June 17, 1990: Carreon Homers Twice in Win Over Bucs
|Date: June 17, 1990|
|Mets starter: Dwight Gooden|
|Winning pitcher: Dwight Gooden|
|Key player(s): Mark Carreon, John Franco, Dwight Gooden|
|Key play: Carreon's home runs|
The Mets faced the Pirates on a Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Mark Carreon hit two home runs in a 4-3 Mets win over the Bucs.
Leading off the top of the first inning, Carreon homered against Pirates' starter Neal Heaton for a quick 1-0 Mets lead. Dave Magadan and Gregg Jefferies were retired on outfield fly balls and a walk to Kevin McReynolds followed. Heaton got Howard Johnson to hit a force play grounder to shortstop Rafael Belliard for the third out. The Mets' Dwight Gooden then pitched a perfect bottom half.
Heaton set down the side in order in the top of the second. Barry Bonds got a one-out single in the bottom of the inning. Bonds stole second base and moved to third on a single by Sid Bream. Mike LaValliere popped out to shortstop Kevin Elster and a wild pitch brought home Bonds with the tying run. Gooden struck out Jose Lind to end the inning and the Mets failed to score after loading the bases in the top of the third. Wally Backman tripled with one out in the bottom half. Gooden then fanned Belliard and retired Andy Van Slyke on a fly ball to left fielder McReynolds for the inning's final out.
Heaton set down all three batters in the top of the fourth. Gooden hurled a scoreless bottom half and Carreon slugged his second homer with one out in the top of the fifth to put the Mets ahead, 2-1. Magadan grounded out to second baseman Lind and a fly ball by Jefferies was caught by center fielder Van Slyke to finish off the inning. Belliard got a two-out single in the bottom half. Gooden then got Van Slyke to fly out to McReynolds and end the inning.
Johnson singled with one out in the top of the sixth. Howard advanced to third base on Mike Marshall's single and came home on Elster's sacrifice fly. Pinch-runner Daryl Boston stole second and Heaton retired Orlando Mercado on an inning-ending line drive to third baseman Backman. Bonds hit a one-out double in the bottom half. An ensuing double by Bream plated Bonds and reduced the Mets' lead to 3-2. Gooden then got LaValliere to fly out to McReynolds and struck out Lind to finish off the inning.
Carreon drew a walk against Pittsburgh reliever Stan Belinda with one out in the top of the seventh. Mark went to third base on Magadan's single and scored on Jefferies' force play grounder to Backman for a 4-2 Mets lead. McReynolds walked and Belinda got Johnson on a fly ball to Van Slyke that closed out the inning. Pinch-hitter John Cangelosi drew a leadoff walk in the bottom half. Backman singled and a bunt single by Jay Bell loaded the bases. Van Slyke grounded to second baseman Jefferies for a double play on which Cangelosi came home with the Bucs' third run of the game. Gooden then retired Bobby Bonilla on a ground ball to first baseman Magadan for the inning's third out.
Pirates' reliever Doug Bair set down all three batters in the top of the eighth. The Mets' John Franco yielded only a single to pinch-hitter Gary Redus in the bottom half and Bair pitched a perfect top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter R. J. Reynolds grounded out to Elster to begin the bottom of the inning. Pinch-hitter Jeff King was retired on a grounder to Jefferies. Franco then struck out Bell to end the game. The Mets had a victory to close out the weekend series.