July 2, 1987: Leach Pitches 2-Hit Shutout
|Date: July 2, 1987|
|Mets starter: Terry Leach|
|Winning pitcher: Terry Leach|
|Key player(s): Terry Leach, Howard Johnson, Rafael Santana|
|Key play: Johnson double & Santana's single in 2nd|
The Mets began a four-game series with the Reds on a Thursday night in Cincinnati. A 14-hit attack led to an easy win for the Mets. Terry Leach allowed only two-hits in a complete game shutout for a 5-0 victory.
In the top of the second inning, the Mets scored twice against Reds' starter Ron Robinson. Darryl Strawberry led off with a double and later came home on another double by Howard Johnson. A single by Rafael Santana followed, scoring Johnson. In the bottom half, Leach recorded his second straight perfect inning and held Cincinnati scoreless on one hit in the third.
Neither team scored in the fourth inning. In the top of the fifth, Robinson retired the first two batters before yielding a home run to Len Dykstra for a 3-0 Met lead. Leach set down the Reds in order in the bottom half and the Mets got two more runs in the sixth on a single by Johnson and a double by Santana. Robinson was then replaced on the mound by Reds' reliever Rob Murphy.
Leach pitched scoreless innings in the sixth and seventh. In the eighth, Bo Diaz got a one-out single for the second Cincinnati hit. Terry then got Ron Oester to ground into a double play to end the inning.
In the ninth, Leach retired the Reds in order to end the game. The Mets had a win to start the series on Terry's pitching gem. The shutout was the first and only one of the year for Leach.