August 28, 1990: Cone Blanks Padres

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Date: August 28, 1990
Mets starter: David Cone
Mets: 4
Padres: 0
Winning pitcher: David Cone
Key player(s): David Cone, Dave Magadan, Tim Teufel
Key play: Magadan’s single, Teufel’s home run

The Mets faced the Padres on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a two-game series. David Cone hurled a shutout in a 4-0 Mets win over San Diego.

Cone and the Padres’ Calvin Schiraldi each started the game with two scoreless innings pitched. Garry Templeton singled to lead off the top of the third. On Schiraldi’s ensuing bunt, Cone threw to shortstop Howard Johnson for an out at second base on Templeton. Bip Roberts hit a force play ground ball to first baseman Dave Magadan and stole second. Cone then got Roberto Alomar on a grounder to Magadan for the inning’s third out.

After fouling off six consecutive pitches, Cone drew a walk with one out in the bottom of the third. David moved to second base on catcher Benito Santiago’s passed ball and to third on a single by Daryl Boston. On his own hit, Boston advanced to second. Magadan singled to drive home Cone and Boston for a 2-0 Mets lead. Gregg Jefferies was retired on a line drive to center fielder Joe Carter. Schiraldi then got Darryl Strawberry to ground out to second baseman Alomar and finish off the inning.

Cone set down the side in order in the top of the fourth. Kevin McReynolds hit a single to open the bottom half. Johnson flied out to right fielder Tony Gwynn and a homer by Tim Teufel increased the Mets’ lead to four runs. Mackey Sasser singled and Cone was struck out on a failed bunt attempt. Schiraldi retired Boston on a fly ball to left fielder Roberts that ended the inning and Cone surrendered just a walk to Templeton in the top of the fifth. San Diego reliever Atlee Hammaker then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Cone and Hammaker each pitched scoreless sixth and seventh innings. Templeton hit a single to open the top of the eighth. Pinch-hitter Jerald Clark hit a ground ball to Johnson for a double play and Roberts reached on an error by Magadan. Alomar grounded out to Magadan to end the inning and Padres’ reliever Eric Show set down the Mets in order in the bottom half. Gwynn flied out to left fielder McReynolds to begin the top of the ninth. Cone then fanned both Carter and Santiago for the game’s final outs. The Mets had a victory on David’s shutout.