April 16, 1990: Mets Pummel Cubs With 13 Hits

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Date: April 16, 1990
Mets starter: Frank Viola
Mets: 10
Cubs: 1
Winning pitcher: Frank Viola
Key player(s): Frank Viola, Howard Johnson, Mike Marshall, Mark Carreon
Key play: Johnson’s two doubles, Marshall’s triple, Carreon’s home run

The Mets faced the Cubs on a Monday afternoon in Chicago. The teams played a two-hour and forty-eight-minute game. The Mets pounded out thirteen hits in a 10-1 win.

After a scoreless first inning, Mike Marshall singled against Cubs’ starter Steve Wilson to open the top of the second. Marshall advanced to third base on Mark Carreon’s single and came home on a single by Barry Lyons. Kevin Elster went down on strikes and Frank Viola grounded out to first baseman Mark Grace. Wilson retired Gregg Jefferies on a fly ball to center fielder Jerome Walton to end the inning. Viola then gave up just a single to Andre Dawson in the bottom half.

Wilson pitched a perfect top of the third. Viola held the Cubs to a single by Joe Girardi in the bottom of the inning and Marshall singled to begin the top of the fourth. Carreon was called out on strikes and Lyons lined out to second baseman Ryne Sandberg, who threw to Grace for an out on Marshall and an inning-ending double play. With two outs in the bottom half, Lloyd McClendon walked and went to third on a double by Luis Salazar. Shawon Dunston flied out to left fielder Carreon to end the inning and Wilson set down the Mets in order in the top of the fifth. Viola then retired all three Chicago batters in the bottom half.

Keith Miller hit a double against Wilson to lead off the top of the sixth. Howard Johnson doubled to score Miller and moved to third base on Darryl Strawberry’s ground out to Sandberg. Chicago reliever Jeff Pico retired Marshall on a grounder to third baseman Salazar. Carreon hit a single to bring home Johnson and increase the Mets’ lead to 3-0. Pico got Lyons on an inning-ending ground ball to Salazar. Viola then shut down the Cubs in the bottom half.

Jefferies and Miller got back-to-back singles with two outs in the top of the seventh. Johnson doubled to score both Jefferies and Miller and an intentional walk to Strawberry followed. Marshall hit a triple to bring home Johnson and Strawberry. Carreon slugged a two-run homer that extended the Mets’ lead to 9-0. Pico then got Lyons to fly out to right fielder Dawson and finish off the inning.

Dunston singled against Mets’ reliever Alejandro Pena to open the bottom of the seventh. Pinch-hitter Dave Clark was struck out and Dunston stole second base on a third strike to pinch-hitter Marvelle Wynne. Walton singled and advanced to third on Sandberg’s double that scored Dunston. Pena retired Grace on a fly ball to right fielder Strawberry that closed out the inning and Chicago’s Dean Wilkins hurled a perfect top of the eighth. Pena then yielded just a single to McClendon in the bottom half.

Pena drew a one-out walk in the top of the ninth. Alejandro moved around to third base on a pair of wild pitches and came home on a single by Strawberry for the Mets’ tenth run. Wilkins retired Marshall and Carreon on outfield fly balls for the inning’s final outs and Greg Smith fouled out to catcher Lyons to open the bottom half. Wynne lined out to shortstop Elster and a single by Walton ensued. Pena then retired pinch-hitter Dwight Smith on a pop-up to Elster to end the game. The Mets had a solid victory.