July 14, 1983: Hernandez's and Staub's Homers Defeat Reds

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Date: July 14, 1983
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 7
Reds: 4
Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver
Key player(s): Keith Hernandez, Rusty Staub, Jesse Orosco
Key play: Hernandez's and Staub's home runs

The Mets faced the Reds on a Thursday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Keith Hernandez and Rusty Staub hit two-run homers in a 7-4 Mets win over Cincinnati.

Mets' starter Tom Seaver pitched a scoreless top of the first inning. To begin the bottom half, Bob Bailor singled against the Reds' Charlie Puleo. Bailor stole second base and advanced to third on Mookie Wilson's ground out to second baseman Ron Oester. Hernandez grounded out to first baseman Dan Driessen to drive home Bailor with the game's first run. Puleo retired George Foster on a line drive to left fielder Gary Redus to end the inning. Seaver then yielded just a single to Nick Esasky in the top of the second.

Darryl Strawberry got a bunt single with one out in the bottom of the second inning. Strawberry stole second base and Brian Giles popped out to Driessen. Junior Ortiz followed with a single that plated Strawberry for a 2-0 Mets lead. Seaver grounded out to third baseman Esasky to finish off the inning and Eddie Milner got a leadoff single in the top of the third. Milner stole second and went to third on Dave Concepcion's ground out to shortstop Jose Oquendo. Redus drew a walk and stole second. Driessen followed with a single to score Milner and Redus with the tying runs. Seaver got Oester to hit a ground ball to second baseman Giles for an inning-ending double play. Puleo then shut down the Mets in the bottom half.

After a scoreless fourth, Concepcion got a two-out single in the top of the fifth. Concepcion stole second base and back-to-back walks to Redus and Driessen loaded the bases. Oester hit a single to bring home Concepcion and Redus for a 4-2 Cincinnati lead. Seaver fanned Esasky for the final out of the inning and Wilson singled with one out in the bottom half. Mookie stole second and Hernandez homered to retie the game. Puleo then struck out Foster and retired Hubie Brooks on a fly ball to right fielder Paul Householder to end the inning.

Seaver shut down the Reds in the top of the sixth. Strawberry got an infield single to open the bottom half. Giles and pinch-hitter Danny Heep were retired on consecutive infield pop-ups and Staub came up to pinch-hit for Seaver. Rusty slugged a home run to put the Mets ahead, 6-4. Puleo got Oquendo on a fly ball to center fielder Milner to close out the inning. Mets' reliever Jesse Orosco then set down the side in order in the top of the seventh.

Foster doubled against Cincinnati's Bill Scherrer with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Brooks was given an intentional walk and Strawberry singled to score Foster with the Mets' seventh run of the game. Giles drew a walk and Scherrer retired Ron Hodges on a fly ball to Milner that ended the inning. Orosco retired all three Reds batters in the top of the eighth. Scherrer then held the Mets to a single by Wilson in the bottom half.

Orosco struck out Alan Knicely to start the top of the ninth inning. Johnny Bench got a pinch-hit single to center field and pinch-hitter Cesar Cedeno flied out to left fielder Foster. Orosco then fanned Concepcion for the game's final out. The Mets had a victory to finish off the series.

Notes

  • Bench's single came in his last at-bat at Shea in his Hall of Fame career.