July 1, 1992: Mets Defeat Cubs in 12 Innings

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Date: July 1, 1992
Mets starter: David Cone
Mets: 6
Cubs: 4
Winning pitcher: Lee Guetterman
Key player(s): Bobby Bonilla, Eddie Murray, Howard Johnson
Key play: Bonilla’s homer in 4th, Murray’s double in 8th, Johnson’s single in 12th

The Mets faced the Cubs on a Wednesday afternoon. The teams completed a three-game series at Chicago’s Wrigley Field. The Mets scored twice in the 12th inning to come away with a 6-4 win.

Cubs’ starter Mike Morgan shut down the Mets on two hits through the first three innings of the game. For New York, David Cone responded by retiring all nine Chicago batters. Morgan walked Bill Pecota to begin the top of the fourth inning. Bobby Bonilla followed with a home run for a 2-0 Mets lead. Eddie Murray and Dick Schofield also singled, but the Mets added no runs. With two outs in the bottom half, Mark Grace hit a double that scored Jose Vizcaino and Doug Dascenzo to tie the game for the Cubs. Cone then struck out Derrick May to end the inning.

Morgan and Cone each pitched a scoreless fifth inning. The Mets were retired in order by Morgan in the top of the sixth. Andre Dawson hit a home run with one out in the bottom of the inning to put Chicago ahead, 3-2. Cone retired the next two hitters and Morgan pitched a scoreless top of the seventh. The Cubs had runners on first and third base with one out in the bottom half. Cone fanned Vizcaino for the second out. David then retired Dascenzo on a ground ball to second baseman Pecota to stop the Chicago scoring chance.

Pecota got a one-out single off Cubs’ reliever Jeff Robinson in the top of the eighth inning. Bonilla struck out and Dave Magadan singled to advance Pecota to third. An ensuing double by Murray brought home Pecota and pinch-runner Junior Noboa to give the Mets a 4-3 lead. Reliever Paul Assenmacher got pinch-hitter Dave Gallagher on a fly ball to center fielder Dascenzo to end the inning. The Cubs tied the game on May’s sacrifice fly that scored Ryne Sandberg in the bottom half. Cone then fanned Rick Wilkins for the third out.

Assenmacher and Mets’ reliever Jeff Innis each pitched a scoreless ninth inning. Chicago’s Bob Scanlan pitched a perfect top of the tenth. The Cubs put runners on first and second with one out in the bottom half against Innis. Mets’ reliever Lee Guetterman came in and got pinch-hitter Luis Salazar to ground into an inning-ending double play. Scanlan retired the Mets 1-2-3 again in the top of the 11th. Guetterman then shut down the Cubs without a hit in the bottom of the inning.

In the top of the 12th, Todd Hundley and pinch-hitter Willie Randolph opened with singles off Chicago reliever Jim Bullinger. Howard Johnson also singled, scoring Hundley with the go-ahead run and sending Randolph to third. Pecota walked to load the bases and reliever Chuck McElroy struck out Bonilla. Noboa hit a sacrifice fly that brought home Randolph and increased the Mets’ lead to two runs. Murray was walked intentionally to reload the bases. McElroy then retired Gallagher on a pop-up to shortstop Rey Sanchez for the third out.

Mets’ reliever Anthony Young got Dascenzo on a grounder to shortstop Schofield to start the bottom of the 12th. Sandberg got an infield single and Dawson hit into a force play. Grace drew a walk to put the tying runs on base for the Cubs. Young then got Salazar for a force play grounder to second baseman Noboa to end the game. The Mets had an extra-inning victory to stop a three-game losing streak.