September 10, 1988: Cone Fans 10 in Shutout

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Date: September 10, 1988
Mets starter: David Cone
Mets: 6
Expos: 0
Winning pitcher: David Cone
Key player(s): David Cone, Kevin McReynolds, Gary Carter, Keith Hernandez
Key play: McReynolds’ and Carter’s singles, Hernandez’s home run

The Mets faced the Expos on a Saturday night in Montreal. The teams played the second of three games in a series at Olympic Stadium. David Cone struck out ten batters and pitched a shutout in a 6-0 Mets win.

Expos’ starter John Dopson retired the side in order in the top of the first inning. Cone recorded a strikeout of Hubie Brooks to end a scoreless bottom half and Dopson surrendered just a walk to Darryl Strawberry in the top of the second. David fanned Dopson to close out the bottom of the inning. Dopson hurled a perfect top of the third and Tracy Jones drew a leadoff walk in the bottom half. Dave Martinez hit a single and Wallace Johnson’s ground out to second baseman Gregg Jefferies advanced the runners to second and third. Brooks drew a walk that loaded the bases. Cone then got Tim Wallach to hit a grounder to third baseman Dave Magadan for an inning-ending double play.

Jefferies drew a walk to open the top of the fourth. Keith Hernandez flied out to left fielder Jones and a balk moved Jefferies to second base. Gregg advanced to third on Strawberry’s ground out to first baseman Wallace Johnson and came home on Kevin McReynolds’ single for a 1-0 Mets lead. McReynolds went to third on Howard Johnson’s single and scored the second New York run on a single by Gary Carter. Magadan walked to load the bases and Dopson got Cone on a force play ground ball to shortstop Jeff Huson that ended the inning. Cone then retired the Expos in order in the bottom half.

Jefferies got a one-out single in the top of the fifth. Hernandez reached on right fielder Brooks’ error that allowed Jefferies to go to third base. Strawberry hit a sacrifice fly to drive home Jefferies and increase the Mets’ lead to 3-0. A wild pitch moved Hernandez to second and McReynolds lined out to third baseman Wallach to finish off the inning. Cone chalked up a pair of strikeouts in a perfect bottom half and Dopson gave up only a walk to Magadan in the top of the sixth. Wallace Johnson singled to begin the bottom of the inning. Brooks lined out to shortstop Howard Johnson and a strikeout of Wallach ensued. Tom Foley hit a single to center field. Cone then fanned Nelson Santovenia for the inning’s third out.

Mookie Wilson singled against Dopson to lead off the top of the seventh. Wilson advanced to second base on Jefferies’ ground out to second baseman Foley. Montreal reliever Rich Sauveur retired Hernandez on a ground ball to Huson. Sauveur issued a walk to Strawberry and the Expos’ Jeff Parrett got McReynolds on an inning-ending fly ball to Jones. Cone then yielded only a single to Huson in the bottom half.

Howard Johnson doubled against Montreal reliever Tim Burke to lead off the top of the eighth. Carter was struck out and Magadan drew a walk. Burke threw a called third strike past Cone and retired Wilson on a fly ball to Jones to close out the inning. Cone struck out the side in a scoreless bottom half and Tim Teufel singled to open the top of the ninth. Hernandez followed with a two-run homer to increase the Mets’ lead to 5-0. Strawberry lined out to Brooks and a double by McReynolds ensued. Howard Johnson grounded out to Wallace Johnson and a single by Carter brought home McReynolds with the sixth New York run. Burke then got Kevin Elster on a called third strike to finish off the inning.

Foley flied out to right fielder Strawberry to begin the bottom of the ninth. Cone fanned pinch-hitter Otis Nixon for his tenth strikeout of the game. David then retired Huson on a grounder to third baseman Howard Johnson (who had shifted from shortstop) for the game’s final out. The Mets had a shutout victory.