September 30, 1989: Five-Run 11th Beats Bucs

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Date: September 30, 1989
Mets starter: Blaine Beatty
Mets: 7
Pirates: 2
Winning pitcher: Randy Myers
Key player(s): Kevin McReynolds, Tom O'Malley
Key play: McReynolds’ run-scoring single, O'Malley’s two-run double

The Mets faced the Pirates on a Saturday night in Pittsburgh. The teams played the penultimate game of the regular season. The Mets scored five runs in the 11th inning for a 7-2 win over the Bucs.

Following a scoreless first inning, Kevin McReynolds singled to lead off the top of the second. An ensuing triple by Tim Teufel brought home McReynolds with the first run of the game. Mark Carreon hit a single to score Teufel for a 2-0 Mets lead. Gary Carter flied out to center fielder Billy Hatcher. Pirates’ starter Neal Heaton got Kevin Elster to hit a ground ball to third baseman Jeff King for an inning-ending double play. For the Mets, starter Blaine Beatty pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Beatty singled for his first (and only) major league hit to begin the top of the third inning. Gregg Jefferies followed with a grounder to shortstop Jay Bell for a double play. Juan Samuel was hit by a pitch and stole second and third base. Heaton struck out Howard Johnson to end the inning. With one out in the bottom half, Bell doubled to left field. Hatcher grounded out to shortstop Elster and a walk to Bobby Bonilla ensued. Beatty then fanned R. J. Reynolds for the inning’s final out.

Heaton retired the Mets in order in the top of the fourth. Dann Bilardello hit a solo homer with two outs in the bottom of the inning. Beatty got Heaton on a ground ball to Elster for the third out and the Mets did not score in the top of the fifth. Beatty set down the Pirates 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning. McReynolds drew a two-out walk and advanced to second base on Heaton’s errant pickoff throw in the top of the sixth. Teufel flied out to Hatcher to end the inning. Mets’ reliever Jeff Musselman then shut down the Bucs in the bottom half.

Heaton hurled a perfect top of the seventh. Musselman held the Pirates to a single by pinch-hitter Albert Hall in a scoreless bottom of the inning. Pittsburgh reliever Bob Kipper retired all three batters in the top of the eighth and Bonilla drew a walk against the Mets’ Julio Machado with two outs in the bottom half. Bonilla stole second base and Machado fanned Reynolds to close out the inning. Kipper the set down the Mets in order in the top of the ninth.

Jose Lind hit a one-out single against Machado in the bottom of the ninth inning. Randy Myers came in to pitch for the Mets and struck out pinch-hitter John Cangelosi. As a pinch-hitter for Kipper, Junior Ortiz drew a walk to keep the Bucs’ chances alive. An ensuing double by Barry Bonds plated Lind with the tying run. Ortiz also tried to score on the hit, but was out on third baseman Johnson’s relay throw to catcher Carter for the third out of the inning.

Pirates’ reliever Bill Landrum set down the side in order in the top of the 10th. Myers pitched a scoreless bottom half and Jefferies doubled with one out in the top of the 11th. Pinch-hitter Dave Magadan singled and an intentional walk to Johnson loaded the bases. McReynolds hit a single to score Jefferies and put the Mets ahead by a run. A pinch-hit double by Tom O'Malley brought home Magadan and Johnson to increase the New York lead to 5-2. Carreon singled against Pittsburgh’s Mike Smith to drive home McReynolds. Carter went down on strikes and Elster reached on second baseman Lind’s error that allowed O'Malley to score the Mets’ fifth run of the inning and seventh of the game. Smith then got Keith Miller on a ground ball to first baseman Bonilla for the third out.

Mets’ reliever Wally Whitehurst retired King on a grounder to Johnson to open the bottom of the 11th inning. Lind also grounded out to Johnson. Whitehurst then got pinch-hitter Mike LaValliere to fly out to left fielder McReynolds and end the game. The Mets had an extra-inning victory.

Notes

  • This was Carter’s 600th and final regular season game as a Met.