June 18, 1985: Mets Beat Cubs on "Singles Night"

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Date: June 18, 1985
Mets starter: Ed Lynch
Mets: 5
Cubs: 1
Winning pitcher: Ed Lynch
Key player(s): Ed Lynch, Gary Carter, Mookie Wilson
Key play: Carter’s two RBI singles

The Mets faced the Cubs on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams combined for fifteen hits in the game, all of which were singles. The end result was a 5-1 Mets win over Chicago.

Ryne Sandberg got a one-out single against Mets’ starter Ed Lynch in the top of the first inning. Keith Moreland followed with a single on which Sandberg advanced to third base. Leon Durham hit a force play ground ball to second baseman Kelvin Chapman to drive home Sandberg and a walk to Ron Cey ensued. Lynch then struck out Chris Speier to end the inning.

To begin the bottom of the first, Chicago’s Steve Trout issued back-to-back walks to Mookie Wilson and Chapman. Keith Hernandez went down on strikes and Gary Carter singled to score Wilson. George Foster hit a force play grounder to second baseman Sandberg to bring home Chapman from third base and give the Mets a 2-1 lead. Trout got John Christensen on a force play ground ball to third baseman Cey that closed out the inning and Lynch hurled a perfect top of the second. Trout then held the Mets to a single by Rafael Santana in the bottom half.

Lynch and Trout yielded just a single apiece over scoreless third and fourth innings. Ed held the Cubs to a single to Trout in the top of the fifth and Wilson singled with two outs in the bottom half. Chapman drew a walk and moved to third base on Hernandez’s single that drove home Wilson. Carter singled to score Chapman and increase the Mets’ lead to 4-1. Foster reached on shortstop Speier’s error to load the bases and Christensen grounded back to Trout for the inning’s third out. Durham got a one-out single in the top of the sixth. Lynch then got Cey to hit a ground ball to shortstop Santana for a double play that finished off the inning.

Ray Knight reached on Speier’s second error to lead off the bottom of the sixth. Santana popped out to Sandberg and a sacrifice bunt by Lynch advanced Knight to second base. Wilson singled to score Knight with the Mets’ fifth run of the game. With Chapman at bat, Mookie was caught by Trout’s pickoff and tagged out by Speier to end the inning. Lynch gave up only a single to Darrin Jackson in the top of the seventh. Cubs’ reliever Warren Brusstar then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Moreland singled with two outs in the top of the eighth. Durham followed with a force play grounder to second baseman Wally Backman for the final out of the inning and Brusstar set down the Mets in order in the bottom half. Cey flied out to center fielder Wilson to open the top of the ninth. Speier grounded out to Santana and a single (the fifteenth of the game) by pinch-hitter Chico Walker ensued. Lynch then retired pinch-hitter Richie Hebner on a pop-up to third baseman Knight that ended the game. The Mets had a victory on a night of continuous singles.