April 4, 1984: Darling and Sisk Shut Out Reds
|Date: April 4, 1984|
|Mets starter: Ron Darling|
|Winning pitcher: Ron Darling|
|Key player(s): Ron Darling, Doug Sisk, Junior Ortiz, Keith Hernandez|
|Key play: Ortiz’s single in 2nd, Hernandez’s double in 3rd|
The Mets faced the Reds on a Wednesday night in Cincinnati. The teams played the latter half of a season-opening two-game series. Ron Darling and Doug Sisk teamed up to pitch a shutout as the Mets came away with a 2-0 win.
Following a scoreless first inning, Hubie Brooks singled off Reds’ starter Bruce Berenyi with one out in the top of the second. Danny Heep grounded out to Berenyi to advance Brooks to second base. A single by Junior Ortiz scored Brooks for a 1-0 Mets lead. Berenyi struck out Darling to end the inning and Ron pitched a scoreless bottom half. Wally Backman doubled to open the top of the third. Ron Gardenhire reached on an error by first baseman Dan Driessen. Keith Hernandez hit a double to drive home Backman with the Mets’ second run. George Foster went down on strikes for the first out of the inning. Berenyi issued an intentional walk to Darryl Strawberry to load the bases. Brooks hit a ground ball to second baseman Ron Oester for an inning-ending double play. Darling then shut down Cincinnati in the bottom half.
Berenyi and Darling each hurled scoreless ball from the fourth inning to the sixth. Ortiz drew a walk to lead off the top of the seventh. Against Reds’ reliever Bill Scherrer, pinch-hitter Ron Hodges advanced Ortiz to second base with a sacrifice bunt. Backman flied out to right fielder Dave Parker and a force play grounder by Gardenhire ended the inning. Sisk pitched a perfect bottom half and Reds’ reliever Ted Power shut down the Mets in the top of the eighth. Dave Concepcion singled with one out in the bottom of the inning. Parker hit into a force play and moved to second base on an error by shortstop Jose Oquendo. Sisk then retired Driessen on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Strawberry.
Power set down the Mets in order in the top of the ninth. Sisk struck out Nick Esasky to begin the bottom half. Brad Gulden hit a fly ball to Strawberry for the second out of the inning. Sisk then got Paul Householder on a pop-up to Hernandez to end the game. The Mets had their first win of the season on a combined shutout.