Remembering Mets History (1990): "Sweet Music" Frank Viola Sets Franchise Record With Nine Straight Wins
Things were slowly going sour for the Mets, since the '86 Championship Season, the Mets only made the post season one more time in 1988. They would fire Davey Johnson during the 1990 season & give Bud Harrelson the position. But things would get even worse for Bud into the nineties.
But on this day, Mets pitcher Frank Viloa, known as "Sweet Music" would set a franchise record, by winning his ninth start in a row, dating back to last season. For Viola, he started out 1990 at 6-0 entering this game, with a 1.05 ERA. He had 45 strike outs with just five walks in 44 innings of work.
Two starts earlier, on May 2nd, Viola shut out the Cincinnati Reds on a six hitter at Shea, striking out a season high eleven.
Randolph & Kal Daniels to end the inning. Viola cruised through the game, the Dodgers did get two base runners in the 2nd, but Viola got Alfredo Griffin to ground out to end a threat.
In the 2nd, the Mets Mike Marshall doubled with two outs. Daryl Boston then singled to left giving the Mets a 1-0 lead. In the 3rd, Barry Lyons singled & was sacrificed over by Viola. Dodger pitcher, John Wetteland then walked Greg Jefferies & Kevin Elster. Howard Johnsons ground out brought in Lyons & Darryl Strawberry's single scored Jeffries to make it 3-0.
In the 4th, with two outs, Lyons singled & Viola reached on an error. With two on, Greg Jefferies doubled scoring Lyons. Next, Kevin Elster singled to left bring home Viola & Jefferies, capping off the 6-0 Mets win.