August 3, 1983: Mookie's Mad Dash - The Sequel
|Date: August 3, 1983|
|Mets starter: Tom Seaver|
|Winning pitcher: Jesse Orosco|
|Key player(s): Mookie Wilson, Darryl Strawberry|
|Key play: Wilson's run in 9th|
The Mets played the Expos at Shea Stadium on a Wednesday night. The game was a pitchers' duel between Tom Seaver and Montreal's Ray Burris. The Mets won it in the ninth inning when Mookie Wilson scored from second base on a ground out for the second time in three games. The final score was 2-1.
Seaver and Burris started off with five scoreless innings apiece. The pitchers allowed a combined total of seven singles and did not permit a runner past second base. In the sixth, Andre Dawson hit a sacrifice fly off Seaver to score Tim Raines for a 1-0 Expos lead.
Junior Ortiz led off the bottom of the sixth with a single for the Mets. He advanced to second base on Seaver's sacrifice bunt and later moved to third on Burris's wild pitch. Ortiz was left on base when Burris struck out Hubie Brooks to end the inning.
In the seventh, Burris retired the first two Mets hitters. Darryl Strawberry then slugged a home run to tie the game, 1-1. Neither team scored in the eighth and Jesse Orosco set down the Expos in the ninth.
Wilson singled off Montreal reliever Jeff Reardon to begin the bottom of the ninth. Brooks' sacrifice bunt advanced Wilson to second and Keith Hernandez was walked intentionally. George Foster hit a ground ball on which Hernandez was forced at second. Wilson approached third base, but didn't stop there. Like he did successfully three days earlier, Mookie came around third and tried to score on the play. He slid into home ahead of the throw to win the game for the Mets. Wilson had done it again with his fearless baserunning.