September 22, 1990: Daryl, Darryl and Dave Dump Cubs

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Date: September 22, 1990
Mets starter: Ron Darling
Mets: 11
Cubs: 5
Winning pitcher: Ron Darling
Key player(s): Daryl Boston, Darryl Strawberry, Dave Magadan
Key play: Boston’s and Strawberry’s home runs, Magadan’s single

The Mets faced the Cubs on a Saturday afternoon in Chicago. The teams played the second of four games in an overlapping weekend series. Daryl Boston, Darryl Strawberry and Dave Magadan drove in nine runs among them in an 11-5 Mets win.

Cubs’ starter Jose Nunez pitched a scoreless top of the first inning. Jerome Walton singled against the Mets’ Ron Darling to open the bottom half. Walton moved to second base on Darling’s errant pickoff throw and to third on Ryne Sandberg’s ground out to shortstop Howard Johnson. Mark Grace grounded out to first baseman Magadan to drive home Walton with the game’s first run. Andre Dawson drew a walk and stole second. Derrick May hit a single to score Dawson for a 2-0 Chicago lead. May stole second and Darling retired Luis Salazar on a ground ball to Johnson that closed out the inning.

Gregg Jefferies drew a walk with one out in the top of the second. Jefferies went to second base on Pat Tabler’s ground out to catcher Damon Berryhill. Boston followed with a two-run homer to tie the game. Mackey Sasser singled and Darling was retired on an inning-ending fly ball to right fielder Dawson. Ron hurled a perfect bottom half and Nunez set down the Mets in order in the top of the third. With two outs in the bottom of the inning, Grace drew a walk. Dawson hit a single that sent Grace to third. On his own hit, Dawson got caught in a rundown. Grace tried to score on the play, but was out at home via a throw by Johnson to catcher Sasser to finish off the inning.

Following a scoreless fourth, Boston singled against Nunez to lead off the top of the fifth. Sasser hit a single to advance Boston to third base and moved to second on Darling’s sacrifice bunt. Johnson was walked intentionally to load the bases and a passed ball by Berryhill allowed Boston to score for a 3-2 Mets lead. Tommy Herr grounded out to first baseman Grace and a single by Magadan drove home Sasser and Johnson. Strawberry clouted a two-run homer and Jefferies singled to right field. Tabler hit a single against Cubs’ reliever Dave Pavlas and a single by Boston plated Jefferies to increase the New York lead to 8-2. On Daryl’s hit, Tabler got caught in a rundown and was tagged out by second baseman Sandberg to end the inning. Darling then gave up just a single to Walton in the bottom half.

Chicago reliever Kevin Coffman set down the side in order in the top of the sixth. Dawson slugged a solo home run with one out in the bottom of the inning. May grounded out to Magadan and a fly ball by Salazar was caught by right fielder Strawberry for the final out of the inning. With one out in the top of the seventh, Magadan walked and Strawberry hit a force play grounder back to Coffman. Jefferies and Tabler drew consecutive walks to load the bases and the Cubs’ Mitch Williams walked Boston to force home Strawberry. Williams then struck out Sasser to bring the inning to an end.

Shawon Dunston singled against Darling to begin the bottom of the seventh. Berryhill went down on strikes and Domingo Ramos hit a single that sent Dunston to third base. Mets’ reliever Wally Whitehurst recorded a strikeout of Walton. Sandberg singled to drive home Dunston and cut the Met lead to 9-4. Whitehurst then retired Grace on a fly ball to center fielder Boston to close out the inning.

Johnson hit a one-out single in the top of the eighth. Howard stole second base and recorded a steal of third as Herr drew a walk. Magadan followed with a sacrifice fly to bring home Johnson. Williams fanned Strawberry for the third out and Whitehurst pitched a perfect bottom half. Jefferies singled against Chicago reliever Bill Long to open the top of the ninth. Kevin McReynolds hit a double that scored Jefferies and extended the Mets’ lead to 11-4. Long then retired the next three New York batters to finish off the inning.

Dunston doubled to lead off the bottom of the ninth. Berryhill was called out on strikes and Ramos singled to drive home Dunston with the Cubs’ fifth run. Walton hit a single and Sandberg popped out to third baseman Jefferies. Whitehurst then got Grace to ground out to second baseman Herr and end the game. The Mets had a solid victory.