June 10, 1983: Kingman's Winning Homer in 17th
|Date: June 10, 1983|
|Mets starter: Craig Swan|
|Winning pitcher: Rick Ownbey|
|Key player(s): Dave Kingman|
|Key play: Kingman's home run in 17th|
The Mets and Expos began a three-game series on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. It was a marathon battle that didn't end until after midnight. The Mets won it, 4-2, on a home run by Dave Kingman in the 17th inning.
The Expos scored first against Mets' starter Craig Swan. Bryan Little got a one-out single in the first inning, which was followed by a double off the bat of Andre Dawson. Al Oliver then grounded out to bring home Little from third for a 1-0 Montreal lead.
In the second, the Mets tied the game against the Expos' Ray Burris. A two-out double by Brian Giles was followed by Jose Oquendo's single to score the run. The Mets then put two runners on base in the fourth, but failed to break the tie against Burris.
The game stayed tied through the end of the seventh inning. In the eighth, Doug Sisk relieved Swan and retired the Expos in order. The Mets then took a 2-1 lead when Kingman hit a sacrifice fly to score Darryl Strawberry in the bottom half of the inning.
Sisk walked Warren Cromartie with one out in the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Mike Vail then singled off reliever Jesse Orosco to put Montreal runners at first and second. Cromartie scored the tying run when Jim Wohlford, batting for Burris, singled to center field. The Mets got two runners on base in the bottom half of the inning, but Montreal reliever Jeff Reardon struck out the last two batters to sent the game onward.
The Mets loaded the bases against Reardon in the tenth, but failed to score. Neil Allen and Rick Ownbey then kept the Expos from scoring with a combined seven innings of shutout relief pitching. Montreal also got great relief as Dan Schatzeder held the Mets hitless in four shutout innings and Bryn Smith tossed two more frames of shutout ball. It was still a tie game entering the bottom of the 17th inning.
Hubie Brooks singled to start the 17th for the Mets. Ownbey sacrificed Brooks to second base before Smith struck out Mark Bradley. Kingman then hammered a home run to finally end the game. The Mets had a victory after 4 hours and 48 minutes of baseball.