June 19, 1992: Coleman's Single Beats Cardinals

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Date: June 19, 1992
Mets starter: Dwight Gooden
Mets: 4
Cardinals: 3
Winning pitcher: John Franco
Key player(s): Vince Coleman
Key play: Coleman's home run in 5th & single in 9th

The Mets and Cardinals played on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. The game began as a pitchers duel and remained close. In the end, the Mets came out with a 4-3 win on Vince Coleman's run-scoring single in the ninth inning.

Dwight Gooden and the Cards' Rheal Cormier each pitched two-hit shutout ball over the first three innings. In the fourth, Ray Lankford led off with a double and moved to third base before coming home on Todd Zeile's sacrifice fly. Two more St. Louis runs scored in the fifth on RBI singles by Bernard Gilkey and Lankford.

In the bottom of the fifth, Charlie O'Brien got a leadoff double and scored on Bill Pecota's one-out single. After Gooden flied out, Cormier unleashed a wild pitch on which Pecota went to third. Coleman then hit a home run to lift the Mets into a 3-3 tie.

Gooden, Jeff Innis and John Franco all held the Cardinals scoreless from the sixth inning to the ninth. The Mets, meanwhile, were held hitless by St. Louis reliever Cris Carpenter for two innings and failed to capitalize on a scoring chance against Todd Worrell in the eighth.

To begin the bottom of the ninth, Dick Schofield singled off the Cardinals' Mike Perez. Schofield advanced to second base on Pecota's sacrifice bunt before pinch-hitter Dave Magadan was intentionally walked. Coleman followed with a single to right field to bring home Schofield. The Mets had an exciting win.