August 19, 1983: Mets Come Back, Beat Giants in 10th

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Date: August 19, 1983
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 7
Giants: 6
Winning pitcher: Jesse Orosco
Key player(s): Brian Giles, George Foster, Ron Hodges, Jesse Orosco
Key play: Giles’ and Hodges’ doubles, Foster’s home run, Orosco’s strikeouts

The Mets faced the Giants on a Friday night in San Francisco. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. The Mets came from behind and emerged with a 7-6 win in 10 innings.

Giants’ starter Mark Davis pitched a scoreless top of the first. Darrell Evans singled against the Mets’ Tom Seaver with one out in the bottom half. Jack Clark drew a walk and a wild pitch advanced the runners to second and third base. Jeffrey Leonard hit a single to drive home Evans and Clark for a 2-0 San Francisco lead. Seaver retired Chili Davis on a fly ball to center fielder Mark Bradley, who then threw to first baseman Keith Hernandez for an out on Leonard and an inning-ending double play.

Darryl Strawberry hit a home run to lead off the top of the second. Junior Ortiz and Jose Oquendo were retired on infield ground balls and Seaver was struck out to end the inning. Tom set down the side in order in the bottom half and Mark Davis hurled a perfect top of the third. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Johnnie LeMaster walked and stole second base. Evans flied out to left fielder George Foster and a single by Clark scored Lemaster for a 3-1 Giants lead. Seaver then got Leonard on a grounder to third baseman Hubie Brooks for the inning’s third out.

Mark Davis retired the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the fourth. Seaver pitched a perfect bottom half and Oquendo got a one-out single in the top of the fifth. Seaver singled and a single by Bob Bailor loaded the bases. Brooks followed with a ground ball on which Mark Davis threw to catcher John Rabb for an out at home on Oquendo. Hernandez singled to bring home Seaver and Bailor, tying the game at 3-3. Mark Davis then got Foster to hit a force play grounder to shortstop Lemaster and finish off the inning.

To begin the bottom of the fifth, Duane Kuiper walked and moved to second base on Mark Davis’s sacrifice bunt. LeMaster singled to drive home Kuiper and advanced to second on a throw to the plate. Evans grounded out to second baseman Bailor and a single by Clark plated LeMaster for a 5-3 San Francisco lead. Seaver then struck out Leonard to end the inning.

Strawberry drew a one-out walk against Mark Davis in the top of the sixth. Ortiz hit a single and Oquendo went down on strikes. Pinch-hitter Dave Kingman walked to load the bases and Giants’ reliever Jim Barr got pinch-hitter Rusty Staub to hit a force play ground ball to LeMaster that closed out the inning. Chili Davis singled against Mets’ reliever Carlos Diaz to open the bottom half. Tom O'Malley followed with a single on which Chili Davis came all the way home with the sixth San Francisco run. Rabb hit a double play grounder to shortstop Oquendo. Diaz then retired pinch-hitter Joel Youngblood on a fly ball to Foster for the final out of the inning.

Despite singles by Foster and Bradley, Giants’ reliever Gary Lavelle hurled a scoreless top of the seventh. Diaz set down all three San Francisco batters in the bottom half and Oquendo singled with one out in the top of the eighth. Pinch-hitter Tucker Ashford fouled out to Rabb and a double by Brian Giles brought home Oquendo. Lavelle threw a called third strike past Brooks to end the inning and Chili Davis got a two-out single against New York’s Doug Sisk in the bottom half. Sisk then issued a walk to O’Malley and retired Rabb on a pop-up to catcher Ortiz for the inning’s third out.

Hernandez singled to begin the top of the ninth. Foster followed with a two-run homer to tie the game at 6-6. Bradley and Strawberry were retired on infield ground balls and Lavelle got Ortiz to hit a line drive to first baseman Evans that ended the inning. Pinch-hitter Max Venable doubled against Sisk to lead off the bottom half. Jesse Orosco came in to pitch for the Mets and struck out pinch-hitter Dave Bergman (whose at-bat was completed by Bob Brenly.) LeMaster was walked intentionally and Evans went down on strikes. Clark followed with a walk to load the bases. Orosco then fanned Leonard to close out the inning and send the game onward.

San Francisco reliever Greg Minton retired Oquendo on a fly ball to center fielder Chili Davis to open the top of the 10th. Ashford grounded out to LeMaster and an error by third baseman O’Malley allowed Giles to reach second base. Ron Hodges hit a double to drive home Giles and put the Mets ahead by a run. Hernandez was given an intentional walk. Minton then got Foster on a pop-up to Evans to end the inning.

Orosco struck out Chili Davis to start the bottom of the 10th. Jesse followed up by fanning O’Malley for his fifth strikeout of the game. Rabb then grounded back to Orosco for the game’s final out. The Mets had a comeback victory in extra innings.