July 28, 1986: Eleven Hits Bury Cubs
|Date: July 28, 1986|
|Mets starter: Bob Ojeda|
|Winning pitcher: Bob Ojeda|
|Key player(s): Bob Ojeda, Howard Johnson, Kevin Mitchell, Darryl Strawberry|
|Key play: Johnson’s double, Mitchell’s and Strawberry’s home runs|
The Mets faced the Cubs on a Monday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a four-game series. The Mets pounded out eleven hits in a 9-2 win over Chicago.
Mets’ starter Bob Ojeda pitched a scoreless top of the first inning. Wally Backman singled against the Cubs’ Scott Sanderson with one out in the bottom half. Keith Hernandez hit a double and Gary Carter was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Darryl Strawberry was called out on strikes and Kevin Mitchell drew a walk to force home Backman. Howard Johnson followed with a double that scored Hernandez, Carter and Mitchell for a 4-0 Mets lead. Sanderson then retired Rafael Santana on a fly ball to center fielder Bob Dernier for the third out.
Ojeda gave up just a single to Ron Cey in the top of the second. Sanderson hurled a perfect bottom of the inning and both pitchers set down the side in order in the third. Keith Moreland drew a walk to lead off the top of the fourth. Ojeda retired the next three Chicago batters to end the inning and Mitchell singled to open the bottom half. On a called third strike to Johnson, Mitchell was caught stealing on catcher Jody Davis’s throw to shortstop Shawon Dunston for a double play. Santana grounded out to Dunston to finish off the inning and Ojeda set down the side 1-2-3 in the top of the fifth. With two outs in the bottom half, Backman hit a single and Hernandez drew a walk. Sanderson then got Carter on a force play ground ball to third baseman Cey for the inning’s final out.
Ryne Sandberg hit a home run to begin the top of the sixth. Gary Matthews and Moreland were retired on fly balls to left fielder Mitchell. Davis grounded out to shortstop Santana to end the inning and Strawberry got an infield single to open the bottom half. With Mitchell at bat, Darryl was caught stealing on Davis’s throw to Dunston. Mitchell followed with a homer for a 5-1 Mets lead. Sanderson then got Johnson to foul out to Davis and retired Santana on a fly ball to Dernier that closed out the inning.
Cey hit a solo home run with one out in the top of the seventh. Dunston singled and advanced to second base on an error by third baseman Johnson. Ojeda struck out pinch-hitter Manny Trillo and retired Dernier on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Lenny Dykstra. Cubs’ reliever Ray Fontenot pitched a perfect bottom half and Sandberg reached on Johnson’s error to begin the top of the eighth. Matthews walked and the Mets’ Roger McDowell fanned Moreland. Davis then hit a grounder to Santana for a double play to end the inning.
Hernandez drew a walk against Fontenot to lead off the bottom of the eighth. Carter flied out to right fielder Moreland and a two-run homer by Strawberry ensued. Mitchell singled and Johnson was retired on a fly ball to Dernier. Santana reached on Cey’s error and a single by McDowell drove home Mitchell for an 8-2 Mets lead. Dykstra singled for the Mets’ eleventh hit, scoring Santana with the ninth New York run of the game. With Chicago reliever George Frazier on the mound, a passed ball by Davis moved the runners to second and third base. Frazier then got Backman to fly out to Dernier and finish off the inning.
Leon Durham hit a leadoff single in the top of the ninth. Cey followed with a double play ground ball to Santana. McDowell then retired Dunston on a grounder to second baseman Backman to end the game. The Mets had a solid victory to start the series.