April 17, 1992: Five Doubles Rout Expos

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Date: April 17, 1992
Mets starter: David Cone
Mets: 10
Expos: 2
Winning pitcher: David Cone
Key player(s): Charlie O'Brien, Eddie Murray, Bobby Bonilla, Dick Schofield
Key play: Schofield’s single, Mets’ five doubles

The Mets faced the Expos on a Friday night in Montreal. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. The Mets hammered out five key doubles in a 10-2 win.

David Cone and the Expos’ Dennis Martinez each pitched two innings of one-hit scoreless ball to start the game. Charlie O'Brien doubled to lead off the top of the third. Cone went down on strikes and O’Brien advanced to third base on a wild pitch. Willie Randolph drew a walk and Dick Schofield hit a single to drive home O’Brien. A walk to Bobby Bonilla loaded the bases and Howard Johnson popped out to shortstop Spike Owen. Eddie Murray followed with a double that scored Randolph, Schofield and Bonilla for a 4-0 Mets lead. Martinez then retired Dave Magadan on a ground ball to first baseman Tim Wallach for the inning’s final out.

Delino DeShields hit a double with one out in the bottom of the third. DeShields moved to third base on a wild pitch and Bret Barberie drew a walk. Ivan Calderon grounded out to second baseman Randolph to bring home DeShields with the Expos’ first run of the game. Larry Walker grounded out to Randolph to end the inning and Martinez shut down the Mets in the top of the fourth. Cone hurled a scoreless bottom half and Martinez yielded only a single and a stolen base to Bonilla in the top of the fifth. Cone then surrendered just a walk to Barberie in the bottom of the inning.

Magadan singled against Montreal reliever Doug Simons to begin the top of the sixth. Daryl Boston was hit by a pitch. O’Brien hit a double to score Magadan and Boston, increasing the Mets’ lead to 6-1. Cone reached on a fielder’s choice sacrifice bunt. On the play, Simons made an error that allowed David to go to second base and O’Brien to come home. Cone went to third after Randolph’s line out to center fielder Marquis Grissom. Bill Sampen came in to pitch for the Expos and issued a walk to Schofield. Bonilla hit a double to plate both Cone and Schofield for a 9-1 New York lead. Johnson drew a walk and Sampen got Murray on a double play grounder to second baseman DeShields that closed out the inning. Cone then gave up only a double to Grissom in the bottom half.

Sampen pitched a scoreless top of the seventh. Cone set down the side in order in the bottom of the inning and Schofield hit a double (the Mets’ fifth) against Montreal’s Chris Haney with one out in the top of the eighth. Schofield moved to third base on a wild pitch and scored the tenth New York run on Dave Gallagher’s sacrifice fly. Johnson drew a walk and pinch-hitter Mackey Sasser’s single advanced pinch-runner Rodney McCray to third. Haney then threw a called third strike past Chris Donnels to finish off the inning.

With one out in the bottom of the eighth, Calderon hit a single to right field. Calderon went to second base on Walker’s ground out to Cone and came around to score on a single by Wallach. Grissom flied out to center fielder McCray to end the inning and Haney pitched a scoreless top of the ninth. John Vander Wal singled to open the bottom half. Owen was struck out and pinch-hitter Archi Cianfrocco flied out to right fielder Gallagher. Cone then fanned DeShields for the final out of the game. The Mets had a solid victory to start the weekend series.