Top Ten Moments in Toronto Blue Jays History - Number 4
Mark Everett Kelly
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Sunday, March 22, 2020
While we await the start of the 2020 MLB season (whenever it occurs), I thought a look back at some historical memories to carry sports fans through would be therapeutic.
For the next ten days, I will uncover my perspective on the ten most memorable moments in Blue Jays history.
Date: October 20, 1993 - Veterans Stadium
Opponent: Philadelphia Phillies
Final Score: Blue Jays 15 Phillies 14
Winners of the 1992 World Series, the Blue Jays had their eyes on the second consecutive World Titles entering Game 4 of the 1993 World Series.
Leading 2-1 in the series, Jays starter Todd Stottlemyre lasted just two innings, allowing six runs on three hits (two were home runs by Len Dykstra) and four walks.
Despite taking a 3-0 lead in the top of the first (Paul Molitor bases-loaded walk & Tony Fernandez two-run double), Toronto fell behind 6-3.
In the top of the third, Toronto chased Phillies starter Tommy Greene (2.1 IP, 7 H, 7 ER) and took the lead off reliever Roger Mason. RBI hits by Fernandez & Pat Borders, followed by a two-out, two-run single by Devon White, gave the Jays a 7-6 lead.
Al Leiter (2.2 IP 8 H, 6 ER) did not fare much better than Stottlemyre in calming the Phillies bats. Philadelphia tied the game in the bottom of the fourth on a Mariano Duncan single and took a 12-7 lead with five runs in the bottom of the fifth.
Heading into the top of the eighth, the home town team extended their lead to 14-9. Molitor cut the lead to 14-10 with an RBI double. Phillies manager Jim Fregosi decided to bring in erratic closer Mitch Williams to try and secure the win by getting the final five outs.
Fernandez greeted Williams by driving in his fifth run of the game with a single. After a walk to Borders, Williams struck out pinch-hitter Ed Sprague. Rickey Henderson then cut the lead to one with a two-run single. White fell behind 1-2, and Williams was a strike from getting the Phillies out of the inning. However, White sliced a triple into the right-center field gap, scoring Borders and Henderson to give the Jays their first lead since the third.
Mike Timlin & Duane Ward shut down the Phillies by retiring all six batters they faced, giving the Jays a 3-1 lead in the World Series.
The game set World Series records for:
- Most runs (both teams) 29
- Most runs (losing team) 9
- Most runs through four games of series (65)
- Longest game (time) 4:14