April 23, 1989: McReynolds and Carter Homer in 8th for Win

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Date: April 23, 1989
Mets starter: Ron Darling
Mets: 4
Cubs: 2
Winning pitcher: Rick Aguilera
Key player(s): Kevin McReynolds, Gary Carter
Key play: McReynolds’ and Carter’s home runs in 8th

The Mets faced the Cubs on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a four-game weekend series. Kevin McReynolds and Gary Carter hit home runs in the eighth inning to give the Mets a 4-2 win over Chicago.

After a scoreless first, Mets’ starter Ron Darling walked Mark Grace with one out in the top of the second. Vance Law followed with a double to left field. Darling issued an intentional walk to Shawon Dunston to load the bases. Joe Girardi popped out to first baseman Keith Hernandez. Darling retired Paul Kilgus on a fly ball to center fielder Lenny Dykstra for the third out of the inning. Cubs’ starter Kilgus then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Jerome Walton got a bunt single to open the top of the third inning. Walton went to second base on Darling’s wild pitch and to third on Mitch Webster’s ground out to Hernandez. Darling struck out Ryne Sandberg and walked Andre Dawson. Grace hit a double to score Walton for a 1-0 Chicago lead. Law drew a walk to load the bases and Dunston took a called third strike for the third out. The Mets were then shut down by Kilgus in the bottom of the inning.

Darling and Kilgus each pitched scoreless ball from the fourth inning to the sixth. Dawson hit a homer (the 300th of his career) for the Cubs' second run with two outs in the top of the seventh. Darling retired Grace on an inning-ending fly ball to right fielder Mookie Wilson and a single by Hernandez started the bottom half. Howard Johnson also singled and Cubs’ reliever Calvin Schiraldi retired the next two batters. Pinch-hitter Lee Mazzilli walked to load the bases. Wilson got an infield single to score Hernandez for the Mets’ first run. Schiraldi then got Dykstra on a pop-up to first baseman Grace to end the inning.

Mets’ reliever Rick Aguilera struck out the side in order in the top of the eighth. Schiraldi walked Tim Teufel to begin the bottom of the inning. McReynolds hit a two-run homer that put the Mets ahead, 3-2. Chicago’s Mitch Williams walked Hernandez and struck out Johnson. With Carter at the plate, Hernandez was thrown out at second on a steal attempt. Gary followed with a homer for the fourth New York run. Williams then retired Kevin Elster on an inning-ending ground ball to second baseman Sandberg.

To begin the top of the ninth, Aguilera got pinch-hitter Phil Stephenson on a fly ball to Dykstra. Walton hit a grounder to shortstop Elster for the second out of the inning. Webster reached third base on an error by Wilson. Sandberg then flied out to Mookie to end the game. The Mets had a victory on a pair of late home runs to close out the series.