August 1, 1992: Mets Beat Maddux with Three-Man Shutout

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Date: August 1, 1992
Mets starter: Bret Saberhagen
Mets: 3
Cubs: 0
Winning pitcher: Pete Schourek
Key player(s): Pete Schourek, Vince Coleman, Dick Schofield
Key play: Coleman’s double, Schofield’s single

After being rained out the previous night, the Mets and Cubs played a doubleheader on a Saturday at Shea Stadium. The opener of the twi-nighter resulted in a shutout comprised of three Mets pitchers. Against eventual Cy Young Award winner Greg Maddux, the Mets emerged with a 3-0 win over Chicago.

Mets’ starter Bret Saberhagen and Maddux each pitched scoreless ball in the first and second innings. In the top of the third, Saberhagen retired all three Cubs to come to bat. Maddux issued a leadoff walk to Dick Schofield in the bottom of the inning. A sacrifice bunt by Saberhagen moved Schofield to second base. Vince Coleman hit a double to drive home Schofield for a 1-0 Mets lead. Maddux caught Coleman on a pickoff and got Dave Magadan on an inning-ending ground ball to second baseman Ryne Sandberg. Saberhagen yielded a single to Sandberg and a walk to Mark Grace to open the top of the fourth. Mets’ reliever Pete Schourek set down the next three hitters to close out the inning. Maddux then hurled a perfect bottom half.

Schourek retired the Cubs’ 1-2-3 in the top of the fifth inning. To start the bottom half, Todd Hundley singled and advanced to third on an ensuing single by Willie Randolph. Schofield hit a single to drive home Hundley and send Randolph to third. Willie was caught on a steal-of-home attempt and Schourek’s ground out to Sandberg moved Schofield from second to third base. Coleman singled to score Schofield for the Mets’ third run of the game. Maddux then retired Magadan on a ground ball to first baseman Grace to end the inning.

Schourek and Maddux each hurled scoreless sixth and seventh innings. Pete shut down Chicago again in the top of the eighth. With one out in the bottom half, Coleman got a single (his fourth hit) off Cubs’ reliever Heathcliff Slocumb. Vince stole second base and moved to third on a wild pitch. Magadan was retired on a ground ball to Grace. Slocumb then got Howard Johnson on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Sammy Sosa.

Mets’ reliever Anthony Young retired Andre Dawson on a fly ball to right fielder Dave Gallagher to start the top of the ninth. Kal Daniels went down on a called third strike. Young then got pinch-hitter Dwight Smith to ground out to second baseman Randolph and end the game. The Mets had a victory over Maddux and the Cubs with a three-man shutout.