July 29, 1990: Sasser Hits Grand Slam
|Date: July 29, 1990|
|Mets starter: Dwight Gooden|
|Winning pitcher: Dwight Gooden|
|Key player(s): Mackey Sasser|
|Key play: Sasser's grand slam|
The Mets and Cardinals faced each other at Shea Stadium on a Sunday night. Dwight Gooden and Bob Ojeda teamed up for a seven-hit shutout in a 6-0 Mets win. A grand slam by Mackey Sasser highlighted the scoring for the Mets in the game.
The Mets got runs in the first and third innings against St. Louis starter Jose DeLeon. Singles by Kevin McReynolds and Dave Magadan brought home Gregg Jefferies and Daryl Boston, respectively, for a 2-0 lead. Meanwhile, the Cards got singles in each of the first three innings off Gooden, but failed to score. Dwight then shut down St. Louis in the fourth and fifth innings.
Jefferies doubled with two out in the bottom of the fifth. After walking Darryl Strawberry intentionally, DeLeon walked McReynolds to load the bases. Sasser came to bat and hit a grand slam to extend the Met lead to six runs. Cardinals' reliever Frank DiPino then replaced DeLeon and recorded the final out of the inning.
Gooden continued to hold down the St. Louis hitters with scoreless sixth and seventh innings. In the eighth, Ojeda gave up a double to Vince Coleman with one out. Bob followed up by getting two ground balls to second baseman Jefferies for the final outs of the inning. Against Cards' reliever Ken Dayley, the Mets put runners on second and third in the bottom half, but did not add to their lead.
Ojeda retired the Cardinals in order in the top of the ninth inning. The Mets had a victory with a combined shutout of two pitchers. Sasser's slam led the hitting attack on the road to triumph.