June 14, 1988: Ten Hits Beat Cardinals

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Date: June 14, 1988
Mets starter: Bob Ojeda
Mets: 5
Cardinals: 0
Winning pitcher: Bob Ojeda
Key player(s): Bob Ojeda, Lenny Dykstra, Dave Magadan
Key play: Dykstra’s and Magadan’s doubles

The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the second of three games in a series. The Mets pounded out ten hits in a 5-0 win over St. Louis.

Mets’ starter Bob Ojeda yielded only a double to Willie McGee in the top of the first inning. Lenny Dykstra singled against the Cards’ Jose DeLeon to lead off the bottom half. Wally Backman popped out to first baseman Tom Pagnozzi and a walk to Dave Magadan ensued. Darryl Strawberry went down on strikes and Kevin McReynolds walked to load the bases. DeLeon then fanned Gary Carter for the third out.

The Redbirds failed to score after loading the bases against Ojeda in the top of the second. Howard Johnson hit a single to open the bottom of the inning. Kevin Elster doubled and Ojeda was struck out. Dykstra followed with a double that brought home Johnson and Elster for a 2-0 Mets lead. Backman was retired on a fly ball to center fielder McGee. DeLeon then got Magadan to ground out to shortstop Ozzie Smith and finish off the inning.

Ojeda held the Cardinals to a single by McGee in the top of the third. DeLeon hurled a perfect bottom half and Bob set down the side in order in the top of the fourth. With two outs in the bottom of the inning, Ojeda hit a double to left field. Dykstra flied out to right fielder Tom Brunansky to end the inning and Ojeda yielded just a single to Smith in the top of the fifth. Backman singled to begin the bottom half. Magadan followed with a double to drive home Backman and extend the Mets’ lead to 3-0. Strawberry was given an intentional walk. McReynolds was retired on a pop-up to Smith, who threw to second baseman Luis Alicea for an out on Magadan and a double play. DeLeon then got Carter to hit a force play grounder to third baseman Jose Oquendo and close out the inning.

After a scoreless sixth, Ojeda shut down the Cards again in the top of the seventh. Dykstra tripled against St. Louis reliever Steve Peters to open the bottom half. Pinch-hitter Tim Teufel followed with a sacrifice fly that scored Dykstra for a 4-0 Mets lead. Peters retired Magadan and Strawberry on infield ground balls for the inning’s final outs and Ojeda pitched a perfect top of the eighth. With two outs in the bottom half, Johnson singled against the Cardinals’ Bob Forsch. Howard stole second base and Elster was walked intentionally. Ojeda got a single for the Mets’ tenth hit, bringing home Johnson with the fifth New York run. Forsch then retired Dykstra on a ground ball to Pagnozzi for the third out of the inning.

Pagnozzi hit a ground-rule double to lead off the top of the ninth. Oquendo singled and Alicea flied out to center fielder Dykstra. Pinch-hitter Steve Lake went down on strikes and Vince Coleman walked to load the bases. Ojeda then got Smith to ground out to second baseman Teufel and end the game. The Mets had a shutout victory.