June 7, 1993: Six-Run 2nd Buries Cubs

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Date: June 7, 1993
Mets starter: Dwight Gooden
Mets: 7
Cubs: 2
Winning pitcher: Dwight Gooden
Key player(s): Dwight Gooden, Howard Johnson
Key play: Mets' five straight singles in 2nd

The Mets faced the Cubs on a Monday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. The Mets scored six runs in the second inning and defeated Chicago, 7-2.

After a scoreless first inning, Mets' starter Dwight Gooden shut down the Cubs again in the top of the second. Bobby Bonilla singled against Chicago's Frank Castillo to lead off the bottom half. Joe Orsulak singled and Howard Johnson hit a single to drive home Bonilla with the first run of the game. Consecutive singles by Jeff Kent and Todd Hundley brought home Orsulak and Johnson, respectively, and a sacrifice bunt by Gooden put Mets runners on second and third base. Vince Coleman singled to score Kent with the fourth New York run and Castillo was replaced on the mound by Cubs' reliever Dan Plesac. Tony Fernandez was retired on a pop-up to first baseman Mark Grace for the inning's second out and Coleman stole second. On catcher Rick Wilkins' errant throw, Hundley scored and Coleman advanced to third. Eddie Murray followed with a single to bring home Vince for a 6-0 Mets lead. Plesac then walked Bonilla and got Orsulak to ground out to Grace and end the inning.

Despite allowing two hits apiece, Gooden and Plesac each pitched a scoreless third. Leading off the top of the fourth, Wilkins homered for the Cubs' first run of the game. Sammy Sosa grounded out to shortstop Fernandez and a double by Rey Sanchez ensued. Gooden struck out pinch-hitter Doug Jennings and retired Dwight Smith on an inning-ending line drive to second baseman Kent. Chicago's Jose Bautista pitched a perfect bottom half and Grace homered with one out in the top of the fifth to cut the Mets' lead to 6-2. Gooden retired Derrick May on a pop-up to third baseman Johnson and got Steve Buechele on a line drive to right fielder Bonilla for the third out. Bautista then set down the Mets in order in the bottom of the inning.

Gooden and Bautista each retired the side 1-2-3 in the sixth. Pinch-hitter Willie Wilson singled to open the top of the seventh. Smith drew a walk and Jose Vizcaino followed with a ground ball to Kent for a double play. Grace grounded out to Fernandez to end the inning and Murray got a one-out single against Cubs' reliever Chuck McElroy in the bottom half. Bonilla hit a single to send Murray to third base. Eddie came home with the Mets' seventh run of the game on Orsulak's sacrifice fly. McElroy then got Johnson to fly out to center fielder Smith and end the inning.

Gooden hurled a perfect top of the eighth. McElroy shut down the Mets in the bottom of the inning and Sosa went down on strikes to begin the top of the ninth. Sanchez was retired on a ground ball to Fernandez. Gooden then threw a called third strike past pinch-hitter Candy Maldonado to end the game. The Mets had a victory to start the series.