Number Seven: June 6th, 1992 versus Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Mets 1992 season started off pretty good. They entered this game with a 27-26 record and just five days earlier had a 14-1 blowout win. Most fans and players probably didn’t expect the Mets to have another great game so soon after, but here they were.
For the first couple innings of the game, you could call it a pitching duel. After three innings the Mets were winning by a score of 2-1. That run the Pirates scored was courtesy of a Barry Bonds single.
For the Mets, the runs really started piling up in the middle of the game. They scored four in the 4th and five in the 6th. Most of the runs in the 4th inning came courtesy of a Todd Hundley three-run home run.
From then on, the Mets were quiet in the power department. They only had one extra-base hit from the 5th inning until the 8th. In the 8th inning, however, Bobby Bonilla hit a solo home run and in the 9th, Chico Walker hit a three-run shot.
In addition to hitting, the Mets pitching was phenomenal that day. Sid Fernandez was the only pitcher that was needed to get 27 outs. He gave up just the one run through a complete 9 inning game and brought his ERA down to below three for the season.
This was a well-balanced lineup. While only four players recorded two or more hits, 11 different players recorded at least one.
While Bobby Bonilla went 4-4 and drove in four runs, it’s once again the pitching getting the MVP. In addition to Fernandez giving up just one run over nine innings, he also went 3-5 and scored two runs.
The Mets won by a score of 15-1, but their season crashed from there. Even though they were two games over .500 at this point, they finished the season 18 games below .500.