May 12, 1991: Mets Defeat Giants in 11 Innings

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Date: May 12, 1991
Mets starter: Frank Viola
Mets: 4
Giants: 2
Winning pitcher: John Franco
Key player(s): Howard Johnson, Dave Magadan, Chris Donnels
Key play: Johnson’s home run, Magadan’s and Donnels’ singles in 11th

The Mets faced the Giants on a Sunday afternoon in San Francisco. The teams played the finale of a three-game series at Candlestick Park. A pair of run-scoring singles in the 11th inning gave the Mets a 4-2 win.

Hubie Brooks hit a two-out double against Giants’ starter Trevor Wilson in the top of the first. Brooks scored on an ensuing single by Howard Johnson for a 1-0 Mets lead. Wilson struck out Kevin McReynolds to end the inning and the Mets’ Frank Viola pitched a scoreless bottom half. Wilson set down the Mets in order in the top of the second and Greg Litton doubled with two outs in the bottom of the inning. Steve Decker singled to drive home Litton with the tying run and a single by Dave Anderson ensued. Viola then fanned Wilson for the inning’s final out.

Following a scoreless third inning, Wilson shut down the Mets in the top of the fourth. Kevin Mitchell got an infield single to begin the bottom half. Matt Williams was struck out and Mitchell was caught stealing for the inning’s second out. Litton drew a walk and came around to score on Decker’s double for a 2-1 San Francisco lead. Anderson was given an intentional walk and Wilson singled to left field. Trying to score on the hit, Decker was out via a throw by left fielder Mark Carreon to catcher Rick Cerone to end the inning.

Wilson hurled a perfect top of the fifth. Viola yielded only a single to Mike Felder in the bottom half and Johnson homered against Giants’ reliever Mike LaCoss to lead off the top of the sixth. McReynolds got an infield single and Dave Magadan popped out to third baseman Williams. Tim Teufel and Cerone were fanned for the second and third outs and Viola retired all three San Francisco batters in the bottom of the inning. LaCoss gave up just a single to Carreon in the top of the seventh. The Giants were then shut down by Viola in the bottom half.

Johnson drew a walk against San Francisco’s Jeff Brantley to begin the top of the eighth inning. McReynolds singled and a sacrifice bunt by Magadan advanced the runners to second and third base. Pinch-hitter Chris Donnels was walked intentionally to load the bases and pinch-hitter Mackey Sasser popped out to shortstop Anderson. Brantley struck out pinch-hitter Daryl Boston to end the inning. Mets’ relievers Doug Simons and Jeff Innis then combined to pitch a scoreless bottom half.

Carreon got an infield single to open the top of the ninth inning. Tommy Herr hit a double play ground ball back to Brantley and a single by Brooks followed. Johnson and McReynolds drew consecutive walks to load the bases and Dave Righetti came in to pitch for the Giants. Righetti got Magadan on a grounder back to the mound for the inning’s third out. Innis then retired the side in order in the bottom half to send the game onward.

Righetti hurled a scoreless top of the 10th inning. Mets’ reliever John Franco responded with a perfect bottom half and Herr drew a walk to begin the top of the 11th. Brooks went down on strikes and Johnson flied out to center fielder Willie McGee. Herr stole second base and McReynolds was given an intentional walk. Magadan singled to drive home Herr and put the Mets ahead, 3-2. Donnels followed with a single that scored McReynolds with the fourth New York run. Righetti then threw a called third strike past Sasser to close out the inning.

Mitchell flied out to right fielder Brooks to lead off the bottom of the 11th. Williams was retired on a fly ball to left fielder Keith Miller. Franco then got pinch-hitter Kevin Bass to fly out to Brooks and end the game. The Mets had an extra-inning victory to finish off the series.