August 6 and August 7, 1986: Mets Complete DH Sweep of Cubs

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Date: August 6 and August 7, 1986
Mets starter: Rick Anderson
Mets: 7
Cubs: 6
Winning pitcher: Rick Anderson
Key player(s): Gary Carter, Keith Hernandez, Mookie Wilson, Howard Johnson
Key play: Carter’s single and home run, Wilson’s triple, Johnson’s home run

The Mets and Cubs faced each other in a doubleheader on a Wednesday afternoon. After winning the opener of the twinbill at Wrigley Field, the Mets were in search of a sweep in the second game. Amid oncoming darkness that suspended the game into the following day, the Mets came out with a 7-6 win over Chicago.

Mookie Wilson singled against Cubs’ starter Steve Trout to lead off the top of the first inning. Wilson stole second base and moved to third on Tim Teufel’s sacrifice bunt. Keith Hernandez singled to drive home Wilson with the first run of the game. Hernandez stole second and Gary Carter went down on strikes. Kevin Mitchell drew a walk and Trout retired Ray Knight on a ground ball to second baseman Chris Speier for the third out. Mets’ starter Rick Anderson then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Following a scoreless second inning, Teufel drew a one-out walk in the top of the third. Hernandez singled and Carter hit a single to score Teufel. Mitchell grounded to shortstop Shawon Dunston for an inning-ending double play and Anderson pitched a perfect bottom half. Ed Hearn singled with one out in the top of the fourth. Howard Johnson drew a walk and Anderson hit a force play ground ball to third baseman Ron Cey. On the play, Johnson came around to score with Anderson moving to second base via an error by Dunston. Wilson tripled to bring home Anderson for a 4-0 Mets lead. Trout then got Teufel to ground out to Dunston and end the inning.

Terry Francona got a leadoff single in the bottom of the fourth. Jerry Mumphrey hit a two-run homer and Keith Moreland flied out to center fielder Wilson. Anderson stuck out Leon Durham and retired Cey on an inning-ending fly ball to left fielder Mitchell. Hernandez singled to begin the top of the fifth. Carter slugged a two-run homer and Mitchell grounded out to Cey. Knight doubled and Hearn was retired on a ground ball to Cey. Johnson was given an intentional walk. Trout then got Anderson to hit a force play grounder to Dunston and finish off the inning.

Dunston hit a double to open the bottom of the fifth. Speier singled and pinch-hitter Manny Trillo followed with a sacrifice fly that brought home Dunston. Bob Dernier hit a single and Francona flied out to right fielder Carter. Anderson got Thad Bosley to fly out to Wilson and close out the inning. Chicago reliever Ray Fontenot then set down the side in order in the top of the sixth.

Moreland singled against Mets’ reliever Doug Sisk to open the bottom of the sixth inning. Durham flied out to Mitchell and an error by shortstop Johnson allowed Cey to reach base. Dunston hit a single to load the bases. Speier followed with a single that plated Moreland and cut the Mets’ lead to 6-4. Sisk got pinch-hitter Gary Matthews to hit double play grounder to Johnson and end the inning. Cubs’ reliever Dave Gumpert pitched a perfect top of the seventh and Sisk yielded only a single to Dernier in the bottom half. The game was then halted for the day as darkness came down on lightless Wrigley.

Resuming play on Thursday afternoon, Hearn grounded out to Dunston to begin the top of the eighth inning. Johnson followed with a homer for the Mets’ seventh run of the game. Sisk grounded out to first baseman Durham and a single by Wilson ensued. Teufel went down on strikes for the inning’s third out and Sisk set down the Cubs in order in the bottom half. Gumpert then retired all three New York batters in the top of the ninth.

A single by Dunston began the bottom of the ninth inning. Dunston advanced to third base on Speier’s double and came home on catcher Hearn’s passed ball. Pinch-hitter Ryne Sandberg singled to score Speier and reduce the Mets’ lead to one run. Dernier followed with a bunt to Hernandez for a double play. Sisk was then replaced on the mound by Mets’ reliever Jesse Orosco, who retired pinch-hitter Jody Davis on a fly ball to right fielder Mitchell (who had shifted from left) to end the game. The Mets had a victory for a doubleheader sweep that took two days to complete.

Notes

  • The win for Anderson was his first in the major leagues.