September 10, 1991: Schourek One-Hits Expos
|Date: September 10, 1991|
|Mets starter: Pete Schourek|
|Winning pitcher: Pete Schourek|
|Key player(s): Pete Schourek, Mackey Sasser, Howard Johnson|
|Key play: Johnson's and Sasser's home runs, Schourek's double|
The Mets came into their Tuesday night game against the Expos with a five-game losing streak. They had Pete Schourek on the mound to try and turn things around. Pete responded with a one-hit shutout and the Mets rolled to an easy 9-0 win.
Schourek retired the first fourteen batters of the game. During the first three innings, he struck out five different Montreal players. Pete then walked Andres Galarraga and gave up a single to Ken Williams in the fifth before getting Gil Reyes to fly out and end the inning.
The Mets provided Schourek with run support in the bottom of the third. With one out, Jeff Gardner singled off his surnamesake Mark Gardner for his first major league hit. Gregg Jefferies followed with another single and Howard Johnson then blasted a home run for a 3-0 Met lead.
In the fifth, Mark Gardner walked Jeff Gardner to start the inning. Johnson also drew a walk and Mackey Sasser came to bat with one out. Sasser hit the Mets' second three-run homer of the game to extend the lead to 6-0. The game then lost one of its Gardners as Mark was replaced by Expos' reliever Steve Frey.
Schourek walked Delino DeShields with one out in the top of the sixth. DeShields moved to second on a wild pitch with Spike Owen at the plate. Pete got Owen to fly out to center field. He then retired Marquis Grissom on a ground ball to shortstop for the final out of the inning. Schourek did not allow another Expos' runner the rest of the game.
In the seventh, Pete's own bases-loaded double off Montreal's Scott Ruskin scored Sasser and Daryl Boston. The Mets added another run in the eighth against Doug Piatt when Johnson came home on an error by Williams. Piatt then struck out three straight batters to end the inning.
Schourek finished off the Expos with a scoreless top of the ninth. Pete had a complete game one-hitter in which he faced 30 Montreal hitters. The Mets' losing streak was over with Schourek's pitching gem.
- This was Schourek's only shutout of his 11-year career.