June 2, 1992: Murray's Slam Lifts Mets Over Giants

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Date: June 2, 1992
Mets starter: Anthony Young
Mets: 4
Giants: 3
Winning pitcher: Wally Whitehurst
Key player(s): Eddie Murray
Key play: Murray’s grand slam

The Mets faced the Giants on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played in front of 22,887 fans on hand. A grand slam by Eddie Murray provided all the runs for the Mets in a 4-3 win over San Francisco.

Anthony Young and the Giants’ Trevor Wilson each pitched scoreless ball in the first and second innings. In the top of the third, Mike Felder got an infield single with two outs. Robby Thompson singled to center field and Will Clark drew a walk to load the bases. Young retired Matt Williams on a fly ball to center fielder Howard Johnson for the third out of the inning and took a called third strike to begin the bottom half. Vince Coleman singled and moved to second base on Wilson’s balk. Consecutive walks to Willie Randolph and Johnson loaded the bases. Murray followed with a grand slam for a 4-0 Mets lead. Bobby Bonilla was called out on strikes and Dave Magadan singled. Wilson then got Charlie O'Brien on an inning-ending pop-up to second baseman Thompson.

Young threw a called third strike past Cory Snyder to open the top of the fourth inning. Chris James followed with an infield single and came around to score on an ensuing double by Jim McNamara. Royce Clayton singled to advance McNamara to third base. Pinch-hitter Willie McGee hit a single to score McNamara with the Giants’ second run. Wally Whitehurst came in to pitch for the Mets and retired Felder on a fly ball to right fielder Bonilla. Thompson hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Dick Schofield for the third out. San Francisco reliever Rod Beck then set down the Mets in order in the bottom of the inning.

Whitehurst and Beck each hurled a scoreless fifth. Wally retired the Giants 1-2-3 in the top of the sixth and San Francisco’s Bryan Hickerson pitched a perfect bottom half. Paul Gibson retired all three Giants batters in the top of the seventh. Hickerson set down the Mets in order in the bottom half and Snyder tripled against Mets’ reliever Jeff Innis with one out in the top of the eighth. James hit a sacrifice fly to drive home Snyder. John Franco came in to pitch for New York and got pinch-hitter Kirt Manwaring on a fly ball to Bonilla that closed out the inning. San Francisco reliever Dave Righetti then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Clayton flied out to left fielder Coleman to begin the top of the ninth inning. Kevin Bass was retired on a fly ball to Johnson. Franco then got Thompson to ground out to third baseman Magadan and finish off the game. The Mets had a victory as Murray’s grand slam stood up.