June 19, 1990: Cone Shuts Out Cards on Four Hits

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Date: June 19, 1990
Mets starter: David Cone
Mets: 6
Cardinals: 0
Winning pitcher: David Cone
Key player(s): David Cone, Kevin McReynolds, Dave Magadan
Key play: McReynolds’ home run, Magadan’s two-run single

The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a two-game series. David Cone pitched a four-hit shutout in a 6-0 Mets win over St. Louis.

Cone and Cards’ starter John Tudor each pitched a perfect first inning. In the second, Cone retired the side in order again and Darryl Strawberry singled to lead off the bottom half. With Kevin McReynolds at bat, Strawberry was caught stealing on a throw by catcher Todd Zeile to second baseman Jose Oquendo. McReynolds followed with a home run to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. Howard Johnson grounded out to Oquendo and a single by Kevin Elster ensued. Tudor then got Orlando Mercado on a force play ground ball to Oquendo that ended the inning.

Both Cone and Tudor hurled scoreless and hitless ball in the third and fourth innings. In the top of the fifth, Milt Thompson hit a two-out double for the Redbirds’ first hit of the game. Thompson advanced to third base on a balk and Zeile grounded out to second baseman Gregg Jefferies to end the inning. With one out in the bottom half, Mercado homered for the Mets’ second run of the game. Cone hit a single and moved to third on an ensuing double by Mark Carreon. Dave Magadan singled to drive home Cone and Carreon for a 4-0 Mets lead. On the hit, Magadan got caught in a rundown and was tagged out by Oquendo. Tudor then got Jefferies on an inning-ending grounder to Oquendo.

Cone held the Cardinals to a single by Vince Coleman in a scoreless top of the sixth inning. St. Louis reliever Scott Terry shut down the Mets in the bottom half. Cone set down the Redbirds 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh and Carreon singled with one out in the bottom of the inning. Magadan followed with a single and Jefferies flied out to left fielder Coleman. Strawberry drew a walk to load the bases. With McReynolds at the plate, Carreon came home on a passed ball by Zeile. Terry then retired McReynolds on a line drive to third baseman Terry Pendleton for the third out of the inning.

Thompson began the top of the eighth with a single to center field. Consecutive ground outs by Zeile (to shortstop Elster) and Oquendo (to first baseman Magadan) advanced Thompson around to third base. Cone retired pinch-hitter Denny Walling on a fly ball to right fielder Strawberry to close out the inning. Johnson homered against Cardinals’ reliever Frank DiPino for the Mets’ sixth run to open the bottom half. DiPino then struck out the next three batters to finish off the inning.

Coleman grounded out to Magadan to start the top of the ninth. Ozzie Smith singled for the fourth St. Louis hit of the game. Willie McGee flied out to left fielder McReynolds. Cone then got Pedro Guerrero on a force play ground ball to Elster for the game’s final out. The Mets had a shutout victory on David’s four-hitter.