September 20, 1993: The 100th Loss
|Date: September 20, 1993|
|Mets starter: Eric Hillman|
|Winning pitcher: Paul Wagner|
|Key player(s): Paul Wagner, John Franco|
|Key play: Pirates' four-run eighth, Wagner's start|
The Mets began a three-game series versus the Pirates in Pittsburgh with a 50-99 record. They would lose the first game 6-2 for the 100th loss, marking the first time since 1967 that the Mets will end a season with triple digit losses.
Pirates' Paul Wagner pitched eight shutout innings, allowing five hits and one walk while striking out seven. Mets' Eric Hillman nearly matched him, allowing two runs and eight hits in seven innings. The Pirates struck first when Jeff King hit a leadoff double in the second, moved to third on Lloyd McCleandon's single, and scored on Al Martin's sacrifice fly. Rich Aude grounds into a forceout before being thrown out at home trying to score on Tom Prince's double to end the inning.
Next inning, Wagner hit a leadoff single before Carlos Garcia reached on Hillman's error. Jay Bell singled to load the bases before Andy Van Slyke hits into a line drive double play with Bell being forced out at first. King walked to load the bases again before McCleandon's single scored Wagner to put the Pirates up 2-0. Martin then grounded out to end the inning.
In the eighth, reliever John Franco issued a leadoff walk to Bell, who moved to second on Slyke's single. The men made a double steal before scoring on a single by King, who reached second on the throw. He scored on a double by McCleandon, who moved to third on Martin's groundout and scored on Rich Aude's single. Franco struck out Prince before allowing a single to Wagner. Jeff Innis relieved Franco and got Garcia to ground out to end the inning.
In the top of the ninth, Eddie Murray hit a leadoff single off of Wagner before Joe Orsulak grounded into a forceout. He scored on Butch Huskey's double to make it 6-1 Pirates. Huskey advanced to third on an error. Jeromy Burnitz struck out before Todd Hundley's single scored Huskey to make it 6-2 Pirates. Jeff McKnight singled before Joel Johnston relieved Walker and Chico Walker lined out to end the game.