August 17, 1984: Backman's 10th Inning Homer

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Date: August 17, 1984
Mets starter: Dwight Gooden
Mets: 2
Giants: 0
Winning pitcher: Dwight Gooden
Key player(s): Wally Backman, Dwight Gooden
Key play: Backman's home run

The Mets and Giants began a four-game series on a Friday night in San Francisco. Dwight Gooden and San Francisco's Mike Krukow each pitched shutout ball for nine innings. The Mets then won the game, 2-0, on Wally Backman's home run in the tenth.

In each of the first two innings, the Mets had runners in scoring position. Backman reached third base with none out in the first and George Foster and Hubie Brooks led off the second with singles. In both cases, Krukow pitched his way out of danger and the Mets failed to score.

Gooden retired the first 10 Giant hitters to come to bat. In the fourth, Manny Trillo singled with one out and Chili Davis grounded into a double play. Gooden then pitched perfect fifth and sixth innings and raised his strikeout total for the game to 7.

The Mets had another scoring chance against Krukow in the top of the sixth. Danny Heep and Keith Hernandez singled and advanced to second and third base on a wild pitch. Krukow retired Darryl Strawberry and, following an intentional walk to Foster, got Brooks to hit into an inning-ending double play. The game remained scoreless.

The Giants had two runners on base against Gooden in the bottom of the ninth. With one out, Dan Gladden singled and moved to second on a balk. Dwight struck out Trillo and gave up a single to Davis on which Gladden went to third. Gooden then got Jeffrey Leonard for his 12th strikeout of the game to send it to extra innings.

Mookie Wilson, batting for Gooden, got a one-out single off Krukow in the top of the tenth. Backman followed with a two-run homer to give the Mets a lead. Jesse Orosco then pitched a scoreless bottom half to preserve the victory for Gooden and the Mets.

Notes

  • Backman's home run was his only one of the season.