May 31, 1989: Mets Beat Giants in 10 Innings

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Date: May 31, 1989
Mets starter: Bob Ojeda
Mets: 3
Giants: 1
Winning pitcher: Randy Myers
Key player(s): Bob Ojeda, Howard Johnson, Mookie Wilson
Key play: Johnson’s single, Speier’s error

The Mets faced the Giants on a Wednesday night in San Francisco. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets scored two runs in the 10th inning for a 3-1 win.

Giants’ starter Scott Garrelts pitched a perfect top of the first. Brett Butler doubled against the Mets’ Bob Ojeda to lead off the bottom half. Chris Speier grounded out to second baseman Tim Teufel (sending Butler to third base) and Will Clark went down on strikes. Kevin Mitchell flied out to left fielder Kevin McReynolds to end the inning and Howard Johnson drew a walk with one out in the top of the second. Dave Magadan hit a single and Barry Lyons singled to load the bases. Kevin Elster was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Butler, who threw to catcher Kirt Manwaring for an out at home on Johnson and an inning-ending double play. Candy Maldonado singled to open the bottom half. Ernest Riles hit a double play ground ball to Teufel and an error by shortstop Elster allowed Manwaring to reach second base. Ojeda then struck out Jose Uribe to finish off the inning.

Garrelts gave up only a single to Teufel in the top of the third. Ojeda surrendered just a walk to Butler in the bottom half. From the fourth inning to the sixth, Garrelts and Ojeda retired all opposing batters they faced. To begin the top of the seventh, McReynolds hit a double to left field. Johnson singled to drive home McReynolds and give the Mets a 1-0 lead. Magadan flied out to Butler and a strikeout of Lyons ensued. Garrelts threw a called third strike past Elster to close out the inning. Ojeda then held the Giants to a walk to Riles in the bottom half.

Garrelts shut down the Mets in the top of the eighth. Ojeda hurled a scoreless bottom of the inning and San Francisco reliever Craig Lefferts yielded just a single to McReynolds in the top of the ninth. Clark drew a walk against New York’s Randy Myers to lead off the bottom half. Mitchell doubled to score Clark and tie the game at 1-1. On his own hit, Mitchell got caught between bases and was tagged out by first baseman Magadan. Maldonado grounded out to Elster and a single by Riles followed. Myers then fanned Manwaring for the inning’s final out to send the game onward.

Lyons singled to begin the top of the 10th. Elster reached on second baseman Ed Jurak’s error and a bunt by pinch-hitter Mark Carreon was caught by third baseman Riles. With pinch-hitter Mookie Wilson at bat, a wild pitch advanced pinch-runner Keith Miller to third base and Elster to second. Wilson reached on an error by shortstop Speier to bring home Miller. Elster also scored on the play for a two-run Mets lead. Lefferts then struck out Teufel and retired Darryl Strawberry on a grounder back to the mound to end the inning.

Mets’ reliever Rick Aguilera got pinch-hitter Ken Oberkfell on a fly ball to center fielder Wilson to start the bottom of the 10th. Pinch-hitter Terry Kennedy singled and Butler was struck out. Aguilera then fanned Speier to bring the game to an end. The Mets had an extra-inning victory.