September 28, 1993: Schourek Leads Mets to Win Over Cards

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Date: September 28, 1993
Mets starter: Pete Schourek
Mets: 6
Cardinals: 1
Winning pitcher: Pete Schourek
Key player(s): Pete Schourek, Todd Hundley, Ryan Thompson, Jeff McKnight
Key play: Hundley’s single, Thompson’s and McKnight’s home runs

The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. Pete Schourek pitched eight solid innings in a 6-1 Mets win over St. Louis.

After a scoreless first, Schourek shut down the Cards in the top of the second. Chico Walker and Jeromy Burnitz got back-to-back singles against Redbirds’ starter Rene Arocha to open the bottom of the inning. Todd Hundley singled to drive home Walker with the first run of the game. Doug Saunders grounded out to shortstop Tripp Cromer to advance the runners to second and third base. A passed ball by catcher Erik Pappas brought home Burnitz for a 2-0 Mets lead. Arocha then struck out both Schourek and Ryan Thompson to finish off the inning.

Schourek and Arocha each hurled scoreless third and fourth innings. Pete retired the side in order in the top of the fifth. With one out in the bottom half, Thompson homered for the Mets’ third run. Kevin Baez took a called third strike and Eddie Murray was retired on an inning-ending ground ball to second baseman Geronimo Pena. Schourek surrendered only a walk to Mark Whiten in the top of the sixth. Arocha then shut down the Mets in the bottom of the inning.

Schourek held the Cardinals to a single by pinch-hitter Tracy Woodson in the top of the seventh. Saunders drew a walk against St. Louis reliever Steve Dixon to lead off the bottom half. Schourek reached on a fielder’s choice bunt and Thompson’s sacrifice bunt put Mets runners on second and third base. Pinch-hitter Jeff McKnight slugged a three-run homer off the Cards’ Rich Batchelor to increase the New York lead to 6-0. Batchelor then got Murray and Joe Orsulak on consecutive outfield fly balls to end the inning.

Gregg Jefferies got a one-out single in the top of the eighth. Todd Zeile drew a walk and Whiten singled to score Jefferies with the Redbirds’ first run. Schourek got Ray Lankford to fly out to left fielder Orsulak and retired Pappas on a line drive to third baseman Walker that closed out the inning. Batchelor then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Mets’ reliever Mike Maddux struck out Cromer to begin the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Gerald Perry flied out to center fielder Thompson and a single by Bernard Gilkey ensued. Maddux then retired Pena on a fly ball to right fielder Burnitz for the game’s final out. The Mets had a victory to start the series.