September 1, 1991: Mets Complete Three-Game Sweep of Reds

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Date: September 1, 1991
Mets starter: Wally Whitehurst
Mets: 9
Reds: 4
Winning pitcher: Wally Whitehurst
Key player(s): Howard Johnson, Keith Miller, Doug Simons
Key play: Johnson’s home run, Miller’s two-run double

The Mets faced the Reds on a Sunday afternoon in Cincinnati. The teams played the finale of a three-game series at Riverfront Stadium. The Mets completed a three-game series sweep with a 9-4 win.

In the top of the first inning, Howard Johnson drew a two-out walk against Reds’ starter Scott Scudder. Johnson stole second base and advanced to third on a wild pitch. A single by Kevin McReynolds drove home Johnson with the first run of the game. McReynolds was caught stealing on a throw by catcher Jeff Reed to shortstop Barry Larkin for the third out of the inning. Mets’ starter Wally Whitehurst then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Scudder retired the side in order in the top of the second. Luis Quinones singled with one out in the bottom of the inning. Reed followed with a double to left field that scored Quinones and tied the game at 1-1. Scudder hit a ground ball on which shortstop Kevin Elster threw to third baseman Johnson for an out on Reed. Whitehurst then got Stan Jefferson to ground out to second baseman Keith Miller and end the inning.

Whitehurst got a one-out infield single in the top of the third. Miller hit a double and Dave Magadan drew a walk to load the bases. Scudder threw a wild pitch that plated Whitehurst and put the Mets ahead by a run. Miller came home from third on Johnson’s ground out to first baseman Hal Morris. Scudder then got McReynolds on a pop-up to Reed that closed out the inning.

Morris and Larkin opened the bottom of the third with back-to-back singles. Paul O’Neill singled (and moved to second base on a throw) to drive home Morris and send Larkin to third. Carmelo Martinez hit a sacrifice fly to score Larkin and tie the game once again. Whitehurst got Mariano Duncan to line out to left fielder McReynolds. Kevin then threw to Miller for an out on O’Neill at second to complete an inning-ending double play.

Scudder and Whitehurst each pitched scoreless fourth and fifth innings. Johnson led off the top of the sixth with a home run to reclaim the lead for the Mets. McReynolds singled and moved to third base on an ensuing double by Mackey Sasser. Scudder issued a walk to Daryl Boston that loaded the bases. Cincinnati reliever Kip Gross threw a called third strike past Elster and got Charlie O'Brien on a force play ground ball to Larkin that scored McReynolds. A walk to pinch-hitter Gregg Jefferies reloaded the bases and Miller doubled to drive home Boston and O’Brien for a 7-3 New York lead. Magadan drew a walk to load the bases again. Gross then retired Johnson on a fly ball to left fielder Martinez that ended the inning.

O’Neill hit a double against Mets’ reliever Doug Simons to open the bottom of the sixth. Martinez was called out on strikes and Duncan flied out to right fielder Sasser. Quinones singled to score O’Neill with the Reds’ fourth run of the game. Simons then got pinch-hitter Chris Sabo to fly out to McReynolds and finish off the inning.

Simons and Cincinnati’s Chris Hammond each hurled scoreless ball in the seventh and eighth. Miller singled against Reds’ reliever Milt Hill to lead off the top of the ninth. Keith stole second base and advanced to third on Magadan’s fly out to center fielder Jefferson. Johnson hit a double to score Miller for an 8-4 Mets lead. Howard moved to third on McReynolds’ single and came home on Sasser’s force play ground ball to Larkin. Pinch-runner Terry McDaniel stole second and a walk to Boston followed. Hill then got Elster on a force play grounder to Larkin to end the inning.

Duncan lined out to Johnson to start the bottom of the ninth. Simons followed up by throwing a called third strike past Quinones. Doug then retired Donnie Scott on a fly ball to McReynolds for the game’s final out. The Mets had a sweep of the three-game series in Cincinnati.

Notes

  • The save for Simons was his only one in the major leagues.