April 21, 1992: Randolph's Double Beats Cards

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Date: April 21, 1992
Mets starter: Dwight Gooden
Mets: 4
Cardinals: 2
Winning pitcher: Dwight Gooden
Key player(s): Dwight Gooden, Willie Randolph, Charlie O'Brien
Key play: Randolph’s double

The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. Willie Randolph hit a two-run double for a 4-2 Mets win over St. Louis.

Mets’ starter Dwight Gooden pitched a scoreless top of the first inning. The Cards’ Rheal Cormier retired the side in order in the bottom half and Brian Jordan drew a one-out walk in the top of the second. Bernard Gilkey singled to advance Jordan to third base and was caught stealing second on catcher Charlie O'Brien’s throw to shortstop Dick Schofield. Tom Pagnozzi doubled to score Jordan for a 1-0 Redbirds lead. Luis Alicea was given an intentional walk and Gooden struck out Cormier to end the inning. Cormier then surrendered only a walk to Dave Gallagher in the bottom half.

After retiring all three batters in the top of the third, Gooden got a one-out single in the bottom of the inning. Randolph singled and Schofield went down on strikes. Bobby Bonilla drew a walk that loaded the bases and Howard Johnson was retired on an inning-ending pop-up to shortstop Ozzie Smith. Pedro Guerrero hit a double to lead off the top of the fourth. Jordan singled to drive home Jordan and extend the St. Louis lead to 2-0. Gooden retired Gilkey on a line drive to center fielder Johnson and got Pagnozzi to hit a grounder to third baseman Dave Magadan for an inning-ending double play. Cormier then set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Gooden shut down the Cardinals in the top of the fifth. To begin the bottom of the inning, O’Brien drew a walk and Gooden got a bunt single. Randolph popped out to third baseman Todd Zeile and a single by Schofield loaded the bases. Bonilla grounded out to Smith to bring home O’Brien. With Johnson at bat, a wild pitch scored Gooden and tied the game at 2-2. Johnson walked and Cormier retired Eddie Murray on a fly ball to left fielder Gilkey to finish off the inning.

Gooden yielded only a double to Zeile in the top of the sixth. Magadan singled against Cormier with one out in the bottom half. O’Brien hit a single and Gooden popped out to catcher Pagnozzi. Randolph doubled to drive home both Magadan and O’Brien, putting the Mets ahead by two runs. Cards’ reliever Mike Perez retired Schofield on a fly ball to center fielder Ray Lankford for the inning’s third out and Gooden pitched a perfect top of the seventh. Perez the shut down the Mets in the bottom half.

Mets’ reliever Paul Gibson retired the side in order in the top of the eighth. St. Louis’s Juan Agosto hurled a perfect bottom of the inning and Zeile singled against New York’s John Franco to open the top of the ninth. Guerrero was retired on a line drive to left fielder Gallagher. Jordan hit a force play ground ball back to Franco, who then fanned Gilkey for the final out of the game. The Mets had a series-opening victory.