June 27, 1992: Pecota's Double in 11th Beats Redbirds
|Date: June 27, 1992|
|Mets starter: Sid Fernandez|
|Winning pitcher: John Franco|
|Key player(s): Howard Johnson, Bill Pecota|
|Key play: Johnson’s home run, Pecota’s double|
The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Saturday afternoon in St. Louis. The teams played the second of three games in a weekend series. Bill Pecota hit a run-scoring double in the 11th inning for a 2-1 Mets win over the Redbirds.
Cards’ starter Donovan Osborne pitched a perfect top of the first. Geronimo Pena singled against the Mets’ Sid Fernandez to lead off the bottom half. Todd Zeile flied out to right fielder Bobby Bonilla and a triple by Ray Lankford scored Pena. Felix Jose went down on strikes and Brian Jordan drew a walk. Fernandez then retired Andres Galarraga on a ground ball to third baseman Dave Magadan to end the inning.
With two outs in the top of the second, Howard Johnson homered to tie the game at 1-1. Osborne got Magadan on a grounder to first baseman Galarraga for the third out of the inning and a walk to Tom Pagnozzi opened the bottom half. Tim Jones hit a double and Osborne was struck out. Pena also went down on strikes and Zeile walked to load the bases. Fernandez then fanned Lankford for the inning’s final out.
Fernandez and Osborne each pitched scoreless ball from the third inning to the seventh. Osborne set down the side in order in the top of the eighth and Zeile drew a walk against Mets’ reliever Wally Whitehurst to open the bottom half. Lankford reached on second baseman Pecota’s error and Jose hit a grounder to shortstop Dick Schofield for a double play. Jordan was hit by a pitch and Galarraga went down on strikes to close out the inning. Osborne hurled a perfect top of the ninth. Whitehurst then shut down the Cardinals in the bottom half to send the game onward.
Johnson drew a two-out walk against St. Louis reliever Lee Smith in the top of the 10th. Howard stole second base and a walk to Magadan ensued. Pinch-hitter Daryl Boston was struck out to end the inning and Jose singled against Whitehurst with one out in the bottom half. Jordan flied out to center fielder Johnson and a single by Galarraga advanced Jose to third base. Mets’ reliever John Franco then retired Pagnozzi on a ground ball to second baseman Chico Walker for the inning’s third out.
Dave Gallagher walked with one out in the top of the 11th. Schofield was called out on strikes and Gallagher stole second base. Pecota followed with a double that brought home Gallagher and put the Mets ahead by a run. Smith fanned Eddie Murray to finish off the inning and Jones grounded out to Walker to begin the bottom half. Pinch-hitter Milt Thompson went down on strikes. Franco then retired Pena on a grounder to Schofield for the final out of the game. The Mets had a victory in extra innings.