April 20, 1984: Mets Defeat Phils in 10 Innings

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Date: April 20, 1984
Mets starter: Tim Leary
Mets: 3
Phillies: 1
Winning pitcher: Doug Sisk
Key player(s): Tim Leary, George Foster, Jesse Orosco
Key play: Leary’s home run, Foster’s single in 10th

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Friday night in Philadelphia. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. The Mets scored twice in the 10th inning for a 3-1 win.

Phils’ starter Steve Carlton pitched a scoreless top of the first. Juan Samuel singled against the Mets’ Tim Leary to begin the bottom of the inning. Samuel advanced to third base on Len Matuszek’s single and came home on a sacrifice fly by Mike Schmidt. Joe Lefebvre hit a double play ground ball to shortstop Jose Oquendo to close out the inning and Darryl Strawberry hit a single to open the top of the second. Strawberry stole second base and Mookie Wilson grounded out to shortstop Ivan DeJesus. Darryl stole third and Hubie Brooks was retired on a line drive to second baseman Samuel. Carlton got Junior Ortiz to line out to first baseman Matuszek and end the inning. Leary then shut down the Phillies in the bottom half.

Leading off the top of the third, Leary homered to tie the game at 1-1. Ron Gardenhire was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Von Hayes. Oquendo grounded out to third baseman Schmidt and a single by Keith Hernandez ensued. On his own hit, Hernandez was out at second base via a throw by right fielder Lefebvre to DeJesus to finish off the inning. Leary then retired the side in order in the bottom half.

Leary and Carlton each pitched scoreless ball from the fourth inning to the seventh. Hernandez hit a double with two outs in the top of the eighth. George Foster was walked intentionally and Carlton retired Strawberry on a ground ball to Matuszek to end the inning. Schmidt hit a one-out double against Leary in the bottom half. Lefebvre was given an intentional walk. Mets’ reliever Doug Sisk then got pinch-hitter Greg Gross to hit a grounder to Oquendo for an inning-ending double play.

Carlton set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the ninth. Hayes hit a double to lead off the bottom half. Bo Diaz flied out to left fielder Foster and an intentional walk to pinch-hitter Tim Corcoran followed. With pinch-hitter John Wockenfuus at the plate, Hayes stole third base. Sisk then got Wockenfuss on a ground ball to Oquendo for a double play that closed out the inning and sent the game onward.

To begin the top of the 10th, Philadelphia reliever Al Holland retired pinch-hitter Mike Fitzgerald on a line drive to Samuel. Gardenhire grounded out to Samuel and a walk to Oquendo ensued. Hernandez hit a single and moved to third base on Foster’s single that drove home Oquendo for a 2-1 Mets lead. A balk brought home Hernandez with the third New York run. Holland then retired Strawberry on a fly ball to left fielder Gross for the inning’s final out.

Mets’ reliever Jesse Orosco struck out Samuel to open the bottom of the 10th. Pinch-hitter Garry Maddox also went down on strikes. Orosco then fanned Schmidt to end the game. The Mets had an extra-inning victory.