May 3, 1992: Cone Shuts Out Braves

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Date: May 3, 1992
Mets starter: David Cone
Mets: 7
Braves: 0
Winning pitcher: David Cone
Key player(s): David Cone, Howard Johnson, Eddie Murray
Key play: Johnson’s double, Cone’s single, Murray’s home run

The Mets faced the Braves on a Sunday afternoon in Atlanta. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. David Cone pitched a five-hit shutout in a 7-0 Mets win.

Cone and the Braves’ Charlie Leibrandt each hurled four scoreless innings to start the game. David surrendered a walk and two singles while his teammates were kept off base completely by Leibrandt. To begin the top of the fifth, Bobby Bonilla singled and advanced to third base on a double by Eddie Murray. Howard Johnson doubled to drive home Bonilla and Murray with the first two runs of the game. Johnson stole third and Todd Hundley drew a walk. Daryl Boston reached on a fielder’s choice ground ball to load the bases. Cone singled to score both Johnson and Hundley with Boston moving to third. Willie Randolph hit a force play grounder to shortstop Rafael Belliard to bring home Boston and extend the Mets’ lead to 5-0. Dick Schofield was hit by a pitch and a double steal put runners at second and third. Leibrandt retired Dave Magadan on a ground ball to catcher Greg Olson and got Bonilla on an inning-ending grounder to second baseman Jeff Blauser. Cone then shut down the Braves in the bottom half.

Johnson drew a one-out walk against Atlanta reliever Kent Mercker in the top of the sixth. Hundley went down on strikes as Johnson stole second base. Boston singled to bring home Johnson for a 6-0 Mets lead and Cone grounded out to Belliard to end the inning. Ron Gant singled with two outs in the bottom half. Dave Justice drew a walk and a wild pitch advanced the runners to second and third. Sid Bream walked to load the bases. Cone then retired Blauser on a foul pop-up to first baseman Murray that closed out the inning.

Mercker pitched a scoreless top of the seventh. Cone set down the side in order in the bottom half and Murray hit a home run against Braves’ reliever Marvin Freeman to lead off the top of the eighth. Freeman retired the next three Mets batters and Deion Sanders got a single to open the bottom of the inning. Terry Pendleton was struck out and Gant singled for the Braves’ fifth hit. Justice was retired on a foul pop-up to catcher Hundley. Cone then got Bream to hit a force play ground ball to third baseman Magadan that finished off the inning.

Atlanta reliever Alejandro Pena hurled a perfect top of the ninth. Blauser grounded back to Cone to begin the bottom half. Olson was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Johnson. Cone then fanned pinch-hitter Mark Lemke to bring the game to an end. The Mets had a shutout victory on David’s five-hitter.