June 12, 1987: Twelve Hits Bury Pirates

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Date: June 12, 1987
Mets starter: Sid Fernandez
Mets: 10
Pirates: 2
Winning pitcher: Sid Fernandez
Key player(s): Kevin McReynolds, Howard Johnson, Tim Teufel
Key play: Mets’ home runs

The Mets faced the Pirates on a Friday night in Pittsburgh. The teams played the opener of a three-game weekend series. The Mets collected a total of twelve hits in a 10-2 win over the Bucs.

Lenny Dykstra doubled against Pirates’ starter Rick Reuschel to lead off the top of the first inning. Tim Teufel was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Barry Bonds. Keith Hernandez reached on second baseman Johnny Ray’s error to drive home Dykstra with the first run of the game. Reuschel got Gary Carter to fly out to right fielder Bobby Bonilla and retired Darryl Strawberry on a grounder to first baseman Sid Bream to end the inning. For the Mets, Sid Fernandez pitched a perfect bottom half.

Kevin McReynolds homered to begin the top of the second. Reuschel retired the next three batters to close out the inning and a homer by Mike Diaz began the bottom half. Fernandez set down the next three Pittsburgh hitters and Reuschel pitched a perfect top of the third. Sid retired the side in order in the bottom half and Carter drew a walk to open the top of the fourth. Gary advanced to third base on a double by Strawberry and scored on McReynolds’ sacrifice fly. Howard Johnson hit a two-run homer to extend the Mets’ lead to 5-1. Reuschel got both Rafael Santana and Fernandez on grounders back to the mound to finish off the inning. Sid then gave up just a single to Ray in the bottom half.

Teufel got a one-out single in the top of the fifth. Hernandez doubled to drive home Teufel and a foul pop-up by Carter was caught by Bream. Reuschel retired Strawberry on a fly ball to left fielder Diaz to end the inning and Fernandez yielded only a single to Junior Ortiz in the bottom half. McReynolds singled against Bucs’ reliever Bob Walk to begin the top of the sixth. Johnson was struck out and Santana singled to left field. Fernandez’s sacrifice bunt advanced the runners and Dykstra was walked intentionally to load the bases. Teufel slugged a grand slam to increase the Mets’ lead to 10-1. Hernandez and Carter followed with singles and Walk got Strawberry on an inning-ending fly ball to Diaz. The Pirates loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom half. Fernandez then got Bream on a grounder to second baseman Teufel that finished off the inning.

Walk shut down the Mets in the top of the seventh. Fernandez hurled a perfect bottom half and Dykstra singled against Pittsburgh reliever Dave Johnson to lead off the top of the eighth. Teufel was struck out and Hernandez drew a walk. Carter grounded to third baseman Jim Morrison for an inning-ending double play and Bonds tripled to open the bottom half. Pinch-hitter John Cangelosi popped out to Teufel and a sacrifice fly by Ray brought home Bonds with the Pirates’ second run. Fernandez retired Diaz on a fly ball to center fielder Dykstra to close out the inning. Dave Johnson then set down the Mets in order in the bottom half.

Mets’ reliever Roger McDowell retired Morrison on a ground ball to shortstop Santana to start the bottom of the ninth. Bream drew a walk and pinch-hitter Mike LaValliere grounded out to Teufel. Rafael Belliard walked and McDowell fanned pinch-hitter R. J. Reynolds for the final out of the game. The Mets had a solid victory to begin the series.