August 28, 1992: Bass and Boston Bash Reds

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Date: August 28, 1992
Mets starter: Pete Schourek
Mets: 4
Reds: 3
Winning pitcher: Barry Jones
Key player(s): Kevin Bass, Daryl Boston
Key play: Bass’s homer and sacrifice fly, Boston’s home run

The Mets faced the Reds in a doubleheader on a Friday evening. The teams played the opener of the twinbill at Shea Stadium in front of 20,343 fans on hand. Kevin Bass and Daryl Boston drove in three runs between them in guiding the Mets to a 4-3 comeback win over Cincinnati.

Pete Schourek and the Reds’ Jose Rijo each started the game with two scoreless innings pitched. Reggie Sanders hit a double with one out in the top of the third. Barry Larkin singled to drive home Sanders and advanced to second base on Glenn Braggs’ ground out to second baseman Jeff Kent.Chris Sabo drew a walk and Schourek retired Joe Oliver on an inning-ending fly ball to left fielder Bass. Rijo then set down then Mets in order in the bottom half.

Following a scoreless fourth inning, Schorek hurled a perfect top of the fifth. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Todd Hundley doubled to right field. Hundley moved to third base on Schourek’s infield single and scored the tying run on a sacrifice fly by Vince Coleman. Rijo got Dick Schofield on a line drive to shortstop Larkin for the third out and Sabo hit a one-out double in the top of the sixth. Oliver grounded out to third baseman Chico Walker and an intentional walk to Hal Morris ensued. Schourek retired Freddie Benavides on an inning-ending ground ball to Walker. Rijo then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Bip Roberts singled with one out in the top of the seventh inning. Sanders hit his second double of the game and Larkin was walked intentionally to load the bases. Braggs followed with a sacrifice fly to score Roberts and put the Reds ahead by a run. Pinch-hitter Paul O’Neill singled against Mets’ reliever Jeff Innis to bring home Sanders, increasing the Cincinnati lead to 3-1. Oliver then grounded back to Innis for the final out of the inning.

Bass hit a home run to lead off the bottom of the seventh. Kent grounded out to third baseman Roberts and a strikeout of Hundley ensued. Rijo got pinch-hitter Mackey Sasser to line out to Larkin and bring the inning to an end. Mets’ reliever Barry Jones hurled a perfect top of the eighth and the Reds’ Scott Bankhead retired Coleman on a line drive to second baseman Benavides to open the bottom half. Pinch-hitter Boston followed with a homer to tie the game at 3-3. Walker drew a walk and went to third base on a double by Eddie Murray. An intentional walk to Bobby Bonilla loaded the bases and Bankhead was replaced on the mound by Cincinnati reliever Rob Dibble. Bass hit a sacrifice fly to score Walker and give the Mets a one-run lead. Dibble then struck out Kent to finish off the inning.

Mets’ reliever Anthony Young got Roberts on a ground ball to Walker to begin the top of the ninth. Sanders went down on strikes. Young then retired Larkin on a grounder to Kent for the game’s final out. The Mets had a come-from-behind victory to start the doubleheader.