July 1, 1984: Mets Complete DH Sweep of Braves

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Date: July 1, 1984
Mets starter: Walt Terrell
Mets: 3
Braves: 2
Winning pitcher: Tim Leary
Key player(s): Tim Leary, Kelvin Chapman, George Foster
Key play: Chapman’s single, Foster’s home run, Dedmon’s wild pitch

The Mets and Braves faced each other in a doubleheader on a Sunday afternoon. After winning the opener of the twinbill at Shea Stadium, the Mets aimed for a sweep in the second game. Coming from behind, the Mets emerged with a 3-2 win over Atlanta.

Claudell Washington drew a leadoff walk in the top of the first inning. Albert Hall flied out to center fielder Mookie Wilson. Rafael Ramirez grounded out to shortstop Ron Gardenhire and a walk to Dale Murphy ensued. Gerald Perry walked to load the bases and Mets’ starter Walt Terrell retired Ken Oberkfell on a fly ball to left fielder George Foster that ended the inning. For the Braves, Rick Camp pitched a scoreless bottom half. Terrell set down the side in order in the top of the second and Camp struck out Darryl Strawberry to begin the bottom half. Atlanta reliever Pete Falcone then fanned Foster and got Hubie Brooks to hit a ground ball to third baseman Oberkfell for the final out of the inning.

Washington singled against Terrell to open the top of the third. Hall followed with a single and Ramirez singled to drive home Washington. Mets’ reliever Tim Leary got Murphy to hit a force play grounder to first baseman Keith Hernandez. Perry reached on an error by second baseman Kelvin Chapman to score Hall for a 2-0 Atlanta lead. Leary then got Oberkfell on a grounder to Chapman for a double play to finish off the inning.

Junior Ortiz reached on an error by third baseman Oberkfell with one out in the bottom of the third. Leary singled and Wilson followed with a force play ground ball to second baseman Glenn Hubbard. Chapman hit a single to being home Ortiz with the Mets’ first run of the game. Falcone fanned Hernandez for the third out and got a two-out single in the top of the fourth. Washington drew a walk and Leary retired Hall on an inning-ending grounder to Hernandez. With one out in the bottom half, Foster homered to tie the game at 2-2. Falcone then got Brooks and Gardenhire on consecutive fly balls to center fielder Murphy for the inning’s final outs.

Leary held the Braves to a single by Ramirez in the top of the fifth inning. Ortiz drew a walk to open the bottom half. Leary followed with a force play bunt to Falcone and stole second base. Wilson flied out to left fielder Hall and a strikeout of Chapman closed out the inning. Leary hurled a perfect top of the sixth and Darryl Strawberry singled with one out in the bottom half. Strawberry stole second and Foster fouled out to first baseman Perry. Brooks was given an intentional walk and Gardenhire singled to load the bases. Falcone then retired Ortiz on a fly ball to right fielder Washington to end the inning.

Leary gave up only a single to Washington in the top of the seventh. Pinch-hitter Danny Heep drew a walk against Atlanta reliever Jeff Dedmon to begin the bottom half. Pinch-runner Jose Oquendo advanced to second base on Wilson’s sacrifice bunt and to third on pinch-hitter Rusty Staub’s ground out to Hubbard. Hernandez drew a walk and Dedmon threw a wild pitch that plated Oquendo, putting the Mets ahead by a run. Strawberry was struck out to finish off the inning and Mets’ reliever Doug Sisk pitched a perfect top of the eighth. Dedmon then yielded just a single to Gardenhire in the bottom half.

Oberkfell flied out to Wilson to lead off the top of the ninth inning. Hubbard also flied out to Wilson and a single by Alex Trevino ensued. Sisk then retired Chris Chambliss on a ground ball to second baseman Gardenhire (who had shifted from shortstop) to end the game. The Mets had a victory and a doubleheader sweep.