April 29, 1984: Mets Win on "Strawberry Sunday"

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Date: April 29, 1984
Mets starter: Walt Terrell
Mets: 6
Phillies: 2
Winning pitcher: Walt Terrell
Key player(s): Darryl Strawberry, Mookie Wilson, Rusty Staub, Jesse Orosco
Key play: Koosman’s balk, Wilson’s and Staub’s singles

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. With a promotion known as “Strawberry Sunday” going on at the ballpark, each of the 28,562 fans on hand was given a free strawberry sundae (the real kind) as Darryl Strawberry received his National League Rookie of the Year award. To enhance the celebration, the Mets came away with a 6-2 win over Philadelphia.

Juan Samuel singled against Mets’ starter Walt Terrell to lead off the top of the first inning. Len Matuszek doubled to drive home Samuel and was caught stealing on catcher Mike Fitzgerald’s throw to third baseman Hubie Brooks. Mike Schmidt drew a walk and Joe Lefebvre grounded to first baseman Keith Hernandez for an inning-ending double play. Ron Gardenhire hit a single against the Phils’ Jerry Koosman to open the bottom half. Jose Oquendo was retired on a fly ball to left fielder Glenn Wilson. Gardenhire advanced to second base on Hernandez’s ground out and came home on a single by George Foster to tie the game at 1-1. Strawberry singled and Koosman got Mookie Wilson on a line drive to first baseman Matuszek for the third out.

After a scoreless second, Terrell shut down the Phillies in the top of the third. Jose Oquendo reached on an error by Matuszek with one out in the bottom half. Oquendo moved to second base on Hernandez’s ground out to Koosman and stole third. With Foster at bat, Koosman committed a balk that brought home Oquendo and put the Mets ahead by a run. Foster went down on strikes to end the inning and Terrell yielded just a single to Von Hayes in the top of the fourth. To begin the bottom half, Strawberry doubled and scored on a single by Mookie Wilson for a 3-1 New York lead. Mookie stole second and went to third on Matuszek’s second error. Trying to score on the play, Mookie was out via a relay throw by third baseman Schmidt to catcher Ozzie Virgil. Koosman then retired Brooks and Fitzgerald on consecutive outfield fly balls to finish off the inning.

With two outs in the top of the fifth, Samuel singled and stole second base. Matuszek got a single to score Samuel and reduce the Mets’ lead to 3-2. Schmidt singled and Terrell retired Lefebvre on an inning-ending ground ball to second baseman Gardenhire. Koosman hurled a scoreless bottom half and Terrell gave up just a single to Virgil in the top of the sixth. Strawberry drew a walk to open the bottom half. Mookie Wilson was struck out and Brooks hit a force play grounder to Schmidt. Fitzgerald singled to send Brooks to third and Koosman was replaced on the mound by Philadelphia reliever Kevin Gross. Pinch-hitter Rusty Staub greeted Gross with a single that brought home Brooks with the Mets’ fourth run of the game. Gross then got Gardenhire on a force play ground ball to shortstop Ivan deJesus for the inning’s third out.

Mets’ reliever Doug Sisk pitched a scoreless top of the seventh. With one out in the bottom half, Hernandez homered against the Phils’ Bill Campbell to extend the Mets’ lead to 5-2. Campbell fanned Foster and retired Strawberry on a fly ball to right fielder Lefebvre to end the inning. New York’s Jesse Orosco surrendered just a walk to Glenn Wilson in the top of the eighth and Brooks reached on deJesus’s error with one out in the bottom half. Hubie stole second base and Fitzgerald went down on strikes. Orosco singled to bring home Brooks with the Mets’ sixth run. Campbell then retired Gardenhire on a grounder to Schmidt to close out the inning.

Orosco struck out deJesus to start the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Luis Aguayo also went down on strikes. Jesse then fanned Samuel to bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory to send the ice cream loving fans home with an extra reason to be happy.