August 30, 1992: Bonilla Hits Winning Homer
|Date: August 30, 1992|
|Mets starter: Sid Fernandez|
|Winning pitcher: Barry Jones|
|Key player(s): Bobby Bonilla|
|Key play: Bonilla's home run|
The Mets took on the Reds in a Sunday night game televised by ESPN. The teams wore 1962-style uniforms in commemeration of the Mets' 30th anniversary. The end result countered the inaugural Mets season as they came away with a dramatic 4-3 win on Bobby Bonilla's ninth inning home run.
In the first inning, the Mets took a 1-0 lead off Reds' starter Tim Belcher. Consecutive singles by Chico Walker, Jeff Kent and Eddie Murray brought in the first run of the game. Belcher then retired the next 23 Met batters he faced.
Sid Fernandez set down the first nine Cincinnati hitters to come to bat. In the fourth, Reggie Sanders walked and Barry Larkin hit a ground-rule double. Glenn Braggs then doubled to left field, scoring Sanders and Larkin to put the Reds ahead, 2-1. Braggs also got a two-out single to score Larkin in the sixth for another Cincinnati run.
Rob Dibble came in to relieve Belcher to start the bottom of the ninth. Dibble struck out two batters, but walked two others to bring Bonilla to the plate. Bobby hit one over the fence in right field for a three-run homer to win the game for the Mets. The crowd at Shea Stadium cheered loudly as an angry Dibble tore off his retro-look uniform vest and dropped it on the field on his way back to the Reds' dugout.