May 24, 1992: Cone Blanks Giants With Four-Hitter
|Date: May 24, 1992|
|Mets starter: David Cone|
|Winning pitcher: David Cone|
|Key player(s): David Cone, Dave Magadan, Dick Schofield|
|Key play: Magadan’s single in 1st, Schofield’s double in 2nd|
The Mets faced the Giants on a Sunday afternoon in San Francisco. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. David Cone pitched a four-hit shutout in a 6-0 Mets win.
Willie Randolph drew a walk to lead off the top of the first inning. Dick Schofield followed with an infield single. Dave Magadan singled to drive home Randolph with the first run of the game. Eddie Murray hit a ground ball to shortstop Jose Uribe for a double play and Bobby Bonilla drew a walk. A single by Chico Walker scored Schofield for a 2-0 Mets lead. Giants’ starter Trevor Wilson retired D. J. Dozier on an inning-ending grounder to second baseman Robby Thompson. Cone then set down the side in order in the bottom half.
Cone drew a walk with one out in the top of the second. David advanced to second base on Randolph’s ground out to Thompson. Schofield doubled to score Cone with the Mets’ third run. Magadan grounded out to Uribe to end the inning. Cone hurled a perfect bottom of the inning and Murray singled to begin the top of the third. Bonilla hit a force play grounder to third baseman Matt Williams. Walker followed with a ground ball back to Wilson for a double play that closed out the inning. Cone then retired all three San Francisco batters in the bottom half.
Following a scoreless fourth inning, Wilson shut down the Mets in the top of the fifth. Cone threw a called third strike past Kevin Bass to open the bottom half. Williams singled for the Giants’ first hit of the game. Thompson went down on strikes and Kirt Manwaring flied out to center fielder Walker for the third out of the inning. Wilson set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the sixth. Cone then struck out the side in order in the bottom half.
San Francisco reliever Bryan Hickerson struck out Dozier to begin the top of the seventh inning. Todd Hundley hit a home run to extend the Mets’ lead to 4-0. Hickerson fanned Cone and got Randolph on a ground ball to Williams for the third out. Cone retired Willie McGee on a called third strike to open the bottom half. Will Clark hit a double and Bass went down on strikes. Cone then got Williams to ground out to shortstop Schofield and end the inning.
Murray hit a double with two outs in the top of the eighth. Bonilla singled to drive home Murray and advanced to second base on a single by Walker. Dozier singled to score Bonilla for the Mets’ sixth run of the game. Hickerson retired Hundley on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Darren Lewis. Cone held the Giants to a single by Uribe in a scoreless bottom half. San Francisco’s Dave Righetti then pitched a perfect top of the ninth.
Lewis lined out to first baseman Murray to start the bottom of the ninth inning. McGee singled to right field and Clark was retired on a grounder to Murray. Cone then got Bass to ground out to second baseman Randolph and end the game. The Mets had a shutout victory on David’s four-hitter.