August 20, 1986: Mets Complete Sweep of Dodgers

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Date: August 20, 1986
Mets starter: Sid Fernandez
Mets: 7
Dodgers: 5
Winning pitcher: Sid Fernandez
Key player(s): Sid Fernandez, Keith Hernandez, Ed Hearn
Key play: Fernandez and Hernandez’s two-run singles

The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Wednesday night in Los Angeles. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets completed a sweep of the series with a 7-5 win.

Following a scoreless first inning, the Mets loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the second. Sid Fernandez delivered a single to bring home Ray Knight and Ed Hearn for two New York runs. Dodgers’ starter Dennis Powell retired Mookie Wilson on a fly ball to center fielder Jose Gonzalez for the third out. Fernandez pitched a scoreless bottom half and singles by Tim Teufel and Keith Hernandez opened the top of the third. Kevin Mitchell hit into a force play and Darryl Strawberry struck out. Knight and Hearn followed with back-to-back singles to score Teufel and Mitchell, respectively, for a 4-0 Mets lead. On Hearn’s hit, Knight was caught in a rundown and tagged out to end the inning. Fernandez then retired all three Los Angeles batters in the bottom half.

In the top of the fourth inning, the Mets loaded the bases with one out against Dodgers’ reliever Joe Beckwith. Hernandez singled to plate Fernandez and Wilson, increasing the team’s lead to six runs. Mitchell hit a ground ball to third baseman Bill Madlock on which Teufel was thrown out at home. Strawberry went down on strikes to end the inning. Fernandez set down the Dodgers 1-2-3 in the bottom half. Beckwith then hurled a perfect top of the fifth.

Reggie Williams led off the bottom of the fifth inning with a single to left field. Gonzalez popped-out to second baseman Teufel and a pinch-hit single by Jeff Hamilton followed. Steve Sax doubled to score Williams and a walk to Bill Russell loaded the bases. Madlock hit into a force play on which Hamilton scored from third. Mike Marshall hit a three-run homer to reduce the Mets’ lead to 6-5. Fernandez got Enos Cabell on a fly ball to center fielder Wilson for the third out of the inning. For Los Angeles, Alejandro Pena pitched a 1-2-3 top of the sixth. Sid then held the Dodgers to a single by Gonzalez in a scoreless bottom half.

Pena and Mets’ reliever Rick Anderson each pitched a scoreless seventh inning. The Mets failed to score against Pena again in the top of the eighth. Pinch-hitter Len Matuszek began the bottom half with a single to right field. Alex Trevino bunted into a force play and Jesse Orosco came in to pitch for the Mets. Mike Scioscia grounded out to first baseman Hernandez and Gonzalez drew a walk. Orosco then retired Greg Brock on an inning-ending fly ball to left fielder Mitchell.

Dodgers’ reliever Ed Vande Berg walked Hernandez to start the top of the ninth inning. Mitchell flied out to right fielder Marshall and an errant pickoff throw by Vande Berg advanced Hernandez to second base. Strawberry singled to score Hernandez for the Mets’ seventh run. Darryl was caught on a pickoff and thrown out at second. Vande Berg then retired Wally Backman on an inning-ending fly ball to Marshall.

Sax flied out to right fielder Strawberry to open the bottom of the ninth inning. Russell flied out to left fielder Wilson (who had shifted from center) and Madlock drew a walk. Orosco then got Marshall on a fly ball to Strawberry that ended the game. The Mets had their 80th victory of the season to finish off a series sweep.