April 12, 1985: Berenyi and Sisk Blank Reds on Three Hits

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Date: April 12, 1985
Mets starter: Bruce Berenyi
Mets: 1
Reds: 0
Winning pitcher: Bruce Berenyi
Key player(s): Bruce Berenyi, Doug Sisk, Gary Carter
Key play: Carter’s home run

The Mets faced the Reds on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. Bruce Berenyi and Doug Sisk combined for a three-hit shutout in a 1-0 Mets win over Cincinnati.

Berenyi gave up only a single to Pete Rose in the top of the first inning. Reds’ starter Mario Soto pitched a perfect bottom half and Bruce set down the side in order in the top of the second. Soto yielded just a single to George Foster in the bottom of the inning and Berenyi retired all three batters in the top of the third. Rafael Santana singled to lead off the bottom half. Santana moved to second base on Berenyi’s sacrifice bunt and to third on a single by Wally Backman. Mookie Wilson followed with a ground ball on which first baseman Rose threw to catcher Dann Bilardello for an out at home on Santana. Soto then got Keith Hernandez to ground out to second baseman Ron Oester and finish off the inning.

Berenyi retired the Reds 1-2-3 in the top of the fourth. Leading off the bottom half, Gary Carter homered to put the Mets ahead by a run. Darryl Strawberry hit a single and Foster flied out to center fielder Eric Davis. Strawberry stole second base and Howard Johnson was retired on a fly ball to Davis. Santana was given an intentional walk and Strawberry stole third. Soto then got Berenyi to fly out to left fielder Cesar Cedeno and end the inning.

After a scoreless fifth, Bilardello was hit by a pitch to open the top of the sixth. Soto drew a walk and Davis grounded back to Berenyi for a double play. Bruce retired Rose on a fly ball to center fielder Wilson that closed out the inning and Strawberry got a one-out single in the bottom half. Foster walked and Johnson flied out to Davis. Santana fouled out to Rose to finish off the inning and Berenyi hurled a perfect top of the seventh. With two outs in the bottom half, Wilson drew a walk and stole second base. Soto then retired Hernandez on a ground ball to Rose for the inning’s third out.

Dave Concepcion drew a walk against Sisk to begin the top of the eighth. Oester hit a double play grounder back to Sisk and a single by pinch-hitter Eddie Milner ensued. Pinch-hitter Duane Walker flied out to Wilson to end the inning and Cincinnati reliever Carl Willis gave up just a single to Foster in the bottom half. Rose got a one-out single for the Reds’ third hit in the top of the ninth. Dave Parker was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Strawberry. Sisk then got Cedeno to hit a force play grounder to third baseman Johnson for the final out of the game. The Mets had a shutout victory to start the weekend series.