August 7, 1983: Brooks Leads Mets Past Cubs

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Date: August 7, 1983
Mets starter: Craig Swan
Mets: 6
Cubs: 4
Winning pitcher: Doug Sisk
Key player(s): Hubie Brooks, Mookie Wilson, Doug Sisk
Key play: Brooks’ double in 3rd and single in 10th, Noles’ balk in 5th

The Mets faced the Cubs on a Sunday afternoon in Chicago. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Hubie Brooks drove in four runs in a 6-4 Mets win in 10 innings.

Cubs’ starter Dickie Noles pitched a perfect top of the first. Mel Hall singled against the Mets’ Craig Swan to open the bottom half. Ryne Sandberg drew a walk and Bill Buckner followed with a force play ground ball to first baseman Keith Hernandez. Ron Cey hit a sacrifice fly to score Hall for a 1-0 Chicago lead. Swan then struck out Leon Durham to end the inning.

After a scoreless second, Junior Ortiz got a one-out single in the top of the third. Swan went down on strikes and Mookie Wilson singled to right field. On Wilson’s hit, right fielder Jay Johnstone made an error that allowed Ortiz to advance to third base. Brooks hit a double that drove home Ortiz and Wilson, giving the Mets a 2-1 lead. Noles fanned Hernandez to close out the inning and Hall led off the bottom half with a game-tying home run. Swan then retired the next three Cubs batters to finish off the inning.

Noles set down the side in order in the top of the fourth. With two outs in the bottom half, Steve Lake singled and moved to second base on a wild pitch. Tom Veryzer singled to bring home Lake and advanced to second on a throw to the plate. Noles hit a double that scored Veryzer for a 4-2 Cubs lead. Hall was given an intentional walk. Swan then retired Sandberg on a fly ball to left fielder George Foster to end the inning.

Brian Giles hit a single to begin the top of the fifth. Giles moved to second base on Ortiz’s ground out to Noles and stole third. Pinch-hitter Danny Heep singled to score Giles and reduce the Chicago lead to 4-3. Wilson followed with a double on which Heep was out via a relay throw by second baseman Sandberg to third baseman Cey. On the throw, Mookie advanced to third. With Brooks at bat, a balk brought home Wilson with the tying run. Noles got Brooks on an inning-ending fly ball to left fielder Durham. Mets’ reliever Scott Holman then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

After retiring the Mets in order in the top of the sixth, Noles singled against Holman with one out in the bottom of the inning. A wild pitch sent Noles to second base and Hall drew a walk. Sandberg followed with a force play ground ball to shortstop Bob Bailor. Mets’ reliever Carlos Diaz got Buckner to ground out to second baseman Giles and end the inning. Noles set down the side on three straight infield grounders in the top of the seventh. Diaz then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Brooks singled with two outs in the top of the eighth. Hubie stole second base and Noles fanned Hernandez for the inning’s third out. Veryzer hit a single against Mets’ reliever Doug Sisk with one out in the bottom half. A wild pitch advanced Veryzer to second and pinch-hitter Jerry Morales drew a walk. Hall hit a force play ground ball to Giles. Sisk got Sandberg on a grounder back to the mound to end the inning and Cubs’ reliever Lee Smith gave up just a single to Foster in the top of the ninth. Sisk then hurled a scoreless bottom half to send the game onward.

Pinch-hitter Rusty Staub singled with one out in the top of the 10th. Pinch-runner Mark Bradley stole second base and Wilson was given an intentional walk. A passed ball by catcher Jody Davis advanced the runners to second and third. Brooks followed with a single that plated Bradley and Wilson for a two-run Mets lead. Hernandez hit a force play grounder to Sandberg and a single by Foster ensued. Smith then retired Darryl Strawberry on a ground ball to first baseman Buckner to close out the inning.

Mets’ reliever Jesse Orosco issued a walk to Gary Woods to start the bottom of the 10th. Davis walked and Veryzer singled to load the bases. Orosco followed up with strikeouts of both pinch-hitter Keith Moreland and Hall. Jesse then got Sandberg to hit a force play ground ball to Bailor for the final out of the game. The Mets had an extra-inning victory and a sweep of the series.