June 12, 1990: Twenty-One Hits Rout Cubs

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Date: June 12, 1990
Mets starter: Dwight Gooden
Mets: 19
Cubs: 8
Winning pitcher: Dwight Gooden
Key player(s): Dave Magadan, Kevin McReynolds, Howard Johnson
Key play: Magadan’s and McReynolds’ home runs in 1st

The Mets faced the Cubs on a Tuesday afternoon in Chicago. The teams played the second of four games in a series at Wrigley Field. The Mets collected a total of twenty-one hits in a 19-8 win.

Howard Johnson reached second base on an error by third baseman Curtis Wilkerson to open the top of the first inning. Dave Magadan hit a two-run homer and Gregg Jefferies singled to center field. Darryl Strawberry went down on strikes and Kevin McReynolds homered to increase the Mets’ lead to 4-0. Mike Marshall was struck out and Daryl Boston hit a single to right field. With Mackey Sasser at bat, Boston was caught stealing on catcher Hector Villanueva’s throw to shortstop Domingo Ramos for the third out of the inning. To begin the bottom half, Marvell Wynne was hit by a pitch. Wynne advanced to third base on Ryne Sandberg’s single and came home on Dwight Smith’s double play ground ball to second baseman Jefferies. Mark Grace hit a double to right field. Mets’ starter Dwight Gooden then retired Dave Clark on a grounder to third baseman Magadan to close out the inning.

Sasser singled against Cubs’ starter Mike Bielecki to lead off the top of the second. Mackey moved to second base on Villanueva’s passed ball and to third as Gooden reached on Wilkerson’s second error. Johnson hit a double to score Sasser and advance Gooden to third. Magadan followed with a sacrifice fly that drove home Dwight. Jefferies doubled to plate Johnson and an intentional walk to Strawberry ensued. Bielecki was replaced on the mound by Chicago reliever Kevin Blankenship, against whom McReynolds doubled to bring home Jefferies for an 8-1 Mets lead. Blankenship threw a called third strike past Marshall and retired Boston on an inning-ending fly ball to left fielder Clark. Gooden then yielded only a single to Wilkerson in the bottom half.

Johnson drew a two-out walk in the top of the third. Magadan tripled to score Johnson with the Mets’ ninth run and Jefferies grounded back to Blankenship to end the inning. Gooden pitched a scoreless bottom half and Strawberry singled to begin the top of the fourth. McReynolds lined out to Clark and a double by Tom O'Malley brought home Strawberry, increasing the Mets’ lead to 10-1. Blankenship retired both Boston and Sasser on fly balls to center fielder Wynne to finish off the inning. The Cubs loaded the bases with one out in the bottom half. Gooden then fanned both pinch-hitter Luis Salazar and Wynne for the inning’s final outs.

Chicago reliever Dean Wilkins hurled a scoreless top of the fifth. Sandberg got an infield single to open the bottom half. Smith singled and a single by Grace drove home Sandberg. On Grace’s hit, Smith was out via a throw by left fielder McReynolds to third baseman O’Malley. Clark drew a walk and went to third on Wilkerson’s single that scored Grace. Joe Girardi followed with a force play ground ball to Jefferies to bring home Clark and cut the Mets’ lead to 10-4. Gooden then got Ramos to line out to shortstop Johnson and end the inning.

Leading off the top of the sixth, McReynolds hit his second home run of the game. O’Malley doubled and Boston flied out to right fielder Smith. Sasser grounded out to Ramos and a walk to Gooden ensued. Wilkins struck out Johnson to end the inning and pinch-hitter Jerome Walton walked to begin the bottom half. Wynne singled to send Walton to third base and stole second. Sandberg hit a sacrifice fly to score Walton and a pop-up by Smith was caught by O’Malley. Grace singled to drive home Wynne and reduce the Mets’ lead to 11-6. Gooden then retired Clark on a grounder to first baseman Magadan (who had shifted from third) to finish off the inning.

Magadan drew a walk against Cubs’ reliever Joe Kraemer to lead off the top of the seventh. Jefferies hit a double and Strawberry singled to score Magadan. On Strawberry’s hit, Jefferies was out at home via a throw by center fielder Walton to catcher Girardi. McReynolds was walked intentionally and O’Malley walked to load the bases. Boston hit a single that plated Strawberry and McReynolds for a 14-6 Mets lead. Sasser grounded back to Kraemer for an inning-ending double play. Gooden then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Pinch-hitter Orlando Mercado walked to lead off the top of the eighth. Johnson hit a double to advance Mercado to third base. Magadan singled to drive home both Mercado and Johnson and went to second on a throw. Pinch-hitter Tim Teufel singled and Mark Carreon popped out to second baseman Sandberg. McReynolds drew a walk that loaded the bases. O’Malley hit a double to score Magadan and Teufel, extending the Mets’ lead to 18-6. Boston walked to reload the bases and a sacrifice fly by pinch-hitter Keith Miller brought home McReynolds with the nineteenth New York run of the game. Kraemer got Mercado on a force play grounder to Ramos that closed out the inning. Mets’ reliever Jeff Musselman then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Outfielder Doug Dascenzo came on to pitch for Chicago in the top of the ninth. In the inning, Dascenzo yielded a one-out single to Magadan (the Mets’ twenty-first hit) and followed up by retiring Teufel on a double play ground ball to Ramos. Dascenzo and Wilkerson got back-to-back singles to open the bottom half. Girardi singled to drive home Dascenzo and send Wilkerson to third base. Ramos hit a sacrifice fly that scored Wilkerson with the Cubs’ eighth run. Walton singled and Wynne was called out on strikes. Musselman then retired Sandberg on a grounder to second baseman Teufel for the game’s final out. The Mets had an easy victory.