August 20, 1987: Lyons and Myers Bury Giants

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Date: August 20, 1987
Mets starter: Terry Leach
Mets: 7
Giants: 4
Winning pitcher: David Cone
Key player(s): Barry Lyons, David Cone, Randy Myers
Key play: Lyons’ grand slam

The Mets faced the Giants on a Thursday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Barry Lyons hit a grand slam and Randy Myers pitched three perfect innings of relief in a 7-4 Mets win over San Francisco.

Robby Thompson singled against Mets’ starter Terry Leach with one out in the top of the first inning. Thompson stole second base and scored on an ensuing double by Mike Aldrete to give the Giants a 1-0 lead. Will Clark grounded out to first baseman Keith Hernandez to advance Aldrete to third base. Leach then retired Chili Davis on a ground ball to second baseman Wally Backman to end the inning.

Lenny Dykstra singled and moved to second base on an error by right fielder Davis to open the bottom of the first. Backman got a bunt single that sent Dykstra to third. Lenny scored the tying run on a single by Hernandez. Darryl Strawberry hit a grounder to second baseman Thompson for a double play. San Francisco starter Kelly Downs then got Kevin McReynolds on an inning-ending ground ball to shortstop Jose Uribe.

Bob Brenly led off the top of the second with a bunt single. Chris Speier flied out to left fielder McReynolds and a single by Uribe followed. Downs helped his own cause with a double to drive home Brenly and Uribe and put the Giants ahead, 3-1. Eddie Milner took a called third strike and Leach retired Thompson on a fly ball to center fielder Dykstra for the third out of the inning. Downs then shut down the Mets in the bottom half.

Aldrete drew a walk to open the top of the third. Clark tripled to score Aldrete with the fourth San Francisco run of the game. David Cone came in to pitch for the Mets and recorded outs on each of the next three batters to end the inning. Downs set down the Mets in order in the bottom half. Cone then pitched a perfect top of the fourth.

Downs struck out Strawberry to begin the bottom of the fourth inning. McReynolds hit a home run and Howard Johnson followed with a bunt single. Johnson moved to second base on a balk and Lyons grounded out to Uribe. A double by Rafael Santana plated Johnson to cut the Giants’ lead to 4-3. Downs then fanned Cone for the final out of the inning.

Following a scoreless fifth, Cone shut down San Francisco in the top of the sixth. Strawberry got an infield single to open the bottom of the inning. McReynolds singled to send Strawberry to third base and advanced to second on a throw. Johnson was walked intentionally to load the bases. Lyons connected for a grand slam that put the Mets ahead by three runs. Downs struck out Santana and a pinch-hit single by Mookie Wilson ensued. Giants’ reliever Craig Lefferts got Dykstra on a force play grounder back to the mound. Dykstra was then caught stealing on a throw by catcher Brenly to Uribe for the inning’s final out.

Mets’ reliever Randy Myers retired the side 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh inning. Lefferts pitched a perfect bottom half and Myers set down the Giants in order again in the top of the eighth. San Francisco’s Jeff Robinson threw called third strikes past McReynolds and Johnson to begin the bottom of the inning. Robinson then got Lyons on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Milner.

Myers struck out Speier to start the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Joel Youngblood grounded out to third baseman Johnson. Myers then completed hit third consecutive perfect inning with a strikeout of pinch-hitter Candy Maldonado to end the game. The Mets had a comeback victory to finish off the series.