May 22, 1990: Marshall's 6 RBIs Slay Dodgers
|Date: May 22, 1990|
|Mets starter: Bob Ojeda|
|Winning pitcher: Bob Ojeda|
|Key player(s): Mike Marshall, Darryl Strawberry, Kevin Elster|
|Key play: Marshall’s single and grand slam, Strawberry’s RBI single, Elster’s home run|
The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Tuesday night in Los Angeles. The teams played the latter half of a two-game series. Mike Marshall haunted his former mates with six runs batted in as the Mets came away with an 8-3 win.
Keith Miller got an infield single against Dodgers’ starter Tim Crews with one out in the top of the first inning. Howard Johnson reached on shortstop Alfredo Griffin’s error and a walk to Darryl Strawberry loaded the bases. Marshall followed with a sacrifice fly that scored Miller for a 1-0 Mets lead. Crews retired Daryl Boston on a fly ball to left fielder Mickey Hatcher for the third out. Mets’ starter Bob Ojeda then set down the side in order in the bottom half.
Crews gave up just a single to Kevin Elster in the top of the second. Eddie Murray doubled to lead off the bottom of the inning. Hubie Brooks grounded out to shortstop Elster and a single by Mike Sharperson drove home Murray with the tying run. Mike Scioscia was retired on a fly ball to left fielder Boston. Ojeda then got Griffin to ground out to second baseman Gregg Jefferies and end the inning.
After scoreless third and fourth innings, Miller and Johnson got back-to-back singles against Crews to begin the top of the fifth. Los Angeles reliever Don Aase got Strawberry to pop out to Griffin. Marshall singled to bring home Miller and put the Mets ahead, 2-1. Boston hit a force play ground ball to second baseman Juan Samuel and stole second base. Aase retired Elster on an inning-ending grounder to Griffin. Ojeda then yielded only a single to Sharperson bottom half.
Mackey Sasser singled against Dodgers’ reliever Mike Hartley to open the top of the sixth inning. Ojeda reached on Hartley’s error and Jefferies hit a single to load the bases. Miller followed with a grounder on which Griffin threw to catcher Scioscia for an out at home on Sasser. Johnson fouled out to Scioscia and an infield single by Strawberry brought home Ojeda. Marshall slugged a grand slam to increase the Mets’ lead to 7-1. Hartley retired Boston on an inning-ending grounder to first baseman Hatcher (who had shifted from left field.) Ojeda then hurled a scoreless bottom half.
Elster hit a leadoff double in the top of the seventh. Hartley set down the next three Mets batters and Brooks singled against New York’s Alejandro Pena to begin the bottom of the inning. Brooks advanced to second base on Sharperson’s ground out to first baseman Marshall and to third on a single by Scioscia. Griffin grounded out to Marshall to drive home Brooks with the second Los Angeles run of the game. Pena then struck out pinch-hitter Lenny Harris to finish off the inning.
Dodgers’ reliever Pat Perry pitched a scoreless top of the eighth. Samuel went down on strikes to open the bottom half. Jose Gonzalez tripled and scored on Hatcher’s sacrifice fly to cut the Mets’ lead to 7-3. Pena fanned Stan Javier to close out the inning and Elster homered against Los Angeles’s John Wetteland to lead off the top of the ninth. Sasser singled and Pena was struck out. Jefferies was retired on a ground ball to Hatcher. Wetteland then got Miller to ground out to Griffin and end the inning.
Brooks flied out to Boston to begin the bottom of the ninth. Sharperson took a called third strike. Pena then retired Scioscia on a fly ball to Boston for the game’s final out. The Mets had a victory to conclude the two-game set.