April 17, 1985: Thirteen Hits Lead Mets Past Bucs

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Date: April 17, 1985
Mets starter: Bruce Berenyi
Mets: 10
Pirates: 6
Winning pitcher: Doug Sisk
Key player(s): Bruce Berenyi, Darryl Strawberry, Rafael Santana
Key play: Berenyi’s double, Strawberry’s and Santana’s home runs

The Mets faced the Pirates on a Wednesday night in Pittsburgh. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets collected thirteen hits in a 10-6 win over the Bucs.

Leading off the top of the first inning, Mookie Wilson reached third base on an error by right fielder George Hendrick. Kelvin Chapman singled to bring home Wilson with the game’s first run and Keith Hernandez fouled out to third baseman Bill Madlock. Gary Carter drew a walk and Pirates’ starter Larry McWilliams got Darryl Strawberry to hit a ground ball to second baseman Johnny Ray for an inning-ending double play. The Mets’ Bruce Berenyi then allowed only a walk to Madlock in the bottom half.

After a scoreless second, Wilson singled with one out in the top of the third. Chapman was retired on a fly ball to left fielder Sixto Lezcano. With Hernandez at the plate, Wilson stole second base. Mookie came around to score on Hernandez’s single for a 2-0 Mets lead. McWilliams got Carter on a force play grounder to Madlock that closed out the inning. Berenyi then yielded just a single to Ray in the bottom half.

Strawberry doubled against McWilliams to begin the top of the fourth. George Foster went down on strikes and Ron Gardenhire flied out to Lezcano. Rafael Santana was given an intentional walk and advanced to third base on Berenyi’s double that brought home Strawberry. Wilson was walked intentionally to load the bases and Chapman singled to score Santana. Hernandez was hit by a pitch to force home Berenyi and increase the Mets’ lead to 5-0. Pittsburgh reliever Cecilio Guante then retired Carter on a ground ball to Madlock for the inning’s third out.

Jason Thompson reached on second baseman Chapman’s error to open the bottom of the fourth. Tony Pena hit a force play grounder to shortstop Santana and a single by Marvelle Wynne ensued. With Lezcano at bat, Pena moved to third base on a wild pitch and Wynne stole second. A passed ball by catcher Carter allowed Pena to come home with the Bucs’ first run of the game. Berenyi then got Lezcano to ground out to Santana and retired pinch-hitter Lee Mazzilli on a grounder back to the mound to finish off the inning.

Strawberry hit a home run to lead off the top of the fifth. Foster popped out to shortstop Bill Almon and a single by pinch-hitter Howard Johnson followed. Santana connected for a two-run homer to extend the Mets’ lead to 8-1. Berenyi was struck out and Wilson singled. Guante then retired Chapman on a pop-up to Almon to end the inning.

Pinch-hitter Tim Foli drew a walk against Berenyi to open the bottom of the fifth. Pinch-runner Mike Bielecki advanced to third base on Ray’s and Madlock’s infield ground outs and a walk to Hendrick ensued. With Thompson at the plate, Hendrick moved to second on a wild pitch. Thompson followed with a single to drive home Bielecki and Hendrick. Pena walked and Wynne singled to load the bases. Lezcano drew a walk to force home Thompson and reduce the Mets’ lead to 8-4. New York reliever Doug Sisk then got Almon on a force play ground ball to third baseman Johnson for the inning’s final out.

Strawberry drew a two-out walk against Pirates’ reliever Rod Scurry in the top of the sixth. Darryl stole second base and scored on a double by Foster. Scurry struck out Johnson to end the inning and pinch-hitter Joe Orsulak tripled to begin the bottom half. Ray hit a double to bring home Orsulak and went to third on Madlock’s ground out to Chapman. Hendrick grounded out to Johnson to score Ray and cut the Mets’ lead to 9-6. Thompson drew a walk and Sisk retired Pena on a ground ball to Johnson to close out the inning.

Santana doubled against Pittsburgh reliever Kent Tekulve to lead off the top of the seventh. Sisk and Wilson were struck out and pinch-hitter Rusty Staub got a double (the Mets’ thirteenth hit) to score Santana with the tenth New York run. Hernandez was given an intentional walk and Tekulve retired Carter on an inning-ending grounder to Ray. Sisk hurled a scoreless bottom half and the Bucs’ Don Robinson set down the side in order in the top of the eighth. The Pirates were then retired 1-2-3 by Sisk in the bottom of the inning.

Robinson pitched a perfect top of the ninth. Pena singled against Mets’ reliever Jesse Orosco to open the bottom half. Wynne went down on strikes and Lezcano did the same. Orosco then fanned Almon to bring the game to an end. The Mets had a series-closing victory.