August 11, 1988: McReynolds' Grand Slam Beats Cubs

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Date: August 11, 1988
Mets starter: Dwight Gooden
Mets: 9
Cubs: 6
Winning pitcher: Terry Leach
Key player(s): Kevin McReynolds, Len Dykstra
Key play: McReynolds' grand slam in 9th

The Mets and Cubs concluded a three-game series on a Thursday afternoon at Wrigley Field. Trailing for much of the game, the Mets came back with five runs in the ninth inning to pull out a victory. Kevin McReynolds hit a grand slam for a 9-6 win.

The Mets took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second. Gary Carter homered off Chicago starter Al Nipper to lead off the inning. It was Carter's 300th home run of his career and his first one since May 16. The Cubs came back with two runs off Dwight Gooden in the bottom half when Rafael Palmeiro singled home Andre Dawson and then scored on a triple by Damon Berryhill.

In the third, Wally Backman came home when Chicago second baseman Ryne Sandberg mishandled Darryl Strawberry's ground ball. McReynolds followed with a single to score Keith Hernandez to put the Mets ahead, 3-2. The Cubs then scored four times against Gooden in the bottom of the inning to take a 6-3 lead.

Dwight shut down the Chicago hitters in the fourth and fifth innings. Reliever Terry Leach followed up with a perfect bottom of the sixth. In the top of the seventh, Len Dykstra led off with a home run to make it a 6-4 game. Nipper was then replaced by Cubs' reliever Frank DiPino.

Leach held Chicago scoreless in the seventh and eighth innings. In the ninth, Kevin Elster and Mookie Wilson led off with singles for the Mets. After Pat Perry replaced DiPino on the mound, Dykstra singled to score Elster. Hernandez was hit by a pitch between outs recorded by Perry. Cubs' reliever Rich Gossage then came in to face the righthanded hitting McReynolds with the Mets down to their last out and the bases loaded.

McReynolds' greeted Gossage with a grand slam to give the Mets a three-run lead. Randy Myers and Roger McDowell then combined to shut down the Cubs in the bottom of the inning. The Mets had snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.