April 22, 1992: Murray Homers in 9th
|Date: April 22, 1992|
|Mets starter: David Cone|
|Winning pitcher: Jeff Innis|
|Key player(s): Howard Johnson, Todd Hundley, Eddie Murray|
|Key play: Johnson’s double, Hundley’s home run, Murray’s home run|
The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Wednesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the second of three games in a series. Eddie Murray hit a home run in the ninth inning to give the Mets a 3-2 win over St. Louis.
Mets’ starter David Cone pitched a perfect top of the first. Bobby Bonilla hit a two-out single against the Cards’ Bob Tewksbury in the bottom of the inning. Howard Johnson followed with a double to drive home Bonilla for a 1-0 Mets lead. Trying to advance on his own hit, Johnson was out via a relay throw by second baseman Luis Alicea to third baseman Todd Zeile to end the inning.
Cone and Tewksbury each hurled scoreless ball from the second inning to the fourth. Leading off the top of the fifth, Brian Jordan doubled for the Redbirds’ first hit of the game. Bernard Gilkey drew a walk and Tom Pagnozzi flied out to center fielder Johnson. Alicea went down on strikes and Cone retired Tewksbury on a popped up bunt to first baseman Murray for the third out of the inning. Todd Hundley homered for the Mets’ second run to begin the bottom half. Cone grounded out to Zeile and a single by Willie Randolph ensued. Tewksbury then got Dick Schofield to hit a ground ball to shortstop Ozzie Smith for an inning-ending double play.
Ray Lankford tripled to lead off the top of the sixth. Smith drew a walk and Zeile followed with a sacrifice fly to drive home Lankford. Pedro Guerrero was retired on a fly ball to left fielder Daryl Boston. Jordan grounded out to third baseman Dave Magadan to finish off the inning and Tewksbury set down the Mets in order in the bottom half. Cone gave up just a single to Pagnozzi in the top of the seventh. St. Louis reliever Bob McClure then pitched a scoreless bottom of the inning.
Smith singled with one out in the top of the eighth. Zeile hit a single to advance Smith to third base and Cone was replaced on the mound by Mets’ reliever Wally Whitehurst. Guerrero hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Smith and tie the game at 2-2. Zeile stole second and Whitehurst retired Jordan on an inning-ending grounder to second baseman Randolph. Cardinals’ reliever Todd Worrell issued consecutive walks to Randolph and Schofield with one out in the bottom half. Worrell then got Bonilla to hit a ground ball to second baseman Tim Jones for a double play that closed out the inning.
Mets’ reliever Jeff Innis struck out the side in order in the top of the ninth. The Redbirds’ Cris Carpenter fanned Johnson to begin the bottom half. Murray came to bat and slugged a home run to bring the game to an end. The Mets had a thrilling victory.