May 14, 1991: Brooks Slams Padres

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Date: May 14, 1991
Mets starter: Wally Whitehurst
Mets: 6
Padres: 1
Winning pitcher: Wally Whitehurst
Key player(s): Hubie Brooks, Vince Coleman, Pete Schourek
Key play: Brooks’ grand slam

The Mets faced the Padres on a Tuesday night in San Diego. The teams played the second of three games in a series at Jack Murphy Stadium. A grand slam by Hubie Brooks and four innings of shutout relief by Pete Schourek highlighted a 6-1 Mets victory.

Vince Coleman led off the game with a single to center field. Coleman stole second base and went to third on Tommy Herr’s line out to right fielder Tony Gwynn. A single by Gregg Jefferies scored Coleman for the Mets’ first run. Jefferies was out at second after a pickoff throw by Padres’ starter Eric Nolte and a ground out by Brooks ended the inning. Mets’ starter Wally Whitehurst then pitched a perfect bottom of the first.

Nolte retired the Mets in order in the top of the second inning. In the bottom half, Thomas Howard singled with two outs and stole second base. An ensuing single by Scott Coolbaugh scored Howard to tie the game. Whitehurst threw a wild pitch to advance Coolbaugh to second and issued a walk to Paul Faries. Wally then struck out Nolte to end the inning.

Coleman got a two-out single in the top of the third. Vince went to third base on Herr’s single and Jefferies drew a walk to load the bases. Brooks followed with a grand slam to give the Mets a 5-1 lead. Nolte walked Howard Johnson, who stole second and scored on a single by Kevin McReynolds. Reliever Rich Rodriguez came in and got Tim Teufel to line out to left fielder Howard. Whitehurst then shut down San Diego in the bottom of the inning.

Rodriguez and Whitehurst each pitched scoreless fourth and fifth innings. In the top of the sixth, Padres’ reliever Wes Gardner shut down the Mets despite a two-out single by Rick Cerone. Schourek retired the side in order in the bottom of the inning. Gardner and Schourek followed up with scoreless ball in the seventh and eighth. San Diego’s Mike Maddux then pitched a perfect top of the ninth.

To begin the bottom of the ninth inning, Schourek retired Fred McGriff on a pop-up to third baseman Jefferies. Benito Santiago hit a grounder to Gregg for the second out. Schourek then got Howard to line out to center fielder Coleman and end the game. The Mets had a win with solid pitching and a grand slam by Brooks.