September 14, 1991: Cone/Innis One-Hitter Loss
|Date: September 14, 1991|
|Mets starter: David Cone|
|Winning pitcher: Omar Olivares|
|Key player(s): David Cone, Jeff Innis, Ray Lankford|
|Key play: Lankford's single in 5th & throw in 9th|
The Mets and Cardinals played on a Saturday night in St. Louis. David Cone and Jeff Innis combined to pitch a one-hitter. However, the only hit drove home two runs for a 2-1 St. Louis victory over the Mets.
Cone struck out five Cardinal batters over the first four innings. He also kept the Cards hitless, permitting only two walks. Meanwhile, the Mets got three hits off St. Louis starter Omar Olivares, but did not score.
Cone began the bottom of the fifth with walks to Milt Thompson and Geronimo Pena and a wild pitch to advance them to second and third. David then struck out the next two hitters, but Ray Lankford followed with a single to score Thompson and Pena. The Cardinals had a 2-0 lead.
Olivares held the Mets to only a single and triple by Daryl Boston from the sixth inning to the eighth. The Cards were also shut down as Cone pitched a perfect sixth and seventh. Jeff Innis then retired the Cardinals in order on three ground balls in the bottom of the eighth.
The Mets faced Cardinals' reliever Lee Smith in the top of the ninth. Howard Johnson led off the inning with a walk, stole second base and went to third on an error by catcher Rich Gedman. Howard then scored on a ground out by Kevin McReynolds for the Mets' first run of the game.
Smith got Mackey Sasser on a fly out to center field before Gregg Jefferies reached on third baseman Todd Zeile's error. With Todd Hundley at the plate, Jefferies stole second to put the tying run into scoring position. Hundley then singled to center field, but Jefferies was out at the plate on Lankford's throw to Gedman. The Mets had suffered a tough loss of a game in which they had a one-hitter pitched for them.