August 28, 1992: Mets Wallop Reds With 15 Hits

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Date: August 28, 1992
Mets starter: Wally Whitehurst
Mets: 12
Reds: 1
Winning pitcher: Wally Whitehurst
Key player(s): Wally Whitehurst, Jeff Kent, Jeff McKnight, Charlie O'Brien
Key play: Kent’s triple, O’Brien’s homer, McKnight’s double

The Mets and Reds faced each other in a doubleheader on a Friday evening. After winning the opener of the twinbill at Shea Stadium, the Mets aimed for a sweep in the nightcap. A fifteen-hit attack led to a 12-1 Mets victory over Cincinnati.

Mets’ starter Wally Whitehurst pitched a perfect top of the first inning. Daryl Boston singled against the Reds’ Steve Foster to lead off the bottom half. Dave Gallagher grounded out to second baseman Bill Doran and a triple by Jeff Kent drove home Boston with the first run of the game. Mackey Sasser followed with a sacrifice fly to score Kent for a 2-0 Mets lead. Jeff McKnight singled and Bill Pecota drew a walk. Foster then retired Chris Donnels on a fly ball to left fielder Glenn Braggs for the inning’s final out.

Whitehurst set down the side in order again in the top of the second. Leading off the bottom of the inning, Charlie O'Brien hit a home run. Whitehurst grounded out to shortstop Barry Larkin and a pop-up by Boston was caught by first baseman Hal Morris. Gallagher hit a double and Kent was struck out to end the inning. Whitehurst hurled a scoreless top of the third and McKnight tripled with one out in the bottom half. Pecota hit a sacrifice fly that plated McKnight and increased the Mets’ lead to 4-0. Foster then threw a called third strike past Donnels for the third out.

Whitehurst retired all three Cincinnati batters in the top of the fourth inning. O’Brien hit a double against Foster to open the bottom half. Whitehurst grounded out to third baseman Bip Roberts to advance Charlie to third. Reds’ reliever Scott Ruskin struck out Boston and a single by Gallagher brought home O’Brien with the Mets’ fifth run. With Kent at bat, Gallagher was caught stealing on a throw by catcher Rick Wrona to Doran to close out the inning.

Whitehurst set down the side 1-2-3 yet again in the top of the fifth. Ruskin pitched a perfect bottom half and Wrona singled for the first Cincinnati hit with one out in the top of the sixth inning. Pinch-hitter Cesar Hernandez hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Pecota and stole second base. Whitehurst retired Roberts on an inning-ending grounder to first baseman McKnight and rain held up the game temporarily. When play resumed, Reds’ reliever Dwayne Henry pitched a perfect bottom of the inning.

For the Mets, reliever Lee Guetterman set down the side in order in the top of the seventh. Dick Schofield got a leadoff single in the bottom half. Boston went down on strikes and Gallagher singled. Following a wild pitch, Kent hit a double that drove home Schofield and moved Gallagher to third base. Kevin Bass was walked intentionally to load the bases. McKnight doubled to score Gallagher, Kent and Bass for a 9-0 Mets lead. Jeff came home with the tenth New York run on an ensuing single by Pecota. Henry then fanned Guetterman and retired O’Brien on a pop-up to Morris that ended the inning.

Paul O’Neill got an infield single to lead off the top of the eighth. Braggs hit a double and Doran flied out to center fielder Boston. Wrona went down on strikes and pinch-hitter Reggie Sanders was retired on an inning-ending ground ball to third baseman Pecota (who had shifted from shortstop.) To begin the bottom half, Schofield drew a walk against Cincinnati reliever Norm Charlton. Boston singled and a wild pitch advanced the runners to second and third base. Gallagher hit a sacrifice fly that plated Schofield. Boston went to third on another wild pitch and scored the Mets’ twelfth run on Kent’s ground out to shortstop Freddie Benavides. Bass doubled for the fifteenth New York hit of the game. Charlton then got McKnight to fly out to center fielder Dave Martinez and finish off the inning.

Benavides grounded out to shortstop Schofield to open the top of the ninth. Martinez drew a walk and Jeff Branson popped out to Pecota. Joe Oliver singled and O’Neill hit a single to drive home Martinez for the Reds’ first run. Guetterman then got Braggs to hit a force play grounder to Pecota for the final out of the game. The Mets had a solid victory and a sweep of the doubleheader.