May 11, 1991: Late Hitting Slays Giants

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Date: May 11, 1991
Mets starter: Ron Darling
Mets: 6
Giants: 2
Winning pitcher: Ron Darling
Key player(s): Hubie Brooks, Mackey Sasser, Chris Donnels, Tommy Herr
Key play: Brooks’ home run, Sasser’s and Donnels’ RBI doubles, Herr’s two-run single

The Mets faced the Giants on a Saturday afternoon in San Francisco. The teams played the second of three games in a weekend series. The Mets erupted for nine hits in the final three innings for a 6-2 win.

Ron Darling and the Giants’ Don Robinson each pitched one-hit scoreless ball from the first inning to the third. Leading off the top of the fourth, Tommy Herr homered for a 1-0 Mets lead. Dave Magadan lined out to Robinson and a foul pop-up by Hubie Brooks was caught by third baseman Matt Williams. Howard Johnson flied out to center fielder Willie McGee to end the inning and Will Clark hit a game-tying home run to begin the bottom half. Kevin Mitchell grounded out to second baseman Herr and a strikeout of Williams ensued. Darling then retired Terry Kennedy on a fly ball to right fielder Brooks for the inning’s third out.

After a scoreless fifth, Robinson gave up only an infield single to Herr in the top of the sixth. Darling shut down the Giants in the bottom half and Brooks homered against Robinson to open the top of the seventh. Johnson hit a double and Kevin McReynolds grounded out to San Francisco reliever Rod Beck. Mackey Sasser doubled to score Johnson and advanced to third base on an error by McGee. Chris Donnels followed with a double to drive home pinch-runner Keith Miller, increasing the Mets’ lead to 4-1. Beck fanned both Darling and Vince Coleman to finish off the inning and Robby Thompson hit a solo homer with one out in the bottom half. Darling then got Dave Anderson on a line drive to center fielder Coleman and struck out pinch-hitter Mark Leonard to end the inning.

Herr singled against Giants’ reliever Francisco Oliveras to begin the top of the eighth. With Magadan at bat, Herr was caught stealing second base on catcher Kennedy’s throw to shortstop Anderson. Magadan hit a double and Brooks flied out to left fielder Mitchell. Johnson was walked intentionally and Oliveras retired McReynolds on an inning-ending pop-up to first baseman Clark. Mets’ reliever Alejandro Pena then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Daryl Boston got a two-out single against San Francisco reliever Dave Righetti in the top of the ninth. Coleman singled to send Boston to third base and stole second. Herr hit a single that plated Boston and Coleman with the Mets’ fifth and sixth runs of the game. Righetti retired Magadan on a foul fly ball to Mitchell for the final out of the inning and Thompson drew a one-out walk in the bottom half. Pena then got Anderson to hit a grounder to Herr for a game-ending double play. The Mets had a victory with solid hitting in the late innings.