July 1, 1990: Mets Defeat Reds in 9th
|Date: July 1, 1990|
|Mets starter: Ron Darling|
|Winning pitcher: John Franco|
|Key player(s): Kevin Elster, Kevin McReynolds, Mackey Sasser|
|Key play: Elster’s single, McReynolds’ sacrifice fly, Griffey’s error|
The Mets faced the Reds on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a four-game series. The Mets scored a run in the ninth inning for a 3-2 win over Cincinnati.
Mets’ starter Ron Darling pitched a perfect top of the first. The Reds’ Danny Jackson did the same in the bottom half and Darling hurled a scoreless top of the second. Kevin McReynolds reached second base on an error by third baseman Luis Quinones with one out in the bottom of the inning. Mike Marshall lined out to Quinones and a passed ball by catcher Jeff Reed allowed McReynolds to move to third. Kevin Elster singled to score McReynolds for a 1-0 Mets lead. Orlando Mercado hit a single and Jackson struck out Darling to end the inning.
Darling and Jackson each pitched scoreless ball from the third inning to the fifth. Barry Larkin was hit by a pitch to open the top of the sixth. Eric Davis flied out to left fielder McReynolds and a walk to Paul O’Neill ensued. Ken Griffey doubled to drive home Larkin with the tying run and Quinones popped out to second baseman Gregg Jefferies. Darling then got Mariano Duncan on a pop-up to shortstop Elster for the inning’s final out.
Jackson issued consecutive walks to Mark Carreon and Jefferies with one out in the bottom of the sixth. A one-hour and forty-minute rain delay followed. When play resumed, Darryl Strawberry reached on second baseman Duncan’s error to load the bases. Against Cincinnati reliever Rob Dibble, McReynolds hit a sacrifice fly that scored Carreon and gave the Mets a 2-1 lead. Dibble then fanned Marshall to close out the inning.
Mets’ reliever Jeff Innis set down the side in order in the top of the seventh. Dibble pitched a perfect bottom half and Larkin hit a double against New York’s John Franco to lead off the top of the eighth. Franco retired the next three Cincinnati batters to finish off the inning and Dibble hurled a scoreless bottom half. Duncan hit a one-out single in the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Joe Oliver doubled to plate Duncan and tie the game at 2-2. Chris Sabo was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Carreon. Franco then got Billy Hatcher to line out to Jefferies and end the inning.
Leading off the bottom of the ninth, Mackey Sasser hit a double against Reds’ reliever Norm Charlton. Elster followed with a bunt on which first baseman Griffey made a throwing error. On the play, Sasser came around to score the winning run. The Mets had a series-closing victory.