August 23, 1983: Terrell Buries Padres

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Date: August 23, 1983
Mets starter: Walt Terrell
Mets: 8
Padres: 3
Winning pitcher: Walt Terrell
Key player(s): Walt Terrell
Key play: Mets' 2 runs in 1st, Terrell's homer in 8th

The Mets played the Padres on a Tuesday night in San Diego. Walt Terrell was a one-man show with a complete game win and three hits, including a home run. The Mets stifled the Padres, 8-3.

In the top of the first inning, Mookie Wilson and Hubie Brooks got singles off San Diego starter John Montefusco. With Keith Hernandez at the plate, Montefusco made an errant pickoff throw on which Wilson scored from third base and Brooks went to second. Hubie later came home on Darryl Strawberry's double for a 2-0 Mets lead.

Terrell shut down the Padres through the first seven innings. He allowed four singles, two of which were to Terry Kennedy followed by double play grounders off the bat of Tony Gwynn. At the plate, Walt got double in the fifth inning and a single in the seventh. However, the Mets did not increase their lead against Montefusco.

Facing San Diego reliever Gary Lucas, Brooks led off the top of the eighth by reaching second base on an error. Brooks went to third on a single by Hernandez and scored when George Foster also singled. Pinch-hitter Mark Bradley was walked intentionally and Dave Kingman came to bat with the bases loaded. Kingman singled to left field, scoring Hernandez and Foster for two more runs. Terrell followed with his third hit of the game - a three-run homer that expanded the Mets' lead to 8-0. Walt then shut down the Padres in the bottom of the inning.

In the ninth, San Diego got three runs against Terrell. Gwynn singled to score Garry Templeton and a two-out single by Luis Salazar brought home two Padre runners. Walt then got Juan Bonilla to ground out and end the game. The Mets had a victory on Terrell's standout pitching and hitting.