September 29, 1993: Kent's Double in 17th Inning

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Date: September 29, 1993
Mets starter: Bobby Jones
Mets: 1
Cardinals: 0
Winning pitcher: Kenny Greer
Key player(s): Bobby Jones, Jeff Kent
Key play: Kent's double

In the penultimate home game of the season, the Mets played the St. Louis Cardinals at Shea Stadium. The game lasted four hours and twenty-one minutes on a cool Wednesday evening. After not having a runner reach third base all night, the Mets finally came away with a 1-0 win on Jeff Kent's run-scoring double in the 17th inning.

Bobby Jones had a solid night on the mound for the Mets. In ten innings pitched, Jones struck out nine batters while keeping St. Louis shut out on four hits. However, the Cardinals also got excellent pitching from Rheal Cormier and Paul Kilgus, who held the Mets scoreless on only three hits.

In the bottom of the tenth inning, Mike Perez came in to pitch for St. Louis. Perez retired the first two batters before Joe Orsulak and Todd Hundley singled. The Mets' chance to win the game ended when Perez got Jeff McKnight to ground out to second base.

As the game wore on, the Mets got some quality relief pitching. Jeff Innis and Mauro Gozzo each contributed three innings of one-hit shutout ball up to the end of the sixteenth inning. Likewise, the Cards' Lee Guetterman and Rob Murphy kept the Mets from scoring with their own hitless relief.

Kenny Greer came in to pitch for the Mets in the top of the seventeenth. Making his major league debut, Greer recorded two strikeouts in retiring the Cards in order. In the bottom of the inning, Eddie Murray led off with a single off reliever Les Lancaster and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Lancaster got the second out and Kent came to bat. Jeff blasted a double to center field that brought Murray home with the winning run. The Mets had an exciting victory in the longest game of a dismal year.

Notes

  • This was Greer's only game as a Met. It was also the only win of his major league career.