May 12, 1990: Viola Wins 7th in a Row
|Date: May 12, 1990|
|Mets starter: Frank Viola|
|Winning pitcher: Frank Viola|
|Key player(s): Frank Viola, Daryl Boston|
|Key play: Boston's RBI single in 2nd|
The number 7 proved significant in the Mets' game against the Dodgers on a Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. Pitcher Frank Viola struck out seven batters and recorded his seventh consecutive win of the season. The Mets defeated Los Angeles by a score of 7-0.
Viola retired the Dodgers in order in the top of the first inning. He fanned Willie Randolph and Kal Daniels for the final two outs and struck out Hubie Brooks to open the top of the second. Frank recorded two ground outs around a Mike Sharperson single to close out the top of the second. The Mets then took a 1-0 lead on Daryl Boston's single off Dodgers' starter John Wetteland that scored Mike Marshall in the bottom half.
After Viola pitched a perfect top of the third, Barry Lyons singled to begin the bottom of the inning. Lyons went to second base on Viola's sacrifice bunt and then to third on Wetteland's wild pitch. Gregg Jefferies and Kevin Elster both walked to load the bases and Howard Johnson hit into a force play on which Lyons scored. Darryl Strawberry singled to bring home Jefferies and extend the Mets' lead to 3-0. Wetteland then got Kevin McReynolds on a ground ball to third baseman Sharperson for the final out of the inning.
Viola retired Los Angeles 1-2-3 in the fourth, striking out Mickey Hatcher for the third out. Lyons singled with two out in the bottom half and Viola reached base on an error by Wetteland. Jefferies hit a double to score Lyons and send Frank to third base. Kevin Elster followed with a single, bringing home Viola and Jefferies for a 6-0 Mets lead. Dodgers' reliever Mike Hartley then retired Johnson to end the inning.
From the fifth inning to the seventh, Viola allowed only three hits while pitching scoreless ball. Frank surrendered two singles to Sharperson and one to John Shelby while striking out two Los Angeles batters. Meanwhile, the Mets were held without a run by Dodger relievers Tim Crews and Mike Maddux. Viola followed up with a perfect top of the eighth, during which he got Alfredo Griffin for his seventh strikeout of the game.
McReynolds and Marshall singled to begin the bottom of the eighth inning. Boston hit into a double play on which McReynolds came home from third for the Mets' seventh run of the game. Maddux then got Lyons on a grounder to Sharperson for the third out of the inning.
Viola retired Randolph and pinch-hitter Lenny Harris to open the top of the ninth. He then got Brooks on a ground ball to shortstop Elster to end the game. The Mets had a victory as Frank got his seventh win in his seventh game of the year.