September 2, 1993: Hundley's Slam Leads Mets Over Cubs

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Date: September 2, 1993
Mets starter: Bobby Jones
Mets: 8
Cubs: 3
Winning pitcher: Bobby Jones
Key player(s): Todd Hundley, Joe Orsulak
Key play: Hundley’s grand slam, Orsulak’s two-run single

The Mets faced the Cubs on a Thursday night at Wrigley Field. The teams played the opener of a four-game weekend series. A grand slam by Todd Hundley paved the way for an 8-3 Mets win over Chicago.

Bobby Jones and the Cubs’ Juan Guzman each pitched two scoreless innings to start the game. Jeff McKnight drew a walk to open the top of the third. A single by Ryan Thompson moved McKnight to third base. Jones’s ensuing sacrifice bunt advanced Thompson to second. Joe Orsulak drew a walk to load the bases. Hundley followed with a grand slam for a four-run Mets lead. Guzman got Eddie Murray to ground out to first baseman Mark Grace and retired Bobby Bonilla on an inning-ending grounder back to the mound. Jones then held the Cubs to a single by Kevin Roberson in a scoreless bottom half.

Jeromy Burnitz led off the top of the fourth with a single to center field. Jeff Kent hit a force play ground ball to third baseman Steve Buechele and moved to third base on a double by McKnight. Thompson was walked intentionally to load the bases and Jones went down on strikes. Orsulak hit a single to drive home Kent and McKnight. Guzman got Hundley on a force play grounder to second baseman Ryne Sandberg to end the inning. Jones then shut down Chicago in the bottom half.

Murray grounded out to Grace to lead off the top of the fifth inning. Bonilla homered to increase the Mets’ lead to 7-0. Burnitz flied out to right fielder Dwight Smith and a line drive by Kent was caught by left fielder Roberson for the third out. Jones hurled a perfect bottom of the inning and McKnight hit his second double to begin the top of the sixth. Guzman fanned Thompson and Jones before retiring Orsulak on a fly ball to Smith that closed out the inning. Smith and Jose Vizcaino got back-to-back singles with one out in the bottom half. Jones then got Sandberg to hit a grounder to shortstop McKnight for an inning-ending double play.

Cubs’ reliever Chuck McElroy set down the Mets in order in the top of the seventh inning. Jones retired all three Chicago batters in the bottom half. Kent got a one-out single in the top of the eighth. McKnight hit a force play grounder to shortstop Vizcaino and moved to second base on a single by Thompson. McElroy then got Jones to hit a ground ball to Sandberg for an inning-ending force play.

Sammy Sosa doubled to lead off the bottom of the eighth inning. Roberson went down on strikes and pinch-hitter Glenallen Hill hit a single on which Sosa advanced to third base. Smith drew a walk to load the bases. Mets’ reliever Josias Manzanillo got Vizcaino on a line drive to center fielder Thompson that drove home Sosa with the Cubs’ first run. Sandberg followed with a single to score Hill. Manzanillo then retired Grace on a fly ball to Thompson to end the inning.

Orsulak tripled against Chicago reliever Randy Myers to begin the top of the ninth. Hundley singled to plate Orsulak and extend the Mets’ lead to 8-2. Myers struck out Murray and got Bonilla on a grounder to Vizcaino for a double play to close out the inning. With two outs in the bottom half, Sosa homered for the Cubs’ third run of the game. Manzanillo then retired Roberson on a game-ending ground ball to first baseman Murray. The Mets had a victory to start the series.