August 6, 1983: Terrell Hits 2 Home Runs

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Date: August 6, 1983
Mets starter: Walt Terrell
Mets: 4
Cubs: 1
Winning pitcher: Walt Terrell
Key player(s): Walt Terrell
Key play: Terrell’s two-run homers, Diaz’s strikeouts in eighth

The Mets were out to win their second straight game against the Cubs. Walt Terrell got the start against Chicago’s long-time legend Ferguson Jenkins on a Saturday afternoon at Wrigley Field. Terrell was the star of the day with seven shutout innings and two 2-run homers in a 4-1 Mets’ win.

Terrell and Jenkins pitched scoreless first and second innings. Ron Hodges then led off the third with a single and Terrell came to bat. Walt, a left-handed batter, hit a pitch from Jenkins that sailed into the left field bleachers. The Mets had a 2-0 lead on an opposite field home run from their own pitcher.

Lightning struck again in the next inning. Brian Giles was hit by a pitch and stole second base. Terrell came up with two out and hit another Jenkins pitch for a home run into Wrigley’s left field seats. It was the first time that a Mets’ pitcher ever homered twice in a game.

Walt protected his self-made four-run lead into the eighth inning. Ryne Sandberg then hit a sacrifice fly to score Larry Bowa for Chicago’s first run and Mel Hall singled. With Bill Buckner coming up as the tying run, Terrell was taken out of the game.

Relief pitcher Carlos Diaz came on to pitch. Diaz walked Buckner to load the bases before striking out Ron Cey and Leon Durham to end the inning. Carlos then retired the Cubs in order in the ninth for his first save of the season, giving Terrell his own well-deserved win.