June 2, 1993: Three Homers in 4th Lead to Win Over Cubs

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Date: June 2, 1993
Mets starter: Dwight Gooden
Mets: 11
Cubs: 3
Winning pitcher: Dwight Gooden
Key player(s): Todd Hundley, Bobby Bonilla, Chico Walker
Key play: Mets’ three home runs in 4th

The Mets faced the Cubs on a Wednesday afternoon in Chicago. The teams played the finale of a three-game series at Wrigley Field. Three home runs produced a seven-run fourth inning for the Mets in an 11-3 win.

Vince Coleman led off the top of the first inning with a single to center field. Tony Fernandez singled to send Coleman to third base and advanced to second on a passed ball by catcher Rick Wilkins. A single by Eddie Murray scored Coleman and moved Fernandez to third. Cubs’ starter Frank Castillo threw a wild pitch that brought home Fernandez and sent Murray to second. Following an out, Joe Orsulak singled to move Murray to third. Castillo then retired the next two batters on infield ground balls to end the inning.

Dwight Smith hit a single off Mets’ starter Dwight Gooden to start the bottom of the first. Jose Vizcaino hit into a force play and Gooden’s wild pitch moved Smith to third. Mark Grace drew a walk and Ryne Sandberg singled to score Smith. An ensuing line drive by Derrick May was caught by shortstop Fernandez. Tony then threw to second baseman Chico Walker to double up Grace for the third out.

Gooden singled with one out in the top of the second inning. Coleman lined out to right fielder Sammy Sosa and an infield single by Fernandez advanced Gooden to second. Murray reached on an error by second baseman Sandberg that plated Gooden to increase the Mets’ lead to 3-1. Bobby Bonilla flied out to Sosa to end the inning. The Cubs were then shut down by Gooden in the bottom half.

After a scoreless third inning, Todd Hundley led off the top of the fourth with a home run. Gooden and Coleman followed with singles and Fernandez grounded out to Sandberg. A sacrifice fly by Murray scored Gooden and advanced Coleman to third. Bonilla hit a two-run homer to make the score 7-1. Chuck McElroy then came in to relieve Castillo on the mound for Chicago.

McElroy walked Orsulak and gave up a double to Howard Johnson. Walker followed with a three-run homer to give the Mets seven runs in the inning and a 10-1 lead. Hundley hit a line drive to center fielder Smith for the third out. Gooden fanned two batters in a scoreless bottom of the fourth. Cubs’ reliever Dan Plesac shut down the Mets in the top of the fifth. Gooden then held Chicago without a run in the bottom of the inning.

After Plesac tossed a perfect top of the sixth, the Cubs loaded the bases with one out on three walks in the bottom half. Pinch-hitter Doug Jennings popped out to third baseman Johnson. Smith doubled to drive home May and Sosa. Gooden threw a called third strike past Vizcaino to end the inning. Chicago reliever Jose Bautista retired the Mets in order in the top of the seventh. Gooden then set down the Cubs 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

The Mets failed to score against Bautista in the top of the eighth inning. For New York, reliever Jeff Innis pitched a scoreless bottom half. Walker doubled off Chicago’s Paul Assenmacher to start the top of the ninth. Hundley struck out and Wayne Housie grounded out to second baseman Eric Yelding to move Walker to third. An ensuing single by Dave Gallagher scored Walker for the Mets’ eleventh run. Fernandez then lined out to shortstop Rey Sanchez to close out the inning.

Mets’ reliever John Franco retired pinch-hitter Willie Wilson on a ground ball to Fernandez to open the bottom of the ninth. Smith singled for his third hit of the game. Vizcaino hit a grounder to Fernandez for a game-ending double play. The Mets had an easy victory to conclude the series.