May 19, 1992: Cone Shuts Out Padres

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Date: May 19, 1992
Mets starter: David Cone
Mets: 8
Padres: 0
Winning pitcher: David Cone
Key player(s): David Cone, Daryl Boston, Bobby Bonilla
Key play: Boston’s homer in 3rd, Bonilla’s homer in 6th, Boston’s triple in 7th

The Mets and Padres faced each other on a Tuesday night in San Diego. After three consecutive losses, the Mets looked to get back on the winning track. David Cone pitched a complete game shutout as the Mets ended their skid with an 8-0 victory.

Cone and the Padres’ Jose Melendez each pitched scoreless ball for the first two innings of the game. The teams collected two singles apiece and left a total of five runners on base. The Mets took two-run lead in the top of the third on Daryl Boston’s solo home run and Dave Magadan’s single that brought home Willie Randolph. Cone then shut down San Diego despite walks to Craig Shipley and Gary Sheffield in the bottom of the inning.

Melendez retired the Mets in order in the fourth and fifth innings. The Padres had the bases loaded with two outs in the bottom of the fourth when Cone retired Shipley on an inning-ending pop-up to second baseman Randolph. David struck out Darrin Jackson with two runners on base for the second out of the fifth. He then got Jerald Clark on a ground ball to third baseman Magadan to end the inning.

In the top of the sixth, Eddie Murray singled with two outs. Bobby Bonilla followed with a home run to increase the Mets’ lead to 4-0. Howard Johnson drew a walk and Melendez was replaced on the mound by reliever Pat Clements. With Todd Hundley at bat, Johnson was caught stealing by San Diego catcher Benito Santiago for the third out. Cone then shut down the Padres without a hit in the bottom half of the inning.

Hundley singled off reliever Tim Scott to open the top of the seventh. Dick Schofield followed with a single on which Hundley went to third base. Todd came home when Cone reached first on an infield grounder. An ensuing triple by Boston scored Schofield and Cone for the Mets’ sixth and seventh runs. Daryl crossed the plate on Randolph’s single and Scott was removed from the game. San Diego’s Rich Rodriguez completed the inning with no further scoring. Cone then retired the Padres in order on three outfield fly balls in the bottom half.

Jeremy Hernandez set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth inning. Cone allowed a one-out single to Clark in the latter half. David followed up with strikeouts of Gary Pettis and Dann Bilardello to close out the inning. Hernandez then pitched his second straight perfect inning in the top of the ninth.

Tim Teufel began the bottom of the ninth inning with a single. Shipley lined out to shortstop Schofield and a pop-up by Sheffield was caught by first baseman Murray. Cone then retired Kevin Ward on a pop-up to Randolph to end the game. The Mets had ended their three-game slide on Cone’s fourth win and third shutout of the season.