June 25, 1991: McReynolds' Slam in 9th Beats Expos
|Date: June 25, 1991|
|Mets starter: Dwight Gooden|
|Winning pitcher: Alejandro Pena|
|Key player(s): Kevin McReynolds|
|Key play: McReynolds' grand slam|
The Mets and Expos faced each other on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. After getting off to an early lead, the Mets had fallen behind later in the game. In the ninth, Kevin McReynolds hit a grand slam with two out to pull out an 8-5 Mets win over Montreal.
The Mets scored four times against the Expos' Dennis Martinez in the bottom of the first inning. Dave Magadan homered with one out for the first run of the game. The Mets then loaded the bases and Hubie Brooks delevered a single that brought home Gregg Jefferies and McReynolds. Mackey Sasser followed with another single to score Howard Johnson. Mets' starter Dwight Gooden protected the lead by keeping Montreal scoreless on three hits up to the end of the fourth.
In the top of the fifth inning, the Expos had runners on second and third base with one out. Delino DeShields and Ivan Calderon got back-to-back singles to score Tom Foley and Marquis Grissom, respectively, cutting the Mets' lead to 4-2. DeShields later came home on Gooden's wild pitch and Martinez doubled to plate Calderon with the tying run. Ron Hassey followed with a single on which Martinez scored to put the Expos in front, 5-4. Gooden then retired Larry Walker for the third out and the Mets failed to score in the bottom half.
Neither team scored in the sixth and seventh innings. In the eighth, Gooden shut down Montreal without a hit for the third inning in a row. In relief of Martinez, Tim Burke pitched a perfect bottom half for the Expos. Mets' reliever Alejandro Pena then retired Montreal 1-2-3 in the top of the ninth.
Barry Jones came in to pitch for the Expos in the bottom of the ninth inning. Garry Templeton led off with a single and pinch-runner Keith Miller advanced to second on Jones' errant pickoff throw. Pinch-hitter Tommy Herr struck out and Daryl Boston drew a walk. Following a double steal, Expos' reliever Scott Ruskin walked Magadan to load the bases with one out. Ruskin followed up by getting Jefferies to foul out to first baseman Walker and McReynolds came to bat. On a 2-2 pitch, Kevin hit the ball over the left-center field wall for a game-ending grand slam. The Mets had a victory that was snatched from the jaws of defeat.