July 31, 1983: Bailor's Single in 12th Wins DH Opener
|Date: July 31, 1983|
|Mets starter: Walt Terrell|
|Winning pitcher: Jesse Orosco|
|Key player(s): Jesse Orosco, Darryl Strawberry, Bob Bailor|
|Key play: Mets’ four-run 8th, Bailor’s single in 12th|
The Mets and Pirates played a doubleheader on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. In the first game of the twinbill, the Mets rebounded from a five-run deficit to force extra innings. Bob Bailor’s run-scoring single in the 12th gave the Mets a 7-6 win over Pittsburgh.
In the top of the first inning, Marvelle Wynne singled off Mets’ starter Walt Terrell. A single by Johnny Ray advanced Wynne to third base. Terrell walked Bill Madlock to load the bases. Jason Thompson followed with a grand slam to give the Pirates a 4-0 lead. Mets’ reliever Scott Holman completed the inning with no further scoring. Pittsburgh starter Lee Tunnell then retired the Mets in order in the bottom half.
Holman and Tunnell each pitched a scoreless second inning. In the top of the third, Scott set down the Pirates 1-2-3. The Mets loaded the bases, but did not score in the bottom of the inning. Holman then shut down Pittsburgh in the top of the fourth.
Darryl Strawberry led off the bottom of the fourth inning with an infield single. Ron Hodges hit a double to send Strawberry to third base. A sacrifice fly by Brian Giles brought home Strawberry with the Mets’ first run of the game. Tunnell retired Jose Oquendo on a ground ball to shortstop Dale Berra and struck out pinch-hitter Danny Heep to end the inning. The Pirates failed to score despite two singles and a walk against Tom Gorman in the top of the fifth. Tunnell then pitched a perfect bottom half.
Tony Pena singled with one out in the top of the sixth inning. Berra also singled to send Pena to third base. Tunnell fouled out to first baseman Keith Hernandez, whose ensuing errant throw allowed Pena to score and Berra to reach second. Wynne followed with a single that plated Berra to increase the Pittsburgh lead to 6-1. Gorman retired Ray on a grounder to Hernandez for the third out. Tunnell then shut down the Mets in the bottom of the inning.
Gorman retired the Bucs 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh. In the bottom half, pinch-hitter Mark Bradley got a two-out single to center field. Mookie Wilson followed with a double to score Bradley from first base. Hubie Brooks grounded out to third baseman Madlock to end the inning. Mets’ reliever Carlos Diaz then set down all three Pittsburgh batters in the top of the eighth.
Hernandez hit a home run off Tunnell to begin the bottom of the eighth inning. George Foster followed with a homer off reliever Rod Scurry. Strawberry drew a walk and Pirates’ reliever Kent Tekulve retired pinch-hitter Dave Kingman on a fly ball to left fielder Mike Easler. Giles singled and pinch-hitter Rusty Staub reached on Berra’s error to load the bases for the Mets. Batting for Diaz, Bailor hit into a force play to drive home Strawberry and cut the Bucs’ lead to 6-5. Wilson’s ensuing single scored Giles with the tying run. Tekulve then got Brooks to ground out to second baseman Ray for the third out of the inning.
In the top of the ninth, Jesse Orosco retired Thompson on a fly ball to center fielder Wilson with two runners on base to finish off a scoreless inning. The Mets were set down in order by Pittsburgh’s Cecilio Guante in the bottom half. Orosco and Guante each pitched scoreless ball in the 10th and 11th innings. Jesse then struck out two batters in a perfect top of the 12th.
Strawberry singled off Pirates’ reliever Jim Bibby to begin the bottom of the 12th inning. Bibby fanned Junior Ortiz and gave up a single to Giles. Tucker Ashford drew a walk to load the bases. Bailor followed with a single to left field to bring home Strawberry and end the game. The Mets had begun the doubleheader with a comeback victory.