August 14, 1983: Mets Complete Three-Game Sweep of Cubs

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Date: August 14, 1983
Mets starter: Ed Lynch
Mets: 5
Cubs: 2
Winning pitcher: Ed Lynch
Key player(s): Ed Lynch, Keith Hernandez, George Foster
Key play: Hernandez’s RBI single, Foster’s grand slam

The Mets faced the Cubs on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets completed a series sweep with a 5-2 win over Chicago.

Mets’ starter Ed Lynch pitched a perfect top of the first inning. To begin the bottom half, Bob Bailor singled and stole second base. Bailor moved to third on Hubie Brooks’ single and scored the game’s first run on a single by Keith Hernandez. Cubs’ starter Chuck Rainey got George Foster to hit a ground ball to shortstop Tom Veryzer for a double play. Rainey then retired Darryl Strawberry on a line drive to center fielder Mel Hall for the third out.

After a scoreless second, Lynch surrendered only a walk to Veryzer in the top of the third. Ed hit a leadoff single against Rainey in the bottom half. Bailor singled and Brooks hit a single to load the bases. Hernandez followed with a grounder on which first baseman Bill Buckner threw to catcher Jody Davis for an out at home on Lynch. Foster connected for a grand slam to increase the Mets’ lead to 5-0. Strawberry singled and Chicago reliever Mike Proly issued a walk to Danny Heep. Proly then got Ron Hodges on a ground ball to second baseman Ryne Sandberg for an inning-ending double play.

Lynch held the Cubs to a single by Keith Moreland in the top of the fourth. Proly hurled a perfect bottom half and Hall hit a home run to begin the top of the fifth. Davis doubled and Veryzer popped out to shortstop Jose Oquendo. Pinch-hitter Thad Bosley hit a single that brought home Davis with the second Chicago run of the game. Lynch got Sandberg to line out to left fielder Foster and retired Moreland on a grounder to third baseman Brooks to end the inning. Cubs’ reliever Warren Brusstar then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Lynch set down all six Chicago batters in the sixth and seventh innings. Brusstar responded with a pair of scoreless bottom halves and Ed retired the side in order once again in the top of the eighth. Hodges singled against Cubs’ reliever Bill Campbell to begin the bottom of the inning. Pinch-hitter Rusty Staub hit a ground ball to Sandberg for a double play. Pinch-hitter Dave Kingman then grounded back to Campbell for the inning’s final out.

Mets’ reliever Jesse Orosco retired Buckner on a fly ball to center fielder Heep to start the top of the ninth. Ron Cey lined out to Heep and a walk to Leon Durham ensued. Orosco then got pinch-hitter Jerry Morales to pop out to second baseman Brian Giles and end the game. The Mets had a sweep of the weekend series.