April 11, 1986: Ojeda Wins in Mets Debut
|Date: April 11, 1986|
|Mets starter: Ron Darling|
|Winning pitcher: Bob Ojeda|
|Key player(s): Bob Ojeda, Gary Carter, Danny Heep|
|Key play: Carter’s homer and singles, Heep’s triple|
The Mets faced the Phillies on a Friday night in Philadelphia. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. Making his Mets debut in relief, Bob Ojeda recorded his first win for the orange and blue in a 9-7 victory over the Phils.
Keith Hernandez singled against Phillies’ starter Kevin Gross with two outs in the top of the first inning. Gary Carter hit a two-run homer and Gross threw a called third strike past Darryl Strawberry to close out the inning. Gary Redus drew a walk against the Mets’ Ron Darling to begin the bottom half. Redus advanced to second base on a balk and to third on Milt Thompson’s ground out to second baseman Wally Backman. Juan Samuel doubled to score Redus and cut the Mets’ lead to 2-1. Darling then fanned both Mike Schmidt and Glenn Wilson for the inning’s final outs.
Gross yielded only a single to Howard Johnson in the top of the second. Darling pitched a scoreless bottom half and Backman got a one out single against Gross in the top of the third. Hernandez doubled and came around to score with Backman on a single by Carter. Strawberry hit a double and Danny Heep was walked intentionally to load the bases. Johnson walked to force home Carter with the Mets’ fifth run of the game. Against Philadelphia reliever Larry Andersen, Rafael Santana hit a sacrifice fly to plate Strawberry and extend the New York lead to 6-1. Andersen then struck out Darling to finish off the inning.
With two outs in the bottom of the third, Samuel singled and stole second base. Schmidt hit a single to drive home Samuel and a fly ball by Wilson was caught by center fielder Lenny Dykstra for the third out of the inning. Dykstra singled to begin the top of the fourth. Backman was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Thompson. Lenny stole second and advanced to third as Hernandez reached on first baseman Von Hayes’ error. Carter singled to drive home Dykstra for his fifth RBI of the game. Strawberry was called out on strikes and Heep hit a triple that scored Hernandez and Carter, increasing the Mets’ lead to 9-2. Andersen then threw a called third strike past Johnson to end the inning.
Hayes and Darren Daulton hit back-to-back home runs to open the bottom of the fourth. Steve Jeltz flied out to Dykstra and a strikeout of pinch-hitter Rick Schu followed. Redus singled and moved to second base on an error by Darling. Ron retired Thompson on a ground ball to shortstop Santana to close out the inning. Phils’ reliever then Dave Rucker pitched a scoreless top of the fifth.
Samuel singled against Darling to lead off the bottom of the fifth inning. With Schmidt at bat, Samuel stole second base. Schmidt went down on strikes and a wild pitch advanced Samuel to third. Wilson drew a walk and went to third on Hayes’ single that brought home Samuel. Ojeda came in to pitch for the Mets and threw a wild pitch that scored Wilson, reducing the New York lead to 9-6. Ojeda then struck out Daulton and retired Jeltz on a fly ball to Dykstra to finish off the inning.
Rucker set down the side in order in the top of the sixth. Ojeda hurled a perfect bottom half and Philadelphia reliever Don Carman gave up only a bunt single to Johnson in the top of the seventh. Bob retired the side 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning and Carman set down all three batters in the top of the eighth. Hayes singled to lead off the bottom half. Daulton took a called third strike and Jeltz hit a force play ground ball back to Ojeda. Pinch-hitter John Russell hit a single and Roger McDowell came in to pitch for the Mets. Redus greeted McDowell with a double that brought home Jeltz with the Phillies’ seventh run of the game. McDowell then got Thompson on a grounder to Santana that ended the inning.
Phils’ reliever Dave Stewart pitched a perfect top of the ninth. Samuel drew a walk against McDowell to open the bottom half. Schmidt grounded to Santana for a double play and Wilson singled to center field. Mets’ reliever Jesse Orosco then retired Hayes on a ground ball to first baseman Hernandez for the game’s final out. The Mets had a victory as Ojeda got the win in his debut with the team.