May 13, 1989: Magadan's Single Puts Mets in First Place

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Date: May 13, 1989
Mets starter: David Cone
Mets: 4
Padres: 3
Winning pitcher: Randy Myers
Key player(s): Mackey Sasser, Randy Myers, Dave Magadan
Key play: Sasser’s double and homer, Magadan’s single

The Mets faced the Padres on a Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. Sitting one-half game out of first place in the National League East, the Mets were hopeful of taking over the division lead. Dave Magadan hit a run-scoring single in the 11th inning for a 4-3 Mets win over San Diego that put the team into the top spot in the East.

After a scoreless first inning, Mets’ starter David Cone struck out Rob Nelson to open the top of the second. Roberto Alomar walked and stole second base. Luis Salazar flied out to left fielder Lee Mazzilli and a single by Benito Santiago brought home Alomar. Santiago stole second before Cone fanned Garry Templeton for the third out of the inning. With one out in the bottom half, Mazzilli drew a walk and advanced to third on Gregg Jefferies’ single to right field. Mackey Sasser hit a double to score Mazzilli with the tying run. Kevin Elster’s sacrifice fly plated Jefferies to give the Mets a 2-1 lead. Padres’ starter Ed Whitson then retired Cone on an inning-ending ground ball to second baseman Alomar.

Cone and Whitson each pitched a scoreless third inning. David set down all three San Diego batters in the top of the fourth. Sasser homered with two outs in the bottom of the inning for the Mets’ third run. Elster was called out on strikes for the third out. Cone shut down the Padres in the fifth and sixth innings. Whitson and San Diego reliever Dave Leiper responded by retiring the Mets in order in each of the bottom halves.

The Padres had runners on first and second with two outs in the top of the seventh. Consecutive singles by Santiago and Templeton scored Nelson and Salazar, respectively, to tie the game at 3-3. Mets’ reliever Don Aase came in to pitch and threw a called third strike past pinch-hitter Carmelo Martinez for the third out. San Diego’s Greg Harris pitched a perfect bottom of the inning. Aase and Harris then hurled scoreless and hitless ball in the eighth and ninth innings to send the game onward.

Mets’ reliever Randy Myers struck out the side in order in the top of the 10th. The Mets failed to score in the bottom half. In the top of the 11th, Myers yielded only a single to Bip Roberts in shutting down the Padres. Kevin McReynolds singled and Lenny Dykstra hit into a force play to begin the bottom of the inning. Howard Johnson popped out to third baseman Salazar and a single by Keith Hernandez advanced Dykstra to third. Harris issued an intentional walk to Darryl Strawberry to load the bases. Pinch-hitting for Myers, Magadan delivered a single to center field to plate Dykstra with the winning run. The Mets had a victory to go into first place in the National League East Division.

Notes

  • At the end of this game, the Mets had only tied for the division lead. The Cardinals’ 3-2 loss to the Reds that night put the Mets one-half game ahead of St. Louis.