April 11, 1984: Terrell and Sisk Five-Hit Braves

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Date: April 11, 1984
Mets starter: Walt Terrell
Mets: 6
Braves: 1
Winning pitcher: Walt Terrell
Key player(s): Walt Terrell, Doug Sisk, Mookie Wilson, Hubie Brooks
Key play: Wilson’s and Brooks’ RBI singles

The Mets faced the Braves on a Wednesday night in Atlanta. The teams played the latter half of a two-game series. Walt Terrell and Doug Sisk combined on a five-hitter in a 6-1 Mets win.

With one out in the top of the first inning, Braves’ starter Ken Dayley hit Jose Oquendo with a pitch. Keith Hernandez reached on shortstop Rafael Ramirez’s error and George Foster went down on strikes. Darryl Strawberry drew a walk to load the bases and Mookie Wilson singled to drive home Oquendo and Hernandez with the first two runs of the game. Hubie Brooks hit a single to score Strawberry for a 3-0 Mets lead. Dayley retired John Gibbons on a fly ball to center fielder Dale Murphy for the third out. Terrell then gave up just a single to Gerald Perry in the bottom half.

Dayley pitched a perfect top of the second. Terrell yielded only a single to Glenn Hubbard in the bottom of the inning and Strawberry drew a two-out walk in the top of the third. Wilson singled and Brooks followed with a single to bring home Strawberry, increasing the Mets’ lead to 4-0. Dayley got Gibbons on a fly ball to right fielder Claudell Washington to close out the inning and singled to lead of the bottom half. Washington hit a ground ball to first baseman Hernandez for a double play. Terrell then retired Ramirez on a grounder to shortstop Oquendo for the final out of the inning.

Dayley and Atlanta reliever Rick Mahler teamed up for a scoreless top of the fourth. Terrell set down the side in order in the bottom half and Wilson reached on first baseman Chris Chambliss’s error with one out in the top of the fifth. Mookie advanced to third base on Mahler’s errant pickoff throw and Brooks was given an intentional walk. Gibbons grounded out to second baseman Hubbard to drive home Wilson. Terrell reached second on Ramirez’s error that allowed Brooks to score for a 6-0 Mets lead. Mahler struck out Ron Gardenhire to end the inning and Hubbard got a one-out single in the bottom half. Bruce Benedict was retired on a foul pop-up to Hernandez. Terrell then got pinch-hitter Biff Pocoroba to ground out to Hernandez and finish off the inning.

The Mets failed to score after loading the bases against Braves’ reliever Jeff Dedmon in the top of the sixth. Terrell hurled a perfect bottom half and singled with one out in the top of the seventh. Gardenhire went down on strikes and Oquendo drew a walk. Hernandez was retired on a ground ball to Ramirez that ended the inning and Walt set down all three batters in the bottom half. Dedmon then shut down the Mets in the top of the eighth.

Hubbard drew a walk against Terrell to open the bottom of the eighth inning. Benedict singled for the Braves’ fifth hit and pinch-hitter Mike Jorgensen fouled out to Hernandez. Washington flied out to left fielder Foster and a walk to Ramirez loaded the bases. Sisk came in to pitch for the Mets and issued a walk to Perry that force home Hubbard. Doug then fanned Murphy for the inning’s final out.

Braves’ reliever Gene Garber gave up only a single to Gardenhire in the top of the ninth. Bob Horner drew a walk to begin the bottom half. Chambliss followed with a ground ball to second baseman Gardenhire for a double play. Sisk then struck out Hubbard to end the game. The Mets had a victory and a sweep of the two-game set.