September 3, 1991: Young's First Major League Win
|Date: September 3, 1991|
|Mets starter: Anthony Young|
|Winning pitcher: Anthony Young|
|Key player(s): Anthony Young, Howard Johnson, Kevin McReynolds|
|Key play: Johnson’s and McReynolds’ doubles in 1st|
The Mets faced the Astros on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played a two-hour and fifteen-minute game in front of 12,974 fans on hand. Anthony Young recorded his first win in the major leagues in a 6-1 Mets victory over Houston.
Young retired the side in order in the top of the first inning. Keith Miller drew a walk to lead off the bottom half. Dave Magadan reached on a fielder’s choice as Miller advanced to third base on Houston starter Mark Portugal’s error. Howard Johnson hit a double to drive home Miller. An ensuing double by Kevin McReynolds brought home Magadan and Johnson for a 3-0 Mets lead. Mackey Sasser flied out to left fielder Jose Tolentino and a strikeout of Gregg Jefferies followed. Portugal then retired Kevin Elster on a fly ball to right fielder Casey Candaele to close out the inning.
Young shut down the Astros in the top of the second. With one out in the bottom half, Anthony doubled for his first major league hit. Young moved to third base on Miller’s fly out to center fielder Steve Finley and a fly ball by Magadan was caught by Tolentino for the third out. Young pitched a perfect top of the third and McReynolds got a one-out single in the bottom of the inning. Kevin was caught stealing on a throw by catcher Craig Biggio to shortstop Andujar Cedeno. Portugal then fanned Sasser to finish off the inning.
Young retired all three Houston batters in the top of the fourth. Portugal yielded only a double to Charlie O'Brien in the bottom half. Young gave up just an infield single to Cedeno in the top of the fifth and Miller singled to open the bottom of the inning. Keith stole second base on a third strike to Magadan and scored on Johnson’s ensuing single. McReynolds drew a walk and Sasser singled to bring home Johnson. Jefferies was walked intentionally to load the bases and Elster hit a sacrifice fly to plate McReynolds for a 6-0 Mets lead. Portugal then retired O’Brien on a grounder to third baseman Ken Caminiti for the final out of the inning.
Finley hit a leadoff double in the top of the sixth. Consecutive infield ground outs by Biggio and Jeff Bagwell brought home Finley with the Astros’ first run of the game. Tolentino singled and advanced to third base on a double by Caminiti. Young retired Candaele on an inning-ending ground ball to shortstop Elster. Miller drew a one-out walk in the bottom half. Magadan flied out to Finley and a stolen base by Miller followed. Portugal then threw a called third strike past Johnson to end the inning.
Young hurled a scoreless top of the seventh. With two outs in the bottom half, Jefferies singled against Houston reliever Curt Schilling. Elster followed with a double on which Gregg tried to score. Second baseman Andy Mota took a throw from Candaele and relayed to Biggio for an out at home on Jefferies that ended the inning. Mets’ reliever Tim Burke retired the side in order in the top of the eighth. Schilling then set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the bottom half.
Tolentino hit a single to begin the top of the ninth inning. Caminiti was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Daryl Boston. Burke then got Candaele to hit a grounder to second baseman Miller for a game-ending double play. The Mets had a solid victory as Young chalked up his first win as a major leaguer.