September 7, 1989: Jefferies Pounds Cardinals
|Date: September 7, 1989|
|Mets starter: Frank Viola|
|Winning pitcher: Frank Viola|
|Key player(s): Gregg Jefferies, Frank Viola|
|Key play: Jefferies' home runs|
The Mets played the Cardinals on a Thursday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The crowd on hand witnessed a 15-hit attack by the home team in a rout over St. Louis. Gregg Jefferies led the way with 5 runs batted in and 12 total bases as the Mets came away with a 13-1 victory.
Frank Viola and the Cards' Ted Power each started the game by allowing one hit over two scoreless innings. Jefferies doubled in the bottom of the first for the Mets and Milt Thompson did the same for St. Louis in the second. Viola then retired the Redbirds in order in the top of the third.
An error by Cardinals' third baseman Terry Pendleton allowed Kevin Elster to reach first base leading off the bottom of the third inning. Elster moved to second on Viola's sacrifice bunt and Jefferies came to bat. Gregg hit a home run to put the Mets ahead, 2-0. Power retired Juan Samuel before surrendering a homer to Howard Johnson for the Mets' third run. Darryl Strawberry then hit a line drive to shortstop Ozzie Smith for the third out.
Pedro Guerrero homered off Viola for the first St. Louis run in the top of the fourth. In the bottom of the inning, Kevin McReynolds doubled off reliever Matt Kinzer and advanced to third base on a single by Dave Magadan. An ensuing double by Barry Lyons plated McReynolds and sent Magadan to third. After Elster struck out, Viola singled to drive home Magadan and an error by center fielder Thompson allowed Lyons to score on the play. Frank went to third on Jefferies' second double and came home when Pendleton made his second error on Samuel's ground ball. The inning ended with the Mets holding a 7-1 lead.
Viola shut down the Cardinals in the top of the fifth inning. Magadan singled off Bob Tewksbury with one out in the bottom half. Lyons doubled for the second time in the game and Elster grounded out to score Magadan from third. After Viola's second single of the game, Jefferies hit his second homer for three more Met runs. The inning then came to an end when Tewkbury got Samuel to ground out to Pendleton.
The Mets got their twelfth run of the game on Magadan's sacrifice fly that brought home Craig Shipley in the bottom of the sixth inning. In the seventh, Viola held off a St. Louis scoring chance before coming out for a pinch-hitter. Mets' reliever Jeff Musselman then shut down the Cardinals on one hit in the top of the eighth.
Shipley and Mark Carreon got one-out singles off the Cards' Cris Carpenter in the bottom of the eighth inning. Lou Thornton reached first to load the bases when second baseman Rod Booker made the fifth St. Louis error of the game. Magadan hit into a force play to send Shipley home with the Mets' thirteenth run. Carpenter then got Mackey Sasser to fly out and end the inning.
Making his major league debut, Julio Machado came in to pitch for the Mets in the ninth. Machado started the inning by getting Tom Pagnozzi on a called third strike and Thompson on a ground ball to second baseman Jefferies. Julio walked Todd Zeile and then struck out Jim Lindeman to end the game. The Mets had an easy win with an offensive outburst led by Jefferies' two doubles and two home runs.