October 6, 1991: Cone Strikes Out 19

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Date: October 6, 1991
Mets starter: David Cone
Mets: 7
Phillies: 0
Winning pitcher: David Cone
Key player(s): David Cone, Daryl Boston, Keith Miller
Key play: Mets’ 3-runs in 1st, Cone’s strikeouts

For the last game of the regular season, David Cone took the mound at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia. David pitched one of his best games ever with 19 strikeouts of Phillies’ batters. The Mets won easily, 7-0.

The Mets got off to a quick 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Daryl Boston hit Andy Ashby’s first pitch of the game for a triple and scored on Keith Miller’s double that followed. Gregg Jefferies singled with two out to bring home Miller and was later driven home on a single by Chris Donnels.

Cone blew away the Phils from the start. He struck out Kim Batiste to start the game and, after a walk, struck out the next two hitters. David struck out the side in the second and got Batiste on strikes again in the third. Cone had seven strikeouts after facing only 11 hitters.

The Mets scored another run in the third on Jefferies’ second RBI single of the game. Cone then struck out all three Phillie hitters in the fourth and Miller homered in the fifth. Cone added five more strikeouts in the next two innings, giving him 15 through the end of the sixth.

In the seventh, Howard Johnson got a two-out single off Bruce Ruffin to score Miller with the Mets sixth run. Boston’s homer off Wally Ritchie in the ninth gave New York its final run. Meanwhile, Cone struck out two more hitters in the eighth and got Batiste and Mickey Morandini on strikes in the ninth. David then got Dale Murphy to ground out to end the game and season with a most impressive three-hit shutout.

Notes

  • Cone’s 19 strikeouts tied the Mets record set by Tom Seaver on April 22, 1970.