June 25, 1990: Ninth-Inning Run Beats Cardinals
|Date: June 25, 1990|
|Mets starter: David Cone|
|Winning pitcher: David Cone|
|Key player(s): David Cone, Mark Carreon, Dave Magadan, Mackey Sasser|
|Key play: Carreon's home run, Thompson's error|
The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Monday night in St. Louis. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. The Mets scored a run in the ninth inning for a 3-2 win over the Redbirds.
To begin the top of the first, Mark Carreon reached third base on an error by center fielder Willie McGee. Dave Magadan grounded out to first baseman Pedro Guerrero to drive home Carreon for a 1-0 Mets lead. Gregg Jefferies hit a double and Darryl Strawberry went down in strikes. Cards' starter John Tudor issued an intentional walk to Kevin McReynolds and got Howard Johnson on a force play ground ball to shortstop Ozzie Smith for the third out. The Mets' David Cone then pitched a perfect bottom half.
Tudor retired the side on three straight outfield fly balls in the top of the second. Todd Zeile drew a walk to open the bottom of the inning. Milt Thompson lined out to right fielder Strawberry and a single by Terry Pendleton advanced Zeile to third base. Ozzie Smith followed with a sacrifice fly to score Zeile and tie the game at 1-1. Trying to advance on the play, Pendleton was out at second via a throw by first baseman Magadan to shortstop Kevin Elster for an inning-ending double play.
Leading off the top of the third, Carreon homered to give the Mets a 2-1 lead. Magadan was retired on a fly ball to left fielder Vince Coleman. Jefferies grounded out to second baseman Jose Oquendo and a double by Strawberry ensued. McReynolds was walked intentionally and Tudor got Johnson on a pop-up to Guerrero to close out the inning. Cone then held the Cardinals to a single by Coleman in the bottom half.
After scoreless fourth and fifth innings, Tudor set down the side in order in the top of the sixth. Coleman singled to open the bottom of the inning. McGee followed with a double to bring home Coleman, tying the game at 2-2. Guerrero was struck out and Zeile lined out to Strawberry. Cone then retired Thompson on a ground ball to third baseman Johnson for the inning's final out.
Carreon got a two-out single in the top of the seventh. Magadan singled to send Carreon to third base and Tudor retired Jefferies on a pop-up to Guerrero that finished off the inning. Pendleton hit a triple to lead off the bottom half. Ozzie Smith grounded out to second baseman Jefferies. Oquendo hit a grounder on which Jefferies threw to catcher Orlando Mercado for an out at home on Pendleton. Pinch-runner Rex Hudler stole second and Cone struck out pinch-hitter Denny Walling to end the inning.
St. Louis reliever Lee Smith yielded only a double to Johnson in the top of the eighth. Cone hurled a perfect bottom half and pinch-hitter Mackey Sasser singled with one out in the top of the ninth. Carreon was retired on a fly ball to McGee. Magadan hit a double on which right fielder Thompson made an error that allowed Sasser to score and put the Mets ahead by a run. Lee Smith then got Jefferies to ground out to Guerrero and finish off the inning.
Mets' reliever John Franco retired Zeile on a pop-up to Magadan to start the bottom of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Craig Wilson flied out to center fielder Daryl Boston. Franco then fanned Pendleton for the final out of the game. The Mets had come away with a victory.