July 7, 1987: Myers' First Save Gives Mets Sweep

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Date: July 7, 1987
Mets starter: Ron Darling
Mets: 5
Braves: 1
Winning pitcher: Ron Darling
Key player(s): Kevin McReynolds, Rafael Santana, Howard Johnson, Randy Myers
Key play: Santana’s double, McReynolds’ and Johnson’s RBI singles

The Mets and Braves faced each other in a doubleheader on a Tuesday evening. After winning the opener of the twinbill at Atlanta’s Fulton-County Stadium, the Mets were in search of a sweep in the nightcap. Randy Myers recorded the first save of his major league career in a 5-1 Mets win.

Lenny Dykstra singled against Braves’ starter Randy O’Neal to lead off the top of the first inning. Tim Teufel flied out to center fielder Albert Hall and a single by Keith Hernandez advanced Dykstra to third base. Kevin McReynolds followed with a sacrifice fly to drive home Dykstra with the first run of the game. O’Neal then retired Darryl Strawberry on a line drive to first baseman Gerald Perry to end the inning.

Perry hit a double against Mets’ starter Ron Darling with one out in the bottom of the first. Ken Griffey flied out to left fielder McReynolds and a walk to Dale Murphy ensued. Ted Simmons singled to score Perry and tie the game at 1-1. On the play, center fielder Dykstra made an error that allowed Murphy to move to third base. Ozzie Virgil then grounded back to Darling for the inning’s final out.

O’Neal pitched a perfect top of the second. To begin the bottom half, Andres Thomas singled and went to third base on a single by Glenn Hubbard. O’Neal followed with a ground ball on which Thomas got caught in a rundown and was tagged out by catcher Barry Lyons. Darling retired Hall and Perry on consecutive outfield flies to end the inning and Teufel got a two-out single in the top of the third. Hernandez singled and O’Neal got McReynolds on an inning-ending fly ball to right fielder Murphy. Darling then set down the Braves in order in the bottom half.

From the fourth inning to the sixth, Darling and O’Neal each pitched scoreless ball. Howard Johnson drew a leadoff walk against Atlanta reliever Jeff Dedmon in the top of the seventh. Johnson stole second base and moved to third on Lyons’ ground out to second baseman Hubbard. Rafael Santana followed with a double to score Johnson and give the Mets a 2-1 lead. Pinch-hitter Lee Mazzilli drew a walk and Dedmon was replaced on the mound by the Braves’ Paul Assenmacher. Pinch-hitter Mookie Wilson grounded back to Assenmacher to advance the runners to second and third. Assenmacher retired Teufel on a grounder to shortstop Thomas for the third out. Myers then came into the game and hurled a scoreless bottom of the inning.

To open the top of the eighth, Hernandez reached on Atlanta reliever Larry McWilliams’ third strike wild pitch. McReynolds hit a single and Strawberry flied out to left fielder Griffey. Johnson singled to drive home Hernandez and send McReynolds to third base. With reliever Gene Garber on the mound for the Braves, Johnson stole second. Lyons hit a sacrifice fly to score McReynolds for a 4-1 Mets lead. Santana was given an intentional walk and Garber struck out Myers to finish off the inning. Randy then set down all three batters in the bottom half.

Wilson singled to lead off the top of the ninth. Teufel popped out to catcher Virgil on a bunt attempt and Wilson stole second base. Hernandez grounded out to Hubbard to advance Wilson to third. Mookie scored the Mets’ fifth run of the game on a single by McReynolds. Garber then retired Strawberry on a pop-up to third baseman Simmons for the final out of the inning.

Virgil went down on strikes to open the bottom of the ninth. Thomas reached third base on an error by right fielder Strawberry. Hubbard was retired on a foul pop-up to first baseman Hernandez. Myers then got Gary Roenicke to fly out to McReynolds and end the game. Randy had his first save as a major leaguer to complete a doubleheader sweep for the Mets.