June 13, 1990: Sixteen Hits Slay Cubs for Sweep

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Date: June 13, 1990
Mets starter: Ron Darling
Mets: 9
Cubs: 6
Winning pitcher: Ron Darling
Key player(s): Daryl Boston, Ron Darling, Mark Carreon
Key play: Boston’s three hits, Darling’s RBI single, Carreon’s home run

The Mets faced the Cubs in a doubleheader on a Wednesday at Wrigley Field. After winning the opener of the twinbill, the Mets aimed for a sweep in the second game. A 16-hit attack paved the way for a 9-6 Mets victory over Chicago.

Dave Magadan hit a double against Cubs’ starter Mike Harkey with one out in the top of the first inning. Gregg Jefferies singled to advance Magadan to third base and Howard Johnson drew a walk. On the fourth ball to Johnson, Magadan scored via a wild pitch for a 1-0 Mets lead. Kevin McReynolds hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Domingo Ramos. Harkey retired Daryl Boston on a pop-up to Ramos that ended the inning. Mets’ starter Ron Darling then hurled a perfect bottom half.

Darling and Harkey each allowed four hits while pitching scoreless ball from the second inning to the fifth. To begin the top of the sixth, Boston singled and Kevin Elster flied out to right fielder Marvell Wynne. Orlando Mercado was hit by a pitch and Darling hit a single to drive home Boston with the Mets’ second run. Harkey got Keith Miller on a ground ball to Ramos for an inning-ending double play. Wynne homered with two outs in the bottom half to reduce the Mets’ lead to 2-1 and an infield single by Curt Wilkerson ensued. Ramos then grounded back to Darling for the inning’s final out.

Jefferies got a one-out single against Chicago reliever Paul Assenmacher in the top of the seventh. Johnson went down on strikes and McReynolds doubled to drive home Jefferies. An ensuing single by Boston plated McReynolds with the Mets’ fourth run and Elster hit a force play grounder to shortstop Wilkerson (who had shifted from third base to replace Ramos) for the third out of the inning. With one out in the bottom half, Luis Salazar and Jerome Walton got back-to-back singles against the Mets’ Alejandro Pena. Ryne Sandberg grounded out to second baseman Jefferies to advance the runners to second and third. Dave Clark doubled to score Salazar and Walton, cutting the New York lead to 4-3. Pena then retired Mark Grace on a line drive to right fielder Miller to end the inning.

Assenmacher held the Mets to a leadoff double by Mercado in the top of the eighth. Pena hurled a scoreless bottom half and Jefferies drew a walk against Cubs’ reliever Dean Wilkins to begin the top of the ninth. Johnson and McReynolds were retired on outfield fly balls and Boston hit a double (his sixth hit of the doubleheader) to drive home Jefferies. Elster doubled to score Boston and came home on Mercado’s ensuing single to center field. Pinch-hitter Mark Carreon hit a two-run homer (the sixteenth hit for New York) against Chicago’s Joe Kraemer for a 9-3 Mets lead. Miller drew a walk and moved all the way to third base on a wild pitch. Kraemer then struck out Magadan to finish off the inning.

Mets’ reliever Jeff Musselman got Joe Girardi to fly out to left fielder McReynolds to open the bottom of the ninth. Salazar hit a single and went to second base on catcher Mercado’s passed ball. Walton drew a walk and Sandberg hit a three-run homer. John Franco came in to pitch for the Mets and struck out pinch-hitter Lloyd McClendon. Franco then retired Grace on a grounder to shortstop Elster to end the game. The Mets had a sweep of the doubleheader.