June 1, 1992: Bonilla Leads Romp of Giants

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Date: June 1, 1992
Mets starter: Sid Fernandez
Mets: 14
Giants: 1
Winning pitcher: Sid Fernandez
Key player(s): Sid Fernandez, Bobby Bonilla, Dave Magadan, Todd Hundley
Key play: Magadan’s RBI singles, Bonilla’s grand slam, Hundley’s two-run double

The Mets faced the Giants on a Monday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a series in 62-degree weather. Bobby Bonilla drove in six runs in a 14-1 Mets win over San Francisco.

Mets’ starter Sid Fernandez pitched a scoreless top of the first inning. Vince Coleman drew a walk against the Giants’ John Burkett to lead off the bottom half. Coleman stole second base and advanced to third on an error by catcher Kirt Manwaring. Willie Randolph was hit by a pitch and Howard Johnson followed with a force play ground ball to first baseman Cory Snyder. Bonilla got an infield single to score Coleman with the game’s first run. Dave Magadan singled to bring home Johnson for a 2-0 Mets lead. Burkett then retired Dick Schofield on a fly ball to center fielder Mike Felder for the third out.

Fernandez shut down the Giants in the top of the second. Todd Hundley hit a leadoff double against Burkett in the bottom of the inning. Fernandez reached second base on third baseman Matt Williams’ error that allowed Hundley to come home. Fernandez moved to third on Coleman’s sacrifice bunt and scored on Felder’s error of Randolph’s line drive. Johnson doubled and Eddie Murray was walked intentionally to load the bases. Bonilla slugged a grand slam to increase the Mets’ lead to 8-0. San Francisco reliever Dave Burba retired Magadan on a grounder back to the mound. Burba then got Schofield to pop out to second baseman Robby Thompson and end the inning.

After a scoreless third, Snyder hit a solo home run with two outs in the top of the fourth. Fernandez struck out Manwaring to finish off the inning and Bonilla drew a two-out walk in the bottom half. Magadan got an infield single and Schofield walked to load the bases. Hundley hit a double that plated both Bonilla and Magadan for a 10-1 New York lead. Also trying to score on the hit, Schofield was out via a relay throw by Thompson to Manwaring to end the inning. Fernandez then set down the Giants in order in the top of the fifth.

Coleman singled against Burba with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning. Randolph doubled to score Coleman and a single by Johnson sent pinch-runner Bill Pecota to third base. Murray grounded out to Thompson to drive home Pecota. Bonilla doubled to score Johnson for his sixth RBI of the game. Magadan singled to bring home Bonilla with the Mets’ fourteenth run and Schofield hit a single off Giants’ reliever Kelly Downs. A wild pitch advanced Magadan to third and Schofield to second. Downs then fanned Hundley for the final out of the inning.

Fernandez and Downs each pitched scoreless sixth and seventh innings. Mets’ reliever Tim Burke hurled a perfect top of the eighth. Downs retired the side 1-2-3 in the bottom half and New York’s Jeff Innis got Chris James to line out to second baseman Junior Noboa to start the top of the ninth inning. Greg Litton singled and Kevin Bass went down on strikes. Snyder followed with a single to right field. Innis then retired Manwaring on a grounder to third baseman Magadan to end the game. The Mets had begun the month of June with a solid victory.