September 22, 1993: Mets Beat Pirates in 10 Innings

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Date: September 22, 1993
Mets starter: Sid Fernandez
Mets: 6
Pirates: 5
Winning pitcher: John Franco
Key player(s): Jeromy Burnitz, Charlie O'Brien
Key play: Burnitz’s and O’Brien’s home runs

The Mets faced the Pirates on a Wednesday night in Pittsburgh. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. In 10 innings, the Mets came away with a 6-5 win over the Bucs.

Pirates’ starter John Hope pitched a perfect top of the first. Carlos Garcia homered against the Mets’ Sid Fernandez to lead off the bottom half. Fernandez set down the next three batters to end the inning and Joe Orsulak reached on Hope’s error to begin the top of the second. Butch Huskey grounded out to third baseman Jeff King and a strikeout of Jeromy Burnitz ensued. Charlie O'Brien singled to drive home Orsulak and tie the game at 1-1. Hope retired Kevin Baez on a fly ball to center fielder Andy Van Slyke to close out the inning. Fernandez then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Hope and Fernandez each pitched scoreless ball from the third inning to the fifth. Eddie Murray drew a walk to lead off the top of the sixth. Orsulak singled and Huskey followed with a bunt on which catcher Tom Prince threw to King for an out at third base on Murray. Hope got Burnitz to pop out to second baseman Garcia and retired O’Brien on an inning-ending pop-up to first baseman Kevin Young. Mets’ reliever Jeff Innis then set down the side on three straight infield ground balls in the bottom half.

Baez hit a leadoff double in the top of the seventh. Kevin advanced to third base on Innis’s sacrifice bunt and came home on Ryan Thompson’s sacrifice fly. Doug Saunders hit a double and Murray was given an intentional walk. Hope retired Orsulak on a fly ball to left fielder Al Martin that ended the inning and pinch-hitter Dave Clark singled against Innis with one out in the bottom half. Clark stole second base and Young grounded out to third baseman Huskey. Martin was walked intentionally and pinch-hitter Orlando Merced drew a walk to load the bases. Pinch-hitter Jerry Goff singled to score Clark with the tying run. On the play, Martin was out at home via a throw by right fielder Burnitz to catcher O’Brien to finish off the inning.

Huskey singled against Pittsburgh reliever Tony Menendez to open the top of the eighth. Burnitz homered to put the Mets ahead, 4-2. O’Brien followed with a double to center field. Baez laid down a bunt on which Menendez threw to King for an out at third base on O’Brien. Pinch-hitter Tito Navarro’s sacrifice bunt moved Baez to second. Menendez retired Thompson on a pop-up to Prince for the inning’s third out. Mets’ reliever Mauro Gozzo then shut down the Bucs in the bottom half.

Pirates’ reliever Denny Neagle retired the side in order in the top of the ninth. King singled against the Mets’ John Franco to begin the bottom of the inning. Clark followed with a two-run homer to tie the game at 4-4. Young grounded out to shortstop Baez and a strikeout of Martin ensued. Franco then fanned pinch-hitter Rich Aude to close out the inning and send the game onward.

Pittsburgh reliever Joel Johnston threw a called third strike past Huskey to open the top of the 10th. Burnitz drew a walk and O’Brien slugged a home run for a 6-4 Mets lead. Baez flied out to Martin and a walk to Dave Gallagher followed. Thompson hit a double to advance Gallagher to third base. Johnston then got Saunders to line out to Martin and finish off the inning.

Goff was called out on strikes to lead off the bottom of the 10th. Garcia and Jay Bell got back-to-back singles and Van Slyke popped out to Huskey. King singled to drive home Garcia with the Bucs’ fifth run. Franco then struck out Clark to bring the game to an end. The Mets had emerged with an extra-inning victory.