April 19, 1992: Late Offense Beats Expos

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Date: April 19, 1992
Mets starter: Sid Fernandez
Mets: 11
Expos: 6
Winning pitcher: Anthony Young
Key player(s): Howard Johnson, Todd Hundley, Dave Gallagher
Key play: Gallagher’s double in 4th, Johnson’s two doubles, Hundley’s homer in 8th

The Mets faced the Expos on a Sunday afternoon in Montreal. The teams played the finale of a three-game series at Olympic Stadium. Consecutive four-run innings late in the game produced an 11-6 win for the Mets.

Sid Fernandez and the Expos’ Chris Nabholz each pitched scoreless and hitless ball over the first three innings. To begin the top of the fourth, Howard Johnson led off with an infield single. Eddie Murray singled to send Johnson to third base and was caught on an ensuing pickoff throw by Nabholz. A double by Dave Gallagher scored Johnson for the first run of the game. Dave Magadan hit a single to bring home Gallagher and an error by shortstop Spike Owen allowed Charlie O'Brien to reach base. Nabholz struck out Fernandez and made an error on Willie Randolph’s grounder that plated Magadan for a 3-0 Mets lead. Dick Schofield then went down on strikes to end the inning.

Ivan Calderon doubled to lead off the bottom of the fourth. A single by Larry Walker brought home Calderon for the first Montreal run. After the throw home, Walker advanced all the way to third on an error by catcher O’Brien. Tim Wallach hit a sacrifice fly to score Walker. Marquis Grissom popped out to third baseman Magadan and a single by Gary Carter followed. Fernandez then fanned Archi Cianfrocco for the third out of the inning.

Following a scoreless fifth, Nabholz set down the Mets in order in the top of the sixth. Fernandez got Calderon and Walker for his ninth and tenth strikeouts of the game to start off the bottom of the inning. Wallach drew a walk and Grissom homered to give the Expos a 4-3 lead. Carter hit a double and pinch-hitter Bret Barberie was walked intentionally by Mets’ reliever Anthony Young. Pinch-hitter John Vander Wal then hit a ground ball to first baseman Murray for the third out.

Todd Hundley singled off Montreal’s Jeff Fassero to open the top of the seventh inning. Randolph drew a walk and Schofield was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Bobby Bonilla hit a grounder to third baseman Barberie on which Hundley was forced out at home. Johnson followed with a three-run double that put the Mets ahead. On an error by left fielder Calderon, Howard came around to score on the play. Murray flied out to right fielder Walker and a double by Gallagher (his second of the game) ensued. Expos’ reliever Bill Landrum came in to pitch and issued an intentional walk to Magadan. Young then an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Grissom.

Young retired all three Montreal batters in the bottom of the seventh. Hundley hit a home run off the Expos’ Doug Simons to begin the top of the eighth. Randolph singled and Schofield drew a walk. Bonilla hit a single to score Randolph and increase the Mets’ lead to 9-4. Johnson doubled off reliever Bill Sampen to drive home Schofield and Bonilla for the tenth and eleventh New York runs. Gallagher hit into a double play and Sampen struck out Magadan to end the inning. Young then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Sampen set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the ninth. Barberie drew a walk to begin the bottom of the inning. Pinch-hitter Tom Foley lined out to center fielder Johnson and a triple by Delino DeShields scored Barberie. Owen hit a sacrifice fly to drive home DeShields with the sixth Montreal run. Young then retired Calderon on a game-ending ground ball to Magadan. The Mets had a victory to close out the series.

Notes

  • The win for Young was his final one before losing his next 27 decisions to set a major league record. This streak came to an end on July 28, 1993.