April 27, 1983: Torrez Puts Away Reds

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Date: April 27, 1983
Mets starter: Mike Torrez
Mets: 2
Reds: 1
Winning pitcher: Mike Torrez
Key player(s): Mike Torrez, Danny Heep
Key play: Torrez’s single, Heep’s sacrifice fly

The Mets faced the Reds on a Wednesday afternoon in Cincinnati. The teams played the latter half of a two-game series. Mike Torrez hurled eight solid innings and hit a run-scoring single in a 2-1 Mets win.

Torrez and the Reds’ starter Joe Price each started the game with four scoreless innings pitched. Brian Giles hit a double with one out in the top of the fifth. Ronn Reynolds went down on strikes and Torrez singled to score Giles for a 1-0 Mets lead. Mookie Wilson doubled and Price retired Ron Gardenhire on a ground ball to shortstop Dave Concepcion for the inning’s third out. Torrez then gave up only a single to Duane Walker in the bottom half.

Price set down all three Mets batters in the top of the sixth. Concepcion drew a walk to lead off the bottom of the inning. Eddie Milner’s sacrifice bunt advanced Concepcion to second base. Cesar Cedeno followed with a single to drive home Concepcion and tie the game at 1-1. Johnny Bench popped out to shortstop Gardenhire and a walk to Dan Driessen ensued. Torrez then got Ron Oester to fly out to center fielder Wilson and finish off the inning.

Price struck out the side in order in the top of the seventh. Torrez pitched a perfect bottom half and Price retired the Mets 1-2-3 once again in the top of the eighth. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Milner drew a walk and stole second base. Cedeno was retired on a fly ball to left fielder George Foster. Torrez then got Bench to ground out to third baseman Hubie Brooks and end the inning.

Foster drew a one-out walk against Price in the top of the ninth. Brooks hit a single to send Foster to third base. With pinch-hitter Danny Heep at bat against Cincinnati reliever Tom Hume, Brooks stole second. Heep followed with a sacrifice fly that brought home Foster and put the Mets ahead by a run. Hume then retired Giles on a fly ball to right fielder Cedeno to close out the inning.

Mets’ reliever Jesse Orosco struck out Driessen to begin the bottom of the ninth. Oester singled and pinch-hitter Alan Knicely went down on strikes. Orosco then got Dann Bilardello to fly out to Wilson and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory as Torrez chalked up his first win as a member of the team.