August 30, 1987: Five Runs in 1st Slay Giants

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Date: August 30, 1987
Mets starter: Rick Aguilera
Mets: 5
Giants: 3
Winning pitcher: Rick Aguilera
Key player(s): Gary Carter, Rick Aguilera
Key play: Carter’s grand slam

The Mets faced the Giants on a Sunday afternoon in San Francisco. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets scored five runs in the first inning for a 5-3 win.

Lenny Dykstra hit a triple against Giants’ starter Rick Reuschel to lead off the top of the first. Dave Magadan singled to drive home Dykstra and advanced to third base on a single by Keith Hernandez. A walk to Darryl Strawberry loaded the bases and Kevin McReynolds fouled out to catcher Bob Brenly. Gary Carter slugged a grand slam to increase the Mets’ lead to 5-0. Howard Johnson hit a single and Reuschel was replaced on the mound by San Francisco reliever Mike Krukow. With Wally Backman at bat, Johnson was caught stealing on Brenly’s throw to shortstop Jose Uribe. Krukow retired Backman on a ground ball to second baseman Robby Thompson for the third out. Mets’ starter Rick Aguilera then pitched a scoreless bottom of the inning.

Krukow held the Mets to a single by Dykstra in the top of the second. Will Clark doubled with one out in the bottom half. Brenly popped out to first baseman Hernandez and a single by Uribe scored Clark. Krukow hit a single to send Uribe to third base. Thompson then hit a force play grounder to third baseman Magadan for the inning’s final out.

Aguilera and Krukow each pitched one-hit scoreless ball from the third inning to the sixth. To begin the top of the seventh, Backman singled and went to second base on Aguilera’s sacrifice bunt. Dykstra popped out to Uribe and a walk to Magadan ensued. Craig Lefferts came in to pitch for the Giants and got Hernandez to hit into an inning-ending force play. Brenly got hit by a pitch with one out in the bottom half. Uribe fouled out to catcher Carter and a double by Eddie Milner advanced Brenly to third. Aguilera then retired pinch-hitter Harry Spilman on a fly ball to center fielder Dykstra that closed out the inning.

Lefferts set down the side in order in the top of the eighth. Aguilera hurled a perfect bottom half and Giants’ reliever Joe Price gave up just a single to Johnson in the top of the ninth. Aguilera struck out pinch-hitter Joel Youngblood to begin the bottom of the inning. Clark and Brenly followed with back-to-back homers for the second and third San Francisco runs. Uribe flied out to Dykstra and a walk to Milner followed. Mets’ reliever Roger McDowell then got Chris Speier to ground out to third baseman Johnson and end the game. The Mets had a series-closing victory.