September 25, 1995: Wild Pitch and Rain Give Mets Win

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Date: September 25, 1995
Mets starter: Jason Isringhausen
Mets: 2
Reds: 1
Winning pitcher: Jason Isringhausen
Key player(s): Jason Isringhausen, Jose Vizcaino
Key play: Vizcaino’s single, Pugh’s wild pitch

The Mets faced the Reds on a Monday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. In the sixth inning, the Mets scored a run on a wild pitch for a 2-1 lead. Rain then brought the game to an end, giving New York a win over Cincinnati.

Jason Isringhausen and the Reds’ Mark Portugal each pitched two innings of one-hit scoreless ball to start the game. Barry Larkin singled with two outs in the top of the third. Larkin stole both second and third base before Isringhausen threw a called third strike past Ron Gant to end the inning. Ryan Thompson drew a walk to lead off the bottom half. Isringhausen’s sacrifice bunt advanced Thompson to second base and Alex Ochoa flied out to left fielder Gant. Thompson moved to third on a wild pitch and came home on a single by Jose Vizcaino. Portugal then retired Carl Everett on a ground ball to first baseman Hal Morris for the inning’s final out.

Morris singled with one out in the top of the fourth. Benito Santiago popped out to third baseman Edgardo Alfonzo and a single by Bret Boone followed. Jeff Branson drew a walk to load the bases and Portugal walked to force home Morris, tying the game at 1-1. Isringhausen fanned Thomas Howard to close out the inning and Portugal pitched a perfect bottom half. Jason then set down all three Cincinnati batters in the top of the fifth.

Alfonzo hit a leadoff single in the bottom of the fifth inning. Thompson flied out to right fielder Reggie Sanders and a sacrifice bunt by Isringhausen sent Alfonzo to second base. Ochoa hit a single on which left fielder Eric Anthony threw to catcher Santiago for an out at home on Alfonzo that ended the inning. With one out in the top of the sixth, Santiago and Boone got back-to-back singles to center field. On an attempted double steal, Santiago was caught by catcher Todd Hundley’s throw to Alfonzo. Branson and pinch-hitter Lenny Harris drew consecutive walks to load the bases. Isringhausen then got Howard to fly out to left fielder Thompson and finish off the inning.

Vizcaino singled against Reds’ reliever Tim Pugh to begin the bottom of the sixth. Everett drew a walk and (with Jeff Kent at bat) a balk advanced the runners to second and third base. Pugh followed up with a wild pitch that brought home Vizcaino and put the Mets ahead by a run. The game was then halted by rain and discontinued. The Mets had a six-inning victory.