April 29, 1992: Saberhagen Pitches Three-Hit Shutout
|Date: April 29, 1992|
|Mets starter: Bret Saberhagen|
|Winning pitcher: Bret Saberhagen|
|Key player(s): Bret Saberhagen, Daryl Boston|
|Key play: Boston’s single|
Saberhagen retired the side in order in the top of the first inning. Astros’ starter Darryl Kile gave up just a single to Dave Magadan in the bottom half and Bret hurled a perfect top of the second. Eddie Murray doubled to lead off the bottom of the inning. Todd Hundley was called out on strikes and a wild pitch advanced Murray to third base. Daryl Boston hit a single to bring home Murray for a one-run Mets lead. Dick Schofield was retired on a pop-up to third baseman Casey Candaele. Kile then got Saberhagen to hit a force play ground ball to Candaele that closed out the inning.
After scoreless third and fourth innings, Candaele singled with one out in the top of the fifth. Ed Taubensee hit a force play grounder back to Saberhagen. Andujar Cedeno grounded out to first baseman Murray to end the inning and Kile pitched a perfect bottom half. Saberhagen retired all three Houston batters in the top of the sixth and Willie Randolph singled to open the bottom of the inning. Magadan followed with a ground ball to first baseman Jeff Bagwell for a double play. Kile then threw a called third strike past Bobby Bonilla to finish off the inning.
Saberhagen set down the Astros 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh. Kile hurled a perfect bottom half and Bret retired the side in order once again in the top of the eighth. Boston drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the inning. Schofield hit a single on which Boston was out via a throw by right fielder Benny Distefano to Candaele. Saberhagen was retired on a line drive to Distefano. Kile then struck out Randolph to end the inning.
Pinch-hitter Eric Anthony singled to begin the top of the ninth. Craig Biggio lined out to second baseman Randolph and a fly ball by Steve Finley was caught by center fielder Howard Johnson. Bagwell singled for the Astros’ third hit. Saberhagen then threw a called third strike past Luis Gonzalez for the game’s final out. The Mets had a shutout victory as Bret outlasted Kile in an outstanding pitchers duel.