August 5, 1985: Straw Buries Cubs with 3 Homers

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Date: August 5, 1985
Mets starter: Ed Lynch
Mets: 7
Cubs: 2
Winning pitcher: Ed Lynch
Key player(s): Darryl Strawberry, Danny Heep
Key play: Strawberry's three homers, Heep's two-run double

The Mets and Cubs played the finale of a four-game series at Wrigley Field on a Monday afternoon. Darryl Strawberry led the Mets' offensive charge with three home runs. The overlapping weekend concluded with a 7-2 victory for New York.

Darryl and the Mets got rolling in the first inning. Keith Hernandez and Gary Carter both drew two-out walks from Chicago starter Derek Botelho. Strawberry followed with a three-run homer to give the Mets the lead. Darryl homered off Botelho again in the fourth, increasing the advantage to 4-0.

Wally Backman started the top of the fifth inning with a double. Two outs followed and Strawberry was given an intentional walk. Danny Heep brought Backman and Strawberry home with a double to make it a 6-0 lead for the Mets. Botelho was then removed from the game.

On the mound for the Mets, Ed Lynch was nearly flawless. He faced the minimum 12 batters through the first four innings. Lynch also retired the first two hitters in the fifth before Jody Davis homered for the Cubs' first run of the game.

Lefthander Ron Meridith came on to pitch for Chicago in the seventh. Meridith recorded two outs before facing Strawberry. Darryl connected for his third home run of the game, making the score 7-1 in favor of the Mets. Lynch then retired the Cubs in the bottom of the inning before giving up another run in the eighth.

In the ninth, Strawberry came up with the possibility of a 4-homer game. Instead, he singled off reliever Warren Brusstar for his fourth hit. Heep followed with his second double. The Mets then loaded the bases, but did not score in the inning.

Roger McDowell retired the Cubs in the bottom of the ninth to finish the game. The Mets had their third win of the four-game set in Chicago. Strawberry's slugging paved the way to victory.

Notes

  • This was the Mets' last game before the beginning of a strike by Major League Baseball players. The stoppage lasted two days and play resumed on August 8.