September 20, 1991: Cone One-Hits Cardinals
|Date: September 20, 1991|
|Mets starter: David Cone|
|Winning pitcher: David Cone|
|Key player(s): David Cone, Mark Carreon|
|Key play: Carreon's single in 6th|
The Mets began a three-game series with the Cardinals on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. It was a pitchers' duel as David Cone and St. Louis's Rheal Cormier both hurled complete games. Cone ended up with a one-hit shutout in a 1-0 win for the Mets.
Through seven innings, Cone did not allow a hit to the Cardinals. He retired the first fourteen St. Louis hitters before walking Milt Thompson with two out in the fifth. David then set down the Cards in order in the sixth and seventh.
Cormier held the Mets scoreless on four hits for the first five innings. He walked Kevin Elster leading off the sixth and balked to move him to second base with two out. After Gregg Jefferies reached base on shortstop Ozzie Smith's error, Cormier gave up a single to Mark Carreon that scored Elster from third. Chris Donnels then hit into a force play to end the inning.
In the top of the eighth, Felix Jose doubled for the Cardinals' first hit off Cone. David followed up by striking out Thompson and then retiring the next two hitters. He then struck out Rod Brewer and Ray Lankford to start the ninth before getting Smith to fly out to center field, ending the game. The Mets had a victory with Cone facing only 29 batters in a one-hitter.