Winning pitcher: Dave Mlicki
Key player(s): Rico Brogna, Tim Bogar
Key play: Brogna's two-run homer

The Mets completed a series with the Astros on a Thursday night. The crowd at Shea Stadium watched as the Mets came out with their second win of the three-game set. A home run by Rico Brogna in the fifth inning gave the Mets an eventual 4-2 victory.

In the second inning, the Mets took a 1-0 lead aginst Houston starter Shane Reynolds. Todd Hundley led off with a single and moved to third base on a single by Ryan Thompson. Tim Bogar followed with a force play grounder on which Hundley came home. Meanwhile, Dave Mlicki held the Astros scoreless on one hit through the end of the third.

Houston tied the game when Ricky Gutierrez singled to score Derrick May in the top of the fourth. The Mets grabbed back the lead in the bottom half on Bogar's single that scored Hundley. The Astros then tied the game at 2-2 on a single by May that brought home John Cangelosi with two out in the top of the fifth inning.

Reynolds walked Carl Everett to open the bottom of the fifth. Following an out, Brogna stepped up to the plate. Rico homered to put the Mets in front by two runs. Mlicki made the lead stand up by shutting down Houston the the sixth and seventh innings.

Mets' reliever Paul Byrd retired the Astros in order in the top of the eighth. In the ninth, John Franco got Tony Eusebio to hit into a double play and Mike Simms on a ground ball to third baseman Bogar to end the game. The Mets had a win as Brogna's two-run homer provided the margin of victory.

Notes

  • This game turned out to be the final one at Shea for home plate umpire John McSherry. The following year, McSherry collapsed while working the season opener in Cincinnati. He passed away later that day,