September 5, 1995: Isringhausen Leads Mets Past Padres

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Date: September 5, 1995
Mets starter: Jason Isringhausen
Mets: 4
Padres: 0
Winning pitcher: Jason Isringhausen
Key player(s): Jason Isringhausen, Jeff Kent, Damon Buford, Carl Everett
Key play: Kent’s and Buford’s home runs, Everett’s single

The Mets faced the Padres on a Tuesday night in San Diego. The teams played the second of three games in a series at Jack Murphy Stadium. Jason Isringhausen pitched eight scoreless innings in a 4-0 Mets win.

Padres’ starter Andy Ashby retired the side in order in the top of the first. Isringhausen surrendered only a walk to Steve Finley in the bottom half and Jeff Kent homered for the game’s first run to begin the top of the second. Rico Brogna grounded out to second baseman Jody Reed and a strikeout of Ryan Thompson followed. Ashby retired Butch Huskey on a fly ball to right fielder Tony Gwynn to end the inning. Isringhausen then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Kelly Stinnett singled to open the top of the third. Isringhausen’s sacrifice bunt advanced Stinnett to second base and Damon Buford grounded out to shortstop Bip Roberts. Jose Vizcaino reached on a wild pitch third strike as Stinnett moved to third. Carl Everett hit a single to score Stinnett and increase the Mets’ lead to 2-0. Ashby got pinch-hitter Tim Bogar to pop out to Reed and finish off the inning. Isringhausen then set down the Padres in order in the bottom half.

Ashby hurled a perfect top of the fourth. Isringhausen yielded just a single to Finley in the bottom of the inning. With two outs in the top of the fifth, Buford hit a homer for the Mets’ third run of the game. Ashby retired Vizcaino on a grounder to Reed that closed out the inning and Phil Plantier singled to lead off the bottom half. Reed hit a double play ground ball to third baseman Huskey and a single by Brian Johnson ensued. Pinch-hitter Roberto Petagine drew a walk. Isringhausen then got Roberts to ground out to second baseman Bogar and end the inning.

San Diego reliever Brian Williams set down the side in order in the top of the sixth. Isringhausen pitched a perfect bottom half and Thompson hit a leadoff single in the top of the seventh. Ryan advanced to second base on a wild pitch and Huskey was struck out. Stinnett drew a walk and Isringhausen was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Buford followed with a sacrifice fly that brought home Thompson with the fourth New York run. Williams got Vizcaino on an inning-ending force play grounder to Reed. Isringhausen then gave up only a single to Scott Livingstone in the bottom half.

Padres’ reliever Andres Berumen hurled a scoreless top of the eighth. Isringhausen gave up just a single to Johnson in the bottom of the inning and Berumen surrendered only a walk to pinch-hitter Bill Spiers in the top of the ninth. Mets’ reliever Don Florence retired Finley on a grounder to first baseman Brogna to start the bottom half. Gwynn singled and Ken Caminiti lined out to shortstop Vizcaino. Pinch-hitter Phil Clark followed with a single to left field. New York’s John Franco then got pinch-hitter Archi Cianfrocco to fly out to left fielder Buford and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a shutout victory.