June 16, 1992: Cone Three-Hits Expos

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Date: June 16, 1992
Mets starter: David Cone
Mets: 5
Expos: 2
Winning pitcher: David Cone
Key player(s): David Cone, Bobby Bonilla, Dave Magadan
Key play: Bonilla’s and Magadan’s singles in 5th

The Mets and Expos faced each other on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played in front of 18,880 fans on hand. David Cone pitched a three-hit complete game and scored the winning run in a 5-2 Mets victory over Montreal.

Cone shut down the Expos in the top of the first inning. Montreal starter Jonathan Hurst pitched a perfect bottom half and David set down all three batters in the top of the second. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Howard Johnson homered for a 1-0 Mets lead. Dave Magadan flied out to right fielder Larry Walker and a line drive by Willie Randolph was caught by left fielder John Vander Wal for the inning’s final out. Cone retired the side in order in the top of the third. Hurst then set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Cone struck out Delino DeShields to begin the top of the fourth inning. Vander Wal lined out to shortstop Dick Schofield and a walk to Walker ensued. Walker advanced to second base on a wild pitch and scored the tying run on a single by Darrin Fletcher. Cone fanned Tim Wallach for the third out of the inning and Schofield drew a walk to open the bottom half. Eddie Murray hit a triple to bring home Schofield and put the Mets back in front by a run. Bobby Bonilla popped out to third baseman Wallach and consecutive walks to Johnson and Magadan loaded the bases. Hurst then got Randolph to fly out to Walker and retired Todd Hundley on a ground ball to second baseman DeShields that closed out the inning.

Tom Foley drew a one-out walk in the top of the fifth. Foley moved to second base on Hurst’s sacrifice bunt and scored to retie the game on a double by Marquis Grissom. With DeShields at bat, Cone got Grissom with a pickoff throw to Schofield for the inning’s final out. David hit a double to lead off the bottom half and advanced to third on Vince Coleman’s ground out to DeShields. Schofield grounded out to Wallach and a walk to Murray followed. Bonilla singled to score Cone and give the Mets a 3-2 lead. Johnson drew a walk to load the bases and Magadan singled to bring home Murray and Bonilla for two more New York runs. Hurst was then replaced on the mound by Expos’ reliever Pete Young, who got Randolph on a fly ball to center fielder Grissom to finish off the inning.

Cone hurled a perfect top of the sixth. With one out in the bottom half, David hit a single and Coleman followed with a walk. Schofield went down on strikes and Murray grounded out to first baseman Steve Lyons to end the inning. Cone retired all three Montreal hitters in the top of the seventh and Bonilla drew a walk to begin the bottom half. Young then struck out Johnson and got Magadan to hit a ground ball to DeShields for a double play that ended the inning.

Cone threw a called third strike past Foley for his eighth strikeout of the game to open the top of the eighth. David followed up by retiring pinch-hitter Spike Owen and Grissom on consecutive fly balls to center fielder Johnson to end the inning. Montreal reliever Bill Sampen pitched a scoreless bottom half and DeShields flied out to Johnson to lead off the top of the ninth. Vander Wal singled for the Expos’ third hit and went to second base on Walker’s ground out to first baseman Murray. Cone then got Fletcher to fly out to left fielder Coleman and end the game. The Mets had a victory on David’s three-hitter.