April 8, 1984: Mets Complete Three-Game Sweep of Astros

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Date: April 8, 1984
Mets starter: Mike Torrez
Mets: 3
Astros: 1
Winning pitcher: Tim Leary
Key player(s): Mike Torrez, Hubie Brooks, George Foster
Key play: Brooks’ and Foster’s singles

The Mets faced the Astros on a Sunday night in Houston. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets finished off a series sweep with a 3-1 win.

Mike Torrez and the Astros’ Joe Niekro each started the game with two scoreless innings pitched. Niekro shut down the Mets again in the top of the third and Terry Puhl drew a two-out walk in the bottom half. Dickie Thon got hit by a pitch and was replaced on the bases by pinch-runner Craig Reynolds. Jose Cruz singled to load the bases and Jerry Mumphrey grounded out to first baseman Keith Hernandez to end the inning. Niekro gave up only a single to Darryl Strawberry in the top of the fourth. Torrez then surrendered just a walk to Phil Garner in the bottom half.

After a scoreless fifth, Niekro held the Mets to a walk by Wally Backman in the top of the sixth. Ray Knight doubled against Torrez with two outs in the bottom of the inning. Mets’ reliever Tim Leary retired Garner on an inning-ending fly ball to right fielder Strawberry, who doubled with one out in the top of the seventh. Mookie Wilson hit a single and advanced to third base on Hubie Brooks’ single that scored Strawberry. Niekro got pinch-hitter Rusty Staub on a grounder to first baseman Knight for a double play that closed out the inning. Leary then yielded just a single to pinch-hitter Tony Scott in the bottom half.

Leary singled against Astros’ reliever Vern Ruhle to lead off the top of the eighth. Backman drew a walk and Jose Oquendo’s sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third base. Hernandez was walked intentionally to load the bases. George Foster followed with a single to drive home Leary and Backman for a 3-0 Mets lead. Houston’s Dave Smith then fanned Strawberry and got Wilson on a pop-up to Knight for the inning’s third out.

Against Mets’ reliever Doug Sisk, Reynolds reached on an error by second baseman Backman to open the bottom of the eighth. Reynolds went to second base on Cruz’s ground out to Backman and came around to score on a single by Mumphrey. Knight went down on strikes and Garner hit a single. Sisk retired Alan Ashby on a fly ball to center fielder Wilson to end the inning and singled with two outs in the top of the ninth. Smith then struck out Backman to finish off the inning.

Pinch-hitter Harry Spilman grounded out to Backman to begin the bottom of the ninth. Bill Doran was retired on a ground ball to shortstop Oquendo. Sisk then got Puhl to ground out to Backman and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory and a sweep of the series.

Notes

  • Sisk’s single in the ninth inning was the fourth and final hit of his major league career.