April 22, 1985: Schiraldi's First Win
|Date: April 22, 1985|
|Mets starter: Calvin Schiraldi|
|Winning pitcher: Calvin Schiraldi|
|Key player(s): Darryl Strawberry, Mookie Wilson, George Foster, Keith Hernandez|
|Key play: Mets’ home runs, Wilson’s triple, Hernandez’s double|
The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Monday night in St. Louis. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. Calvin Schiraldi recorded his first major league win in a 7-6 Mets victory.
Kelvin Chapman got a one-out single against Cards’ starter John Tudor in the top of the first inning. Keith Hernandez was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Vince Coleman. Gary Carter reached on Coleman’s error that allowed Chapman to come home and Darryl Strawberry homered for a 3-0 Mets lead. Tudor struck out George Foster to end the inning and Schiraldi pitched a scoreless bottom half.
Ray Knight was hit by a pitch to begin the top of the second. Rafael Santana singled and Schiraldi went down on strikes. Mookie Wilson followed with a triple to drive home Knight and Santana, increasing the Mets’ lead to 5-0. Chapman was struck out and Tudor retired Hernandez on an inning-ending ground ball to first baseman Jack Clark. Schiraldi then set down the side in order in the bottom half.
With two outs in the top of the third, Foster slugged a homer for the Mets’ sixth run of the game. Knight singled and Tudor got Santana to hit a force play grounder to shortstop Ozzie Smith that closed out the inning. Ozzie Smith hit a leadoff single in the bottom half. Pinch-hitter Mike Jorgensen singled and Coleman followed with a force play grounder to shortstop Santana. Lonnie Smith hit a triple that brought home both Ozzie Smith and Coleman. Tommy Herr singled to score Lonnie Smith and reduce the New York lead to 6-3. Schiraldi then got Clark and Andy Van Slyke on consecutive infield ground balls for the inning’s final outs.
Wilson doubled against St. Louis reliever Ken Dayley with one out in the top of the fourth. Chapman popped out to Clark and a double by Hernandez drove home Wilson for a 7-3 Mets lead. Carter was given an intentional walk and Strawberry flied out to left fielder Lonnie Smith to end the inning. Schiraldi retired all three batters in the bottom half and Dayley hurled a perfect top of the fifth. Calvin then shut down the Cardinals once again in the bottom half.
Redbirds’ reliever Ricky Horton retired the side 1-2-3 in the top of the sixth. Schiraldi yielded only a double to Clark in the bottom of the inning and Horton pitched a scoreless top of the seventh. Ozzie Smith drew a walk to open the bottom half. Pinch-hitter Willie McGee singled and Schiraldi was replaced in the mound by Mets’ reliever Roger McDowell. Coleman greeted McDowell with a single to score Ozzie Smith. On the play, center fielder Wilson made an error that allowed McGee to come home and cut the Mets’ lead to 7-5. McDowell fanned Lonnie Smith and caught Coleman with a pickoff throw to Santana for an out at second base. Roger then retired Herr on a fly ball to left fielder Foster to finish off the inning.
Cards’ reliever Jeff Lahti hurled a perfect top of the eighth. Clark doubled against McDowell to lead off the bottom half. Mets’ reliever Jesse Orosco struck out Van Slyke and retired Terry Pendleton on a ground ball to second baseman Chapman. Orosco got pinch-hitter Tom Nieto to ground out to third baseman Howard Johnson and end the inning. Lahti then surrendered just a walk to pinch-hitter Wally Backman in the top of the ninth.
Ozzie Smith drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the ninth inning. McGee followed with a single and Ozzie Smith stole third base. Coleman hit a force play grounder to second baseman Backman that plated Ozzie Smith with the Cardinals’ sixth run. Pinch-hitter Brian Harper singled and Herr was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Strawberry. Orosco then got Clark to fly out to Wilson and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a series-opening victory as Schiraldi chalked up his first win as a major leaguer.