August 29, 1989: Cone Four-Hits Dodgers

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Date: August 29, 1989
Mets starter: David Cone
Mets: 2
Dodgers: 1
Winning pitcher: David Cone
Key player(s): David Cone, Howard Johnson
Key play: Johnson’s double, Wetteland’s wild pitch

The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Tuesday night in Los Angeles. The teams played the second of three games in a series. David Cone pitched a four-hitter in a 2-1 Mets win.

Keith Miller singled against Dodgers’ starter John Wetteland with one out in the top of the first inning. Howard Johnson followed with a double to drive home Miller with the first run of the game. Wetteland struck out both Darryl Strawberry and Kevin McReynolds to end the inning and Cone set down the side in order in the bottom half. Keith Hernandez singled to open the top of the second. Barry Lyons and Kevin Elster both went down on strikes. Wetteland then got Cone to hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Dave Anderson for the inning’s final out.

To begin the bottom of the second, Eddie Murray singled and advanced to second base on an error by shortstop Elster. Jeff Hamilton’s ground out to first baseman Hernandez moved Murray to third. Mike Scioscia grounded out to second baseman Gregg Jefferies and a single by John Shelby scored Murray to tie the game. Cone then struck out Wetteland to finish off the inning.

Cone and Wetteland each pitched scoreless and hitless ball from the third inning to the sixth. Strawberry doubled to lead off the top of the seventh. McReynolds got a bunt single to send Strawberry to third base. With Hernandez at bat, Wetteland threw a wild pitch that brought home Strawberry and put the Mets ahead by a run. Hernandez grounded out to Anderson and a pop-up by Lyons was caught by second baseman Willie Randolph. Elster was walked intentionally and Cone reached on Randolph’s error to load the bases. Wetteland fanned Jefferies to close out the inning. Cone then held the Dodgers to a leadoff single by Scioscia in the bottom half.

Miller singled against Los Angeles reliever Mike Morgan to open the top of the eighth. Johnson hit a force play grounder to first baseman Murray and stole second base. Strawberry was given an intentional walk and McReynolds went down on strikes. Hernandez grounded out to Murray to end the inning and Cone hurled a perfect bottom half. Morgan then set down the Mets in order in the top of the ninth.

Murray was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Strawberry to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning. Hamilton grounded out to Elster. Cone then got Scioscia to fly out to left fielder McReynolds and end the game. The Mets had a victory on David’s four-hitter.