July 6, 1984: Chapman's Single Beats Reds in 9th
|Date: July 6, 1984|
|Mets starter: Tim Leary|
|Winning pitcher: Jesse Orosco|
|Key player(s): Kelvin Chapman, Junior Ortiz, Jesse Orosco|
|Key play: Chapman's single in 9th|
Following their victory in Game 1 of a twi-night doubleheader, the Mets looked for a sweep in the nightcap against the Reds. The teams provided some scoring before the pitching took over the second half of the game. The Mets came out with a 6-5 win on a ninth-inning single by Kelvin Chapman.
The Reds scored four times against Mets' starter Tim Leary in the second and third innings. Tom Foley hit a two-run homer in the second after a single by Dann Bilardello. In the third, Tom Lawless came home on Leary's wild pitch and Nick Esasky's sacrifice fly brought in Dan Driessen from third base. The Mets got a run in the bottom of the second when Darryl Strawberry doubled and later came home on a sacrifice fly by Ron Gardenhire.
In the top of the fourth, Eric Davis homered off Mets' reliever Brent Gaff to increase the Cincinnati lead to 5-1. In the bottom half, Hubie Brooks led off with a double and Danny Heep reached first base on shortstop Foley's error. Following a sacrifice bunt by Gardenhire, Junior Ortiz singled to score Brooks and Heep. Pinch-hitter Rusty Staub also singled and Reds' starter Tom Hume was replaced by reliever Bill Scherrer.
Batting for Wally Backman, Chapman welcomed Scherrer with a single to bring home Ortiz from second base. Mookie Wilson flied out and Keith Hernandez got the Mets' fifth hit (and fourth single) of the inning to score pinch-runner Ron Darling with the tying run. On the play, Chapman was thrown out at home after third base coach Bobby Valentine foolishly waved him home.
With the score tied, 5-5, Tom Gorman came in to pitch for the Mets in the top of the fifth. Gorman set down the Reds in order and added two more scoreless innings while allowing only one hit. Reliever Jesse Orosco recorded four strikeouts in pitching perfect eighth and ninth innings. Meanwhile, the Cincinnati bullpen provided shutout relief, including two perfect innings from John Franco.
Ortiz singled off the Reds' Ted Power to start the bottom of the ninth. Pinch-runner Jose Oquendo then got to second on catcher Bilardello's error on a pickoff attempt. Jose moved to third on Orosco's sacrifice bunt and scored the winning run on Chapman's single to right field. The Mets had a sweep of the doubleheader.