June 2, 1984: Mookie Sparks Mets Past Cardinals

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Date: June 2, 1984
Mets starter: Ed Lynch
Mets: 5
Cardinals: 2
Winning pitcher: Ed Lynch
Key player(s): Mookie Wilson, Mike Fitzgerald
Key play: Wilson’s homer and run in 5th, Fitzgerald’s RBI single

The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Saturday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played a two-hour and twenty-three-minute game. Mookie Wilson’s two-run homer and alert baserunning lifted the Mets to a 5-2 win over St. Louis.

Mets’ starter Ed Lynch pitched a perfect top of the first inning. Wally Backman singled against the Cards’ Danny Cox to lead off the bottom half. Backman moved to second base on catcher Darrell Porter’s passed ball and Wilson homered to give the Mets a 2-0 lead. Keith Hernandez hit a single and Darryl Strawberry followed with a force play ground ball to second baseman Tommy Herr. With Hubie Brooks at bat, Strawberry was caught stealing on Porter’s throw to Herr. Cox then got Brooks to ground out to shortstop Ozzie Smith and end the inning.

To begin the top of the second, George Hendrick singled and advanced to third base on a single by Porter. Willie McGee grounded out to shortstop Jose Oquendo to drive home Hendrick and a fly ball by Ken Oberkfell was caught by right fielder Strawberry. Ozzie Smith grounded out to second baseman Backman to finish off the inning and Cox hurled a scoreless bottom half. Herr hit a single with two outs in the top of the third. Andy Van Slyke singled and went to third base on a double by Hendrick that brought home Herr with the tying run. Porter was walked intentionally to load the bases and Lynch got McGee to hit an inning-ending force play grounder to third baseman Brooks. Ed got a leadoff single in the bottom half. Backman walked and Wilson grounded to Ozzie Smith for a double play. Cox then struck out Hernandez to end the inning.

Lynch gave up only a single to Oberkfell in the top of the fourth. Danny Heep doubled with two outs in the bottom half. Mike Fitzgerald hit a single to drive home Heep and put the Mets ahead, 3-2. Cox retired Oquendo on a ground ball to third baseman Oberkfell to close out the inning and Lynch shut down the Redbirds in the top of the fifth. With one out in the bottom half, Backman drew a walk and went to third base on a single by Wilson. Hernandez walked against Cardinals’ reliever Ricky Horton to load the bases. Strawberry followed with a force play grounder to first baseman Van Slyke to score Backman. On the play, Wilson kept running and came around to score the Mets’ fifth run of the game. Horton then retired Brooks on a fly ball to center fielder McGee for the inning’s third out.

Lynch hurled a perfect top of the sixth. Horton yielded just a single to Fitzgerald in the bottom half and Ed set down all three St. Louis batters in the top of the seventh. Cards’ reliever Dave Rucker surrendered only a walk to Hernandez in the bottom of the inning and Herr doubled against Lynch to begin the top of the eighth. Mets’ reliever Doug Sisk issued a walk to Van Slyke and got Hendrick on a force play grounder to Brooks. Porter was hit by a pitch to load the bases and McGee hit a ground ball on which Brooks threw to catcher Fitzgerald for an out at home on Herr. Sisk retired Oberkfell on a grounder to Backman that ended the inning. Rucker then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Ozzie Smith drew a walk to open the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Steve Braun flied out to center fielder Wilson and a fly ball by Lonnie Smith was caught by Strawberry. Sisk then got Herr to ground out to Backman and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a solid victory.