August 22, 1985: Leach and Strawberry Slay Giants

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Date: August 22, 1985
Mets starter: Terry Leach
Mets: 7
Giants: 0
Winning pitcher: Terry Leach
Key player(s): Terry Leach, Darryl Strawberry, Wally Backman, Keith Hernandez
Key play: Hernandez’s single, Strawberry’s home run and single

The Mets faced the Giants on a Thursday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Terry Leach pitched a shutout and Darryl Strawberry drove in four runs in a 7-0 Mets win over San Francisco.

Leach and the Giants’ Vida Blue each started the game by hurling three innings of one-hit scoreless ball. Terry set down the side in order in the top of the fourth and Wally Backman doubled to lead off the bottom half. Tom Paciorek hit a single and Keith Hernandez singled to score Backman for a 1-0 Mets lead. Gary Carter hit a force play ground ball to first baseman Dan Driessen. Strawberry went down on strikes and George Foster drew a walk to load the bases. Blue then struck out Ray Knight to finish off the inning.

Leach pitched a perfect top of the fifth. Rafael Santana got a leadoff double in the bottom half. Leach went down on strikes and Backman singled to drive home Santana. Paciorek was struck out and Hernandez fouled out to right fielder Joel Youngblood to end the inning. Leach yielded only a bunt single to Blue in the top of the sixth and Carter doubled to open the bottom half. Strawberry followed with a two-run homer to increase the Mets’ lead to 4-0. Blue then fanned the next three New York batters to close out the inning.

Leach held the Giants to a single by Chili Davis in the top of the seventh. To begin the bottom half, Backman walked and Paciorek singled against Blue. San Francisco reliever Mike Jeffcoat retired Hernandez on a grounder to Driessen. Carter was walked intentionally to load the bases and Strawberry singled to bring home Backman and pinch-runner Lenny Dykstra for a 6-0 Mets lead. Foster hit a double to plate Carter with the seventh New York run of the game. Giants’ reliever Frank Williams then got Knight to foul out to Driessen and end the inning.

Leach retired the side in order in the top of the eighth. San Francisco’s Greg Minton hurled a scoreless bottom half and Dan Gladden popped out to second baseman Backman to lead off the top of the ninth. Manny Trillo was retired on a ground ball to third baseman Knight. Leach then got Davis to fly out to center fielder Dykstra and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a shutout victory on Terry’s three-hitter.