September 2, 1990: Mets Complete Four-Game Sweep

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Date: September 2, 1990
Mets starter: David Cone
Mets: 10
Giants: 6
Winning pitcher: David Cone
Key player(s): Darryl Strawberry, Mackey Sasser, Howard Johnson
Key play: Strawberry’s and Sasser’s singles, Johnson’s double

The Mets faced the Giants on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a four-game series. The Mets concluded a series sweep with a 10-6 win over San Francisco.

Brett Butler drew a walk against Mets’ starter David Cone to lead off the top of the first inning. Mike Kingery doubled and Will Clark drew a walk to load the bases. Kevin Mitchell hit a single to drive home Butler and Kingery. Matt Williams followed with a single to score Clark for a 3-0 Giants’ lead. Cone retired the next three batters to end the inning and Tim Teufel drew a one-out walk against San Francisco’s Paul McClellan in the bottom half. Teufel advanced to third base on Gregg Jefferies’ double and came home on Darryl Strawberry’s ground out to second baseman Robby Thompson. McClellan then walked Kevin McReynolds and retired Howard Johnson on a fly ball to right fielder Kingery for the inning’s third out.

After a scoreless second, Williams singled with one out in the top of the third. Terry Kennedy hit a double to advance Williams to third base. With Thompson at bat, Williams got caught by catcher Charlie O'Brien’s pickoff throw and was tagged out. Thompson popped out to third baseman Jefferies to finish off the inning and McReynolds slugged a solo home run with two outs in the bottom half. Johnson was then retired on a fly ball to Kingery to end the inning.

Cone gave up just a single to Butler in the top of the fourth. McClellan shut down the Mets in the bottom half and Mitchell got a single with one out in the top of the fifth. Williams singled and (with Kennedy at the plate) Mitchell was out via a throw by O’Brien to Jefferies on an attempted double steal. Kennedy singled to score Williams from second base and extend the Giants’ lead to 4-2. Thompson followed with a single to left field. Cone then retired Jose Uribe on a pop-up to Jefferies for the final out of the inning.

Teufel homered against McClellan to begin the bottom of the fifth. Jefferies hit a double and scored the tying run on a single by Strawberry. Giants’ reliever Francisco Oliveras retired McReynolds on a bunt to catcher Kennedy and walked Johnson intentionally. Daryl Boston flied out to left fielder Mitchell and an intentional walk to pinch-hitter Dave Magadan loaded the bases. Pinch-hitter Mackey Sasser singled against San Francisco’s Mark Thurmond to drive home Strawberry and Johnson for a 6-4 Mets lead. Thurmond then got Tommy Herr to pop out to first baseman Clark and finish off the inning.

Mets’ reliever Wally Whitehurst hurled a scoreless top of the sixth. A double by Teufel began the bottom half. Jefferies was retired on a fly ball to Mitchell. Teufel moved to third base on Strawberry’s ground out to Clark and scored on a single by McReynolds. Johnson hit a double and Boston was given an intentional walk to load the bases. Thurmond then retired Whitehurst on a pop-up to Thompson that closed out the inning.

Mitchell singled against Whitehurst to lead off the top of the seventh. Williams hit a double and advanced to third base on Kennedy’s single that drove home Mitchell. Against Mets’ reliever Ron Darling, pinch-hitter Greg Litton grounded out to Jefferies to bring home Williams and reduce the New York lead to 7-6. Pinch-hitter Gary Carter lined out to Jefferies and a walk to Ernie Riles ensued. Darling retired Butler on an inning-ending grounder to second baseman Herr. Giants’ reliever Mark Dewey then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Darling and Mets’ reliever Alejandro Pena combined for a scoreless top of the eighth. Jefferies singled to open the bottom of the inning. Strawberry drew a walk and McReynolds got a bunt single to load the bases. Johnson followed with a double that plated Jefferies, Strawberry and McReynolds to extend the Mets’ lead to four runs. Boston and Pena were retired on consecutive infield ground balls. Dewey then got Sasser to line out to Kingery and end the inning.

Pinch-hitter Bill Bathe grounded out to Pena to begin the top of the ninth. Litton was retired on a grounder to shortstop Johnson. Pena then got Carter to fly out to center fielder Boston and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory to finish off a four-game sweep.