May 19, 1989: Mets Win with Four Walks in 10th
|Date: May 19, 1989|
|Mets starter: David Cone|
|Winning pitcher: Randy Myers|
|Key player(s): Darryl Strawberry, David Cone|
|Key play: Strawberry’s home run, Mets’ four walks in 10th|
The Mets faced the Giants on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. The teams began a three-game series with a crowd of 37,402 on hand. The Mets drew four consecutive walks in the 10th inning to come away with a 3-2 win over San Francisco.
Mets’ starter David Cone struck out Brett Butler to begin the top of the first inning. Robby Thompson followed with a triple and scored on a single by Will Clark. Cone fanned Kevin Mitchell and issued walks to Ernest Riles and Candy Maldonado to load the bases. Terry Kennedy hit a ground ball to first baseman Dave Magadan for the third out. Giants’ starter Don Robinson then shut down the Mets in the bottom half.
Cone and Robinson each pitched scoreless second and third innings. Riles homered to lead off the top of the fourth. Cone followed up with strikeouts of Maldonado and Kennedy and retired Jose Uribe on an inning-ending fly ball to left fielder Kevin McReynolds. Robinson yielded a two-out singles to McReynolds and Magadan in the bottom of the inning. On Magadan’s hit, McReynolds came home to score on an error by right fielder Maldonado. Mackey Sasser then hit a line drive to Maldonado for the third out.
After a scoreless fifth inning, Cone shut down San Francisco in the top of the sixth. Robinson got Gregg Jefferies on a line drive to left fielder Mitchell to start the bottom half. Howard Johnson struck out and Darryl Strawberry hit a home run to tie the game at 2-2. McReynolds flied out to Mitchell to end the inning. Cone recorded two strikeouts in a perfect top of the seventh. Giants’ reliever Jeff Brantley then set down the Mets in order in the bottom half.
Cone and Brantley each pitched a scoreless eighth inning. In the top of the ninth, Mets’ reliever Randy Myers retired the first two batters. Pinch-hitter Kirt Manwaring singled to center field. Myers fanned Jose Uribe for the third out and San Francisco’s Craig Lefferts shut down the Mets in the bottom half. The Giants had the bases loaded with two outs in the top of the 10th. Myers then got Ed Jurak on an inning-ending fly ball to right fielder Strawberry.
Lefferts set down the first two Mets batters in the bottom of the 10th inning. Lenny Dykstra walked and pinch-hitter Tim Teufel also drew a base on balls. San Francisco reliever Rich Gossage walked Johnson to load the bases. Gossage then issued a walk to Strawberry that forced home Dykstra with the winning run. The Mets had "walk-off" victory in the literal sense.