August 16, 1987: The 23-run Barrage
|Date: August 16, 1987|
|Mets starter: Ron Darling|
|Winning pitcher: Ron Darling|
|Key player(s): Kevin McReynolds, Darryl Strawberry, Len Dykstra|
|Key play: Strawberry’s, Dykstra’s & Johnson’s home runs|
The Mets and Cubs played the final game of a series at Wrigley Field on a Sunday afternoon. It was a high-volume day for the Mets, scoring at least three runs in an inning six times against Chicago pitching. The offensive assault resulted in a team record for runs in a game. The final score was 23-10.
Kevin McReynolds’ sacrifice fly and Gary Carter’s two-run single got the New York scoring started in the first inning. McReynolds also doubled to score Darryl Strawberry in the third and Strawberry hit a three-run homer in the fourth for a 7-0 Met lead. Cubs’ starter Greg Maddux was then removed from the game.
In the bottom of the fourth, Chicago put together a rally against Ron Darling. They had the bases loaded with two out when Jody Davis came to bat. Davis hit a grand slam home run, reducing the Mets’ lead to three runs. Rafael Palmeiro followed with a pinch-hit homer to make the score 7-5.
The Cubs brought in lefthander Drew Hall to start the fifth inning. The Mets continued their onslaught with ten runs off Hall over the next two innings. Len Dykstra’s and Keith Hernandez’s singles drove in three runs in the fifth. Howard Johnson and Tim Teufel combined for three more RBIs with sixth inning singles. The Mets also scored on Darling’s run-scoring ground out, Strawberry’s two-run triple and a wild pitch by Cubs’ reliever Jay Baller that brought Darryl home. The Mets led, 17-5.
Mookie Wilson’s single off Baller in the seventh brought home Johnson from second base. Dykstra came up next and homered to put the Mets’ run total at 20, tying the team record set in a game in Atlanta in 1971.
The Cubs scored four runs off reliever Jesse Orosco in the bottom of the seventh. The Mets then resumed their outburst in the eighth against Chicago’s Frank DiPino. Barry Lyons singled home Strawberry and Johnson followed with a two-run homer, giving the Mets their fifth straight inning of three or more runs.
Jeff Innis pitched the last two innings for the Mets. Jeff allowed one run and three hits while striking out four batters in finishing off the most productive scoring game in Mets’ history.