May 3, 2020

Remembering Mets History (1991) : Hojo's Walk Off HR & Two Mets Pinch Hitters Hit Back To Back HRs For 1st Time In Team History

Saturday May 4th 1991: The 1991 Mets surely turned out to be a big disappointment, finishing up in fifth place. One of the few team highlights through out the year, was Howard Johnson as he slugged his way to be the only Met in history to ever lead the league in HRs & RBIs.

He would come in fifth in the league's MVP voting, make his second All Star team & have the best HR to at bat ratio in the NL averaging a HR every 14.8 at bats.

This early in the Mets season things were still looking ok, manager, Bud Harrelson's Mets were at 14-9 just one game behind the Pittsburgh Pirates.

A good crowd of 38,413 came out to Shea Stadium to see the Mets host the struggling San Francisco Giants. Ron Darling went up against San Francisco's John Burkett.

Starting Lineups

In the 1st inning, former Met & former NL MVP Kevin Mitchell would bring in the first run of the game with an RBI single. 

In the 3rd Will Clark singled off Darling making it 2-0. 

But in the 4th the Mets tied it up as Dave Magadan & Hubie Brooks both reached with hits. Then the Mets slugger; Howard Johnson singled & Kevin Elster hit a sac fly to tie it up at two. 

Giants slugger, Will Clark then hit a two run HR off Darling putting the Giants up 4-2.

The game would stay that way until the bottom of the 9th inning. Bud Harrelson sent up Mackey Sasser to pinch hit, he connected off reliever Jeff Brantley with a HR to right field.

Next Mark Carreon came in to pinch hit, he too connected off Brantley for a HR, this one tying up the game. 

Trivia: This was the first time in Mets history that two pinch hitters had back to back HRs. It was the first time in 16 years that an NL team had two players hit back to back pinch hit HRs.

The Mets bullpen, did a fine job, John Franco would hold the Giants scoreless for the next two innings & Pete Schourek held down the top of the 12th. 

With the Giants' Mike Lacoss on the mound, Howard Johnson then blasted the walk off game winning HR. Johnson would have the biggest year of his career in 1991, leading the NL in both HRs (38) & RBIs (117) with 34 doubles batting .259.

The Mets used five pitchers in the game, with the Giants using three.

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