April 6, 1992: Bonilla's 2 Homers in Mets Debut

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Date: April 6, 1992
Mets starter: David Cone
Mets: 4
Cardinals: 2
Winning pitcher: Jeff Innis
Key player(s): Bobby Bonilla
Key play: Bonilla’s home run in 10th

The Mets were in St. Louis to face the Cardinals on Opening Day. A crowd of 45,174 watched as the teams got the new season under way at Busch Memorial Stadium. Bobby Bonilla hit two home runs in his first game as a Met, leading his new team to a 4-2 win in 10 innings.

David Cone and the Cards’ Jose DeLeon each started with three scoreless innings pitched. Bonilla led off the fourth with a home run to put the Mets on top. St. Louis scored twice in the bottom half to take a 2-1 lead. The score was unchanged up to the end of the eighth.

In the top of the ninth, Howard Johnson and Eddie Murray led off with singles against reliever Lee Smith. Johnson scored the tying run on Mackey Sasser’s force play grounder. Jeff Innis shut down the Cardinals in the bottom half to send the game into extra innings.

Vince Coleman got a bunt single off Smith to start the tenth inning for the Mets. Coleman was sacrificed to second and Bonilla came to bat. Bobby connected for his second home run of the game, giving the Mets a two-run lead. John Franco then retired the St. Louis hitters in order, finishing off the Mets’ victory.

Notes

  • This was the Mets’ 20th win in their last 23 season opening games.