July 19, 1992: Schofield Drives in 6 Runs

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Date: July 19, 1992
Mets starter: Pete Schourek
Mets: 8
Giants: 4
Winning pitcher: Pete Schourek
Key player(s): Dick Schofield
Key play: Schofield's double in 4th & homer in 8th

The Mets played the Giants on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. A crowd of 34,125 was on hand to watch the finale of a four-game series. Dick Schofield came up with two hits that drove in three runs apiece as the Mets defeated San Francisco, 8-4.

The Mets took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Daryl Boston led off with a double and came home on a one-out double by Howard Johnson. The Giants tied the game in the second on a two-out single by Craig Colbert that scored Chris James. Following a scoreless third inning, James singled off Mets' starter Pete Schourek with two out in the fourth to bring home Cory Snyder and give San Francisco a 2-1 lead.

Giants' starter John Burkett walked Johnson to begin the bottom of the fourth inning. Eddie Murray followed with a single and Bobby Bonilla popped out to third baseman Matt Williams. An ensuing double by Mackey Sasser plated Johnson to tie the game. Bill Pecota was walked intentionally to load the bases and Schofield came to bat. Dick delivered a three-run double that put the Mets ahead, 5-2. Burkett then retired the next two batters to end the inning.

Leading off the top of the fifth, Mike Benjamin homered for the third San Francisco run of the game. Schourek set down the next three batters and the Mets were retired in order by Giants' reliever Jim Pena in the bottom of the inning. James doubled with two out in the sixth to score Williams and cut the Met lead to 5-4. The Mets then loaded the bases in the bottom half, but did not score.

Mets' reliever Lee Guetterman pitched a scoreless top of the seventh inning. Bryan Hickerson responded by hurling a perfect bottom half for San Francisco. In the eighth, Snyder singled off Guetterman with one out and Williams stepped up to the plate. Lee got Williams to hit a ground ball to shortstop Schofield, who started a double play to end the inning.

Hickerson walked Charlie O'Brien with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning. Pecota hit a double to send O'Brien to third base. Schofield followed with a three-run homer over the left field wall. Hickerson then completed the rest of the inning without further scoring.

In the ninth, Anthony Young shut down the Giants without a hit to end the game. The Mets had their third consecutive victory. The win was powered by Schofield's six RBIs.