September 22, 1992: Three-Run 8th Beats Cubs

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Date: September 22, 1992
Mets starter: Pete Schourek
Mets: 8
Cubs: 7
Winning pitcher: Lee Guetterman
Key player(s): Jeff McKnight, Ryan Thompson, Dick Schofield, Chico Walker
Key play: McKnight’s and Thompson’s home runs, Schofield’s and Walker’s RBI singles

The Mets faced the Cubs on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the latter half of a two-game series. Scoring three runs in the eighth inning, the Mets came away with 8-7 win over Chicago.

After a scoreless first, Derrick May doubled against Mets’ starter Pete Schourek to lead off the top of the second. Luis Salazar hit a single and Rick Wilkins drew a walk to load the bases. Fernando Ramsey and Mike Morgan followed with force play ground balls to shortstop Dick Schofield to drive home May and Salazar, respectively, for a 2-0 Cubs lead. Alex Arias grounded out to catcher Todd Hundley to end the inning and Eddie Murray singled to begin the bottom half. Jeff McKnight hit a two-run homer to tie the game and Hundley singled to center field. Ryan Thompson was retired on a pop-up to first baseman Mark Grace. Schofield got a single on which Hundley was hit by the ball for an out. Cubs’ starter Morgan then got Schourek on a force play grounder to shortstop Arias for the inning’s third out.

Schourek retired the side in order in the top of the third. Morgan pitched a perfect bottom half and Schourek set down all three batters on infield ground balls in the top of the fourth. Murray drew a walk to open the bottom of the inning. McKnight lined out to left fielder May and a double by Hundley ensued. Thompson slugged a three-run homer to put the Mets ahead, 5-2. Morgan then got Schofield to line out to right fielder Andre Dawson and retired Schourek on a grounder to third baseman Salazar to close out the inning.

Schourek hurled a perfect top of the fifth. Morgan gave up only a single to Daryl Boston in the bottom half and Grace singled against Schourek with one out in the top of the sixth. Dawson fouled out to Hundley and May got an infield single. Salazar and Wilkins hit consecutive singles to score Grace and May, respectively. Pinch-hitter Steve Buechele singled to plate Salazar and tie the game at 5-5. Mets’ reliever Mark Dewey got pinch-hitter Kal Daniels to hit a force play ground ball to Schofield that finished off the inning. Chicago’s Jeff Robinson then yielded just a single to Hundley in the bottom half.

Dewey shut down the Cubs in the top of the seventh. Robinson retired the side 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning and Mets’ reliever Lee Guetterman gave up just a single to Wilkins in the top of the eighth. Murray drew a one-out walk against Chicago’s Paul Assenmacher in the bottom half. McKnight got a bunt single and advanced the second base (with pinch-runner Vince Coleman moving to third) on a wild pitch. Hundley was walked intentionally to load the bases and Thompson went down on strikes. Schofield singled to drive home Coleman and McKnight with the go-ahead runs. Chico Walker hit a single to score Hundley and increase the Mets’ lead to 8-5. Cubs’ reliever Heathcliff Slocumb issued an intentional walk to pinch-hitter Kevin Bass that loaded the bases once again. Slocumb then retired pinch-hitter Mackey Sasser on a ground ball to second baseman Doug Strange to end the inning.

Strange singled against Mets’ reliever Anthony Young to lead off the top of the ninth. Arias grounded out to second baseman Bill Pecota and a two-run homer by Gary Scott followed. Grace was retired on a grounder to Pecota. Young then got Dawson to ground out to Schofield and bring the game to an end. The Mets had held on for a series-closing victory.