May 4, 1991: Three Homers Beat Giants
|Date: May 4, 1991|
|Mets starter: Ron Darling|
|Winning pitcher: Pete Schourek|
|Key player(s): Mackey Sasser, Mark Carreon, Howard Johnson|
|Key play: Sasser's, Carreon's & Johnson's homers|
The Mets faced the Giants on a Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. Back-to-back pinch-hit home runs by the Mets in the ninth forced the game into extra innings. Howard Johnson brought closure to the day with a 12th-inning homer to give the Mets a 5-4 win.
The Giants scored in the first and third innings against Mets' starter Ron Darling. Singles by Kevin Mitchell and Will Clark each brought home Mike Felder for the two San Francisco runs. In the fourth, the Mets came back on Johnson's single to score Dave Magadan and a sacrifice fly by Kevin Elster on which Hubie Brooks came home to tie the game, 2-2.
Clark hit a two-run homer to put the Giants back in front in the top of the fifth. In the bottom of the inning, the Mets had their first two batters reach base before San Francisco's John Burkett recorded outs on each of the next three hitters. The score remained 4-2 until the middle of the ninth inning.
Mackey Sasser came up to pinch hit for Charlie O'Brien to start the bottom of the ninth. Sasser hit a home run off Giants' reliever Jeff Brantley to cut the Mets' deficit to one run. Mark Carreon, batting for pitcher Alejandro Pena, followed with another homer to tie the game at 4-4. Brantley was then replaced by Dave Righetti, who completed the inning with no further runs.
In the tenth, the Giants loaded the bases with two out. Mets' reliever John Franco got Matt Williams to hit into a force play to end the inning. They also had a runner on third in the 11th when Franco recorded an inning-ending strikeout. Pete Schourek then pitched scoreless top of the 12th for the Mets.
Johnson came to bat with Rick Cerone on first base and two out in the bottom of the 12th. Howard ripped a pitch from San Francisco's Mike LaCoss over the wall for a game-ending home run. The Mets had a come-from-behind victory with three dramatic homers.