September 30, 1995: Six Runs in 6th Bury Braves
|Date: September 30, 1995|
|Mets starter: Dave Mlicki|
|Winning pitcher: Blas Minor|
|Key player(s): Edgardo Alfonzo, Jose Vizcaino|
|Key play: Alfonzo’s and Vizcaino’s two-run singles|
The Mets faced the Braves on a Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the penultimate game of the regular season. The Mets scored six runs in the sixth inning and came away with an 8-4 win over Atlanta.
Following a scoreless first, Fred McGriff singled against Mets’ starter Dave Mlicki to lead off the top of the second. Dave Justice flied out to center fielder Carl Everett and a walk to Ryan Klesko ensued. Charlie O'Brien was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Alex Ochoa and a double by Jeff Blauser scored McGriff for a 1-0 Braves lead. Mlicki struck out Steve Avery to end the inning. Avery then shut down the Mets in the bottom half.
Mark Lemke singled with one out in the top of the third. Chipper Jones drew a walk and McGriff hit a single to drive home Lemke. Justice followed with a force play ground ball to shortstop Jose Vizcaino and a pop-up by Klesko was caught by catcher Todd Hundley for the inning’s third out. Avery pitched a scoreless bottom half and O’Brien singled to open the top of the fourth. Blauser flied out to Ochoa and a balk advanced O’Brien to second base. Avery went down on strikes and Mike Devereaux hit a single that drove home O’Brien for a 3-0 Braves lead. Devereaux stole second and Mike Mordecai flied out to Everett to finish off the inning. Avery then struck out the side in order in the bottom half.
Mlicki retired all three Atlanta batters in the top of the fifth. Avery hurled a perfect bottom of the inning and Mets’ reliever Blas Minor pitched a scoreless top of the sixth. Vizcaino doubled against the Braves’ Jason Schmidt to begin the bottom half. Everett hit a single to score Vizcaino and advanced to second base on a throw. Jeff Kent got an infield single and moved to third on Rico Brogna’s double that brought home Everett. Hundley reached second on right fielder Justice’s error to plate Kent with the tying run. Edgardo Alfonzo followed with a single to drive home Brogna and Hundley, giving the Mets a 5-3 lead. With Brad Clontz on the mound for the Braves, Ryan Thompson reached on an error by third baseman Chipper Jones. Pinch-hitter Joe Orsulak singled to bring home Alfonzo with the sixth New York run of the inning. Ochoa took a called third strike and Vizcaino flied out to center fielder Devereaux. Clontz then struck out Everett to bring the inning to closure.
Mets’ reliever Jerry DiPoto yielded just a double to Chipper Jones in the top of the seventh. The Mets failed to score after loading the bases against Atlanta’s Pedro Borbon, Jr. in the bottom half. Dwight Smith singled against Dipoto with one out in the top of the eighth. O’Brien hit a double and Blauser was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Pinch-hitter Mike Kelly was struck out and New York’s Doug Henry threw a wild pitch that allowed Smith to score the Braves’ fourth run of the game. Henry then retired Devereaux on a ground ball to Vizcaino for the inning’s final out.
Orsulak singled against Atlanta reliever Tom Thobe to open the bottom of the eighth. Pinch-hitter Chris Jones followed with a double to center field. Vizcaino hit a single to drive home Orsulak and Chris Jones with the seventh and eighth Mets runs. Everett flied out to right fielder Kelly and a strikeout of Kent ensued. Thobe threw a called third strike past Brogna to end the inning and Mordecai drew a walk against New York’s Paul Byrd to begin the top of the ninth. Ed Giovanola hit a force play grounder to second baseman Kent and advanced to third base on a double by Eddie Perez. Byrd threw a called third strike past pinch-hitter Javy Lopez. Mets’ reliever John Franco then got Smith to fly out to Everett and end the game. The Mets had a victory on the strength of a six-run sixth inning.