April 9, 1992: Young Stifles Cards With Complete Game
|Date: April 9, 1992|
|Mets starter: Anthony Young|
|Winning pitcher: Anthony Young|
|Key player(s): Anthony Young, Howard Johnson, Bobby Bonilla|
|Key play: Bonilla’s two-run single, Johnson’s double and homer|
The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Thursday afternoon in St. Louis. The teams played the finale of a season-opening four-game series. Anthony Young pitched a complete game as the Mets defeated the Redbirds, 7-1.
Vince Coleman got a bunt single against Cards’ starter Donovan Osborne (in his major league debut) to begin the top of the first inning. Coleman suffered an injury on the play and was replaced on the bases by Dave Gallagher. An infield single by Junior Noboa ensued and Bobby Bonilla hit a force play ground ball to third baseman Todd Zeile. Donovan got Howard Johnson hit a grounder to shortstop Tim Jones for an inning-ending double play. Young then hurled a scoreless bottom half.
Following a scoreless second inning, Young got a bunt single against St. Louis reliever Juan Agosto with one out in the top of the third. Consecutive singles by Gallagher and Noboa loaded the bases. Bonilla singled to drive home Young and Gallagher for a 2-0 Mets lead. Johnson followed with a double that scored Noboa and Bonilla. Howard stole third base and scored the Mets’ fifth run on Eddie Murray’s ground out to second baseman Luis Alicea. Agosto got Bill Pecota to line out to left fielder Milt Thompson and end the inning. Young then shut down the Cardinals in the bottom half.
The Mets failed to score after loading the bases against Agosto in the top of the fourth. Young pitched a perfect bottom half and Bonilla singled to lead off the top of the fifth. Johnson hit a two-run homer to increase the Mets’ lead to 7-0. Murray grounded out to Zeile and a single by Pecota followed. Agosto was replaced on the mound by the Cards’ Mike Perez, who retired the next two New York batters to close out the inning. Young then held the Redbirds to a single and a stolen base by Thompson in a scoreless bottom half.
Perez set down the Mets in order in the top of the sixth. To begin the bottom of the inning Jones hit a single and advanced to second base on Perez’s sacrifice bunt. Ray Lankford grounded out to second baseman Noboa to move Jones to third. Alicea reached on first baseman Murray’s error that allowed Jones to score the Cardinals’ first run. Young got Zeile on an inning-ending force play ground ball to shortstop Kevin Elster. Perez retired all three Mets hitters in the top of the seventh. Anthony then set down the Redbirds 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning.
St. Louis reliever Bob McClure held the Mets to a double by Charlie O'Brien in the top of the eighth. Young pitched a perfect bottom half and the Cards’ Todd Worrell retired the side in order in the top of the ninth. Alicea doubled with one out in the bottom of the inning. Zeile grounded out to Noboa to send Alicea to third base. Young then got Rich Gedman on a grounder to Noboa to end the game. The Mets had a victory to finish off the series.