July 24, 1984: Hernandez's Single in 10th Beats Cards

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Date: July 24, 1984
Mets starter: Bruce Berenyi
Mets: 9
Cardinals: 8
Winning pitcher: Brent Gaff
Key player(s): Keith Hernandez, George Foster, Kelvin Chapman
Key play: Hernandez’s singles in 8th and 10th

The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the second of three games in a series. Keith Hernandez hit a run-scoring single in the 10th inning for a 9-8 Mets win over St. Louis.

Bruce Berenyi and the Cards’ Dave LaPoint each started the game with two scoreless innings pitched. Berenyi hurled a perfect top of the third and Rafael Santana singled to begin the bottom half. On his own hit, Santana advanced to second base on left fielder Lonnie Smith’s error. Berenyi reached on an error by catcher Darrell Porter, who caught Mookie Wilson’s ensuing foul pop-up. Kelvin Chapman hit a double to score Santana and send Berenyi to third base. Hernandez followed with a sacrifice fly to drive home Berenyi. George Foster singled to plate Chapman and extend the Mets’ lead to 3-0. LaPoint then issued a walk to Darryl Strawberry and retired Hubie Brooks on a fly ball to center fielder Andy Van Slyke to close out the inning.

Terry Pendleton singled to lead off the top of the fourth. George Hendrick hit a double to score Pendleton for the Redbirds’ first run of the game. Hendrick moved to third base on Porter’s ground out to first baseman Hernandez and came home on a wild pitch. Tommy Herr hit a single and David Green slugged a two-run homer for a 4-3 St. Louis lead. Berenyi then got both Chris Speier and LaPoint on ground balls to shortstop Santana for the inning’s final outs.

Santana hit a one-out double against LaPoint in the bottom of the fourth. Berenyi singled to score Santana with the tying run. Wilson reached on shortstop Speier’s error and Chapman singled to drive home Berenyi. On the play, Wilson went to third via an error by Smith. Hernandez and Foster got back-to-back singles against Cardinals’ reliever Dave Rucker to drive home Wilson and Chapman, respectively, for a 7-4 Mets lead. Rucker then struck out Strawberry and retired Brooks on a pop-up to Speier that finished off the inning.

Berenyi and Rucker each pitched scoreless fifth and sixth innings. Pinch-hitter Bill Lyons drew a walk with one out in the top of the seventh. Smith went down on strikes and Van Slyke tripled to score Lyons. Mets’ reliever Doug Sisk issued consecutive walks to Pendleton and Hendrick to load the bases. Porter walked to force home Van Slyke and reduce the Mets’ lead to 7-6. New York’s Tom Gorman retired Herr on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Wilson. Cards’ reliever Ralph Citarella then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Pinch-hitter Art Howe singled with two outs in the top of the eighth. Pinch-hitter Tito Landrum followed with a home run to put the Redbirds ahead, 8-7. Gorman got Van Slyke on a pop-up to Santana for the third out of the inning and pinch-hitter Jerry Martin singled against St. Louis reliever Dave Von Ohlen to begin the bottom half. A wild pitch advanced Martin to second base and Wilson grounded out to third baseman Pendleton. Chapman was struck out and Hernandez hit a single to score Martin, tying the game at 8-8. Cardinals’ reliever Jeff Lahti then got Foster on a force play grounder to Pendleton that ended the inning.

Mets’ reliever Brent Gaff surrendered only a walk to Porter in the top of the ninth. Lahti pitched a perfect bottom half and a single by Green opened the top of the 10th. On his own hit, Green went to second base via an error by left fielder Danny Heep. Speier went down on strikes and pinch-hitter Steve Braun drew a walk. Landrum was retired on a ground ball to Santana. Gaff then got Van Slyke to ground out to Hernandez and end the inning.

Wilson singled against Cards’ reliever Neil Allen with two outs in the bottom of the 10th. Mookie stole second base and pinch-hitter Wally Backman drew a walk. Hernandez followed with a single that scored Wilson and brought the game to an end. The Mets had an exciting victory in extra innings.