September 27, 1995: Mets Whip Reds for DH Sweep

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Date: September 27, 1995
Mets starter: Reid Cornelius
Mets: 9
Reds: 2
Winning pitcher: Reid Cornelius
Key player(s): Bill Spiers, Jeff Kent, Carl Everett
Key play: Spiers’ RBI singles, Everett’s RBI single, Kent’s double

The Mets faced the Reds in a doubleheader on a Wednesday evening. After winning the opener of the twinbill at Shea Stadium, the Mets aimed for a sweep in the nightcap. Breaking a tie with four runs in the sixth inning, the Mets emerged with a 9-2 victory over Cincinnati.

Following a scoreless first inning, Mets’ starter Reid Cornelius held the Reds to a single by Ed Taubensee in the top of the second. Jeff Kent singled against Cincinnati’s Dave Burba to open the bottom half. Rico Brogna flied out to left fielder Lenny Harris and a walk to Todd Hundley ensued. Bill Spiers hit a single to score Kent with the first run of the game. Burba then retired Ryan Thompson on a ground ball to shortstop Jeff Branson for the inning’s final out.

Cornelius and Burba each pitched a perfect third inning. Reid gave up only a double to Taubensee in the top of the fourth and Carl Everett drew a walk to open the bottom half. Kent followed with a single on which Everett came all the way around to score. On the play, Kent was caught in a rundown and tagged out by first baseman Brian Hunter. Burba got Brogna to ground out to Hunter and threw a called third strike past Hundley to end the inning. Cornelius limited the Reds to a single by Mark Lewis in the top of the fifth. Spiers singled to lead off the bottom half and advanced to second and third on Thompson’s and Cornelius’s ground outs to third baseman Lewis. Burba then retired Alex Ochoa on a grounder to second baseman Mariano Duncan to close out the inning.

Harris hit a solo home run with one out in the top of the sixth. Duncan singled to right field and Taubensee drew a walk. Eric Anthony hit a force play ground ball to first baseman Brogna on which Duncan moved to third base. Hunter reached on an error by third baseman Spiers that allowed Duncan to come home and tie the game at 2-2. Branson was given an intentional walk. Cornelius then got Lewis on a line drive to shortstop Jose Vizcaino to end the inning.

Vizcaino tripled to begin the bottom of the sixth. Everett hit a single to score Vizcaino and Cincinnati reliever Hector Carrasco issued a walk to Kent. Brogna reached on an error by Hunter that allowed Everett to come home. Hundley was walked intentionally to load the bases. An ensuing single by Spiers plated Kent and Brogna for a 6-2 Mets lead. Thompson hit a grounder on which Branson threw to catcher Taubensee for an out at home on Hundley. Pinch-hitter Joe Orsulak popped out to third baseman Harris (who had shifted from left field.) Carrasco then fanned Ochoa for the third out of the inning.

Mets’ reliever Doug Henry set down the side in order in the top of the seventh. To begin the bottom half, Vizcaino drew a walk and Everett singled to left field. Kent hit a double to drive home Vizcaino and Everett, increasing the Mets’ lead to 8-2. Carrasco was replaced on the mound by Reds’ reliever Kevin Jarvis, who retired the next three batters on outfield fly balls to finish off the inning. Henry then hurled a scoreless top of the eighth.

Thompson was hit by a pitch to lead off the bottom of the eighth inning. Ryan advanced to second base on Henry’s sacrifice bunt and to third on Ochoa’s ground out to Branson. Vizcaino reached on an error by Harris that allowed Thompson to score the Mets’ ninth run. Jarvis then got Everett to fly out to right fielder Anthony and end the inning.

Pinch-hitter Nigel Wilson lined out to left fielder Thompson to start the top of the ninth. Thomas Howard was retired on a ground ball to second baseman Kent. Henry then got Darren Lewis to ground out to Brogna and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a sweep of their only doubleheader of the season.