August 26, 1984: Keith and Kelvin Slay Giants

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Date: August 26, 1984
Mets starter: Sid Fernandez
Mets: 11
Giants: 6
Winning pitcher: Brent Gaff
Key player(s): Keith Hernandez, Kelvin Chapman
Key play: Hernandez’s home run, Chapman’s grand slam

The Mets and Giants faced each other on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. After winning only three of their previous eleven games against San Francisco during the year, the Mets aimed to end the season series on a more positive note. Keith Hernandez and Kelvin Chapman drove in four runs apiece to lead the Mets to an 11-6 win.

Sid Fernandez retired the Giants in order in the top of the first inning. In the bottom half, Wally Backman led off with a single and stole second base. After Mookie Wilson flied out, Backman stole third and came home on a double by Hernandez. San Francisco starter Mike Krukow then retired the next two batters to end the inning.

In the top of the second, Jeffrey Leonard led off with a home run. Bob Brenly followed with a single and stole second base. Fernandez set down the next two batters and gave up a single to Johnnie LeMaster that scored Brenly. Krukow then flied out to right fielder Darryl Strawberry and pitched a perfect bottom half.

Fernandez walked Dan Gladden to begin the top of the third inning. With one out, Chili Davis singled to advance Gladden to third base. Leonard hit a single to plate Gladden and move Davis to third. Brenly followed with a sacrifice fly for a 4-1 Giants lead. Fernandez fanned Joel Youngblood for the final out of the inning. The Mets then loaded the bases, but did not score against Krukow in the bottom half.

Mets’ reliever Ed Lynch yielded singles to John Rabb and LeMaster to start the top of the fourth inning. Krukow reached on an error by third baseman Hubie Brooks to load the bases. Gladden flied out to center fielder Wilson and a force play grounder by Manny Trillo scored Rabb. Lynch then retired Davis on a fly ball to left fielder Danny Heep for the third out.

Heep hit a single to lead off the bottom of the fourth inning. Chapman flied out to center fielder Gladden and a double by Mike Fitzgerald sent Heep to third base. Pinch-hitter Rusty Staub grounded out as Heep came home. Backman drew a walk and Wilson doubled to score Fitzgerald for the Mets’ third run. Hernandez followed with a three-run homer to put the Mets ahead, 6-5. Krukow was then replaced by Bob Lacey, who got Strawberry on a grounder to second baseman Trillo to end the inning.

For the Mets, Brent Gaff pitched a perfect top of the fifth inning. Brooks walked and Heep singled to begin the bottom half. Chapman flied out to Gladden and an error by third baseman Youngblood of Fitzgerald’s grounder brought home Brooks. Gaff and Backman hit force play grounders to close out the inning. Brent then set down the Giants 1-2-3 again in the top of the sixth.

Giants’ reliever Mark Davis issued a one-out walk to Hernandez in the bottom of the sixth inning. Strawberry hit into a force play and stole second base. Brooks was walked intentionally and Heep drew a walk to load the bases. Chapman followed with a grand slam home run. Davis then got Fitzgerald on an inning-ending fly out to Gladden.

In the top of the seventh, Gaff pitched his third consecutive scoreless inning. Mark Davis retired the Mets in order in the bottom half. The Giants loaded the bases with none out in the top of the eighth. Gaff struck out LeMaster and retired pinch-hitter Robby Thompson on a fly ball to Heep. Brenly scored on Thompson’s fly for the sixth San Francisco run. Brent got Gladden for a force play grounder to end the inning. San Francisco’s Gary Lavelle then shut down the Mets in the bottom half.

Gaff struck out Trillo to start the top of the ninth inning. He got Chili Davis to ground out to shortstop Backman. Brent gave up a single to Leonard and retired Randy Gomez on a force play grounder to end the game. The Mets had a victory to end the series.

Notes

  • Chapman’s grand slam was the only one for the Mets during the ’84 season.