August 27, 1983: Strawberry Homers Twice in Win Over Giants
|Date: August 27, 1983|
|Mets starter: Mike Torrez|
|Winning pitcher: Mike Torrez|
|Key player(s): Darryl Strawberry|
|Key play: Strawberry's two home runs|
The Mets and Giants faced each other on a Saturday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the second of three games over the weekend. Darryl Strawberry connected for two home runs to lead the Mets to a 6-3 win.
For San Francisco, Johnny LeMaster began the top of the first inning with a single off Mets' starter Mike Torrez. LeMaster moved to second base on Max Venable's sacrifice bunt and scored on an ensuing single by Jack Clark. Darrell Evans drew a walk and Jeffrey Leonard singled to bring home Clark. Joel Youngblood popped out to second baseman Brian Giles. Torrez then got Tom O'Malley to hit into a force play for the final out of the inning.
Mookie Wilson hit a double off Giants' starter Atlee Hammaker to begin the bottom of the first. Wilson advanced to second on Hammaker's wild pitch and scored when shortstop LeMaster made an error on a ball hit by Bob Bailor. Hammaker threw another wild pitch that moved Bailor to second and Bob then stole third. A single by Keith Hernandez brought home Bailor to tie the game at 2-2. George Foster was hit by a pitch and Strawberry hit into a force play. Giles then hit a grounder to second baseman Youngblood for an inning-ending double play.
Torrez and Hammaker each pitched scoreless ball in the second and third innings. In the top of the fourth, Torrez held San Francisco to only a two-out single by O'Malley. Foster led off the bottom of the inning with a single to left field. Strawberry followed with a home run to put the Mets ahead, 4-2. Hammaker completed the rest of the inning with no further scoring. Neither team scored in the fifth and the Giants had runners on first and second with two outs in the top of the sixth. Jesse Orosco came in to relieve Torrez and retired Bob Brenly on a line drive to left fielder Foster. Hammaker then shut down the Mets in the bottom half.
Orosco held San Francisco scoreless in the top of the seventh despite a single and an error. Against Giants' reliever Greg Minton, Jose Oquendo singled to open the bottom of the inning. Oquendo advanced to second on Orosco's sacrifice bunt and then to third on Wilson's ground out to Youngblood. Bailor again reached on an error by LeMaster, allowing Oquendo to score. Bailor stole second base and Hernandez walked. After a passed ball by catcher Brenly, Minton struck out Foster to end the inning.
Leonard homered to lead off the top of the eighth and cut the Mets' lead to 5-3. Orosco set down the next three San Francisco batters. Strawberry began the bottom of the inning with his second home run of the game. Minton retired the next two hitters and Oquendo singled to center field. Orosco followed with a single that moved Oquendo to second. Wilson then hit a grounder to second baseman Brad Wellman for a force play to end the inning.
Orosco threw a called third strike past pinch-hitter Duane Kuiper to start the top of the ninth. LeMaster hit a grounder to Giles for the second out of the inning. Jesse then retired Venable on a pop-up to shortstop Oquendo to end the game. The Mets had a victory with rookie Strawberry's pair of homers proving to be the difference.