October 2, 1992: Schourek Leads Mets to Win Over Bucs

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Date: October 2, 1992
Mets starter: Pete Schourek
Mets: 6
Pirates: 3
Winning pitcher: Pete Schourek
Key player(s): Pete Schourek, Jeff Kent, Kevin Bass
Key play: Bass’s single, Kent’s RBI double

The Mets faced the Pirates on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a season-closing three-game series. Pete Schourek pitched eight innings for the win in a 6-3 Mets victory over Pittsburgh.

Schourek retired the side in order in the top of the first inning. Bucs’ starter Doug Drabek hurled a scoreless bottom half and Jeff King walked to lead off the top of the second. King stole second base and Lloyd McClendon drew a walk. King advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on Don Slaught’s single for a 1-0 Pittsburgh lead. Jose Lind flied out to center fielder Ryan Thompson. Schourek then struck out Drabek to end the inning.

Kevin Bass got an infield single with one out in the bottom of the second. Jeff Kent singled and a wild pitch moved the runners to second and third base. Todd Hundley grounded out to second baseman Lind to bring home Bass with the tying run. Drabek fanned Bill Pecota to close out the inning and Schourek pitched a perfect top of the third. Drabek then retired the Mets in order in the bottom half.

The Pirates failed to score after loading the bases in the top of the fourth. Eddie Murray hit a one-out double in the bottom of the inning. Bass singled to score Murray and put the Mets ahead by a run. Kent followed with a double and an intentional walk to Hundley loaded the bases. Pecota hit a force play grounder to shortstop Jay Bell that drove home Bass for a 3-1 New York lead. With Schourek at bat, the Mets attempted a double steal on which Kent was caught by Bell’s throw to catcher Slaught for the inning’s final out.

Schourek set down the Bucs 1-2-3 in the top of the fifth. Drabek gave up just a double to Daryl Boston in the bottom half and Barry Bonds homered to lead off the top of the sixth. King grounded out to third baseman Chico Walker and a single by McClendon ensued. Slaught popped out to second baseman Kent and a fly ball by Lind was caught by Thompson to finish off the inning. To begin the bottom half, Murray tripled against Pittsburgh reliever Denny Neagle. Bass grounded out to Bell and a double by Kent brought home Murray. Hundley went down on strikes and Pecota was walked intentionally. Neagle then threw a called third strike past Schourek to end the inning.

Schourek retired all three Pirates batters in the top of the seventh. Bucs’ reliever Bob Walk hurled a scoreless bottom half. With two outs in the top of the eighth, King hit a home run to reduce the Mets’ lead to 4-3. Schourek fanned McClendon for the third out of the inning and Kent singled against Pittsburgh’s Danny Cox to lead off the bottom half. Hundley hit a single and Pecota walked to load the bases. Pinch-hitter Mackey Sasser popped out to Slaught and a single by Thompson plated Kent. Boston was called out on strikes and Walker drew a walk that forced home Hundley with the Mets’ sixth run. Cox then threw a called third strike past Murray to close out the inning.

Slaught singled against Mets’ reliever Barry Jones to lead off the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Gary Varsho was retired on a fly ball to left fielder Boston. Jones then got pinch-hitter Alex Cole to hit a ground ball back to the mound for a double play that ended the game. The Mets had a victory to start the weekend series.