June 2, 1985: Schiraldi and Sisk Stifle Padres

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Date: June 2, 1985
Mets starter: Calvin Schiraldi
Mets: 7
Padres: 3
Winning pitcher: Calvin Schiraldi
Key player(s): Calvin Schiraldi, Doug Sisk, Gary Carter, Danny Heep
Key play: Carter’s and Heep’s home runs

The Mets faced the Padres on a Sunday afternoon in San Diego. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Calvin Schiraldi and Doug Sisk teamed up for a five-hitter in a 7-3 Mets win.

Padres’ starter Eric Show pitched a scoreless top of the first inning. Tim Flannery drew a walk to lead off the bottom half. Tony Gwynn hit with a home run for a 2-0 San Diego lead. Steve Garvey grounded out to shortstop Howard Johnson and a fly ball by Graig Nettles was caught by left fielder Terry Blocker. Kevin McReynolds singled and Terry Kennedy was retired on an inning-ending ground ball to first baseman Keith Hernandez. Show and Schiraldi both then set down the side in order in the second.

Blocker hit a single to open the top of the third inning. Schiraldi went down on strikes and Mookie Wilson singled to advance Blocker to third base. A single by Wally Backman scored Blocker with the Mets’ first run. Hernandez doubled to bring home Wilson and send Backman to third. On Gary Carter’s ensuing grounder, Backman scored via an error by third baseman Nettles to put the Mets ahead by a run. Hernandez and Carter were caught in rundowns on the play and both were tagged out to end the inning. Schiraldi then retired the Padres 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Show and Schiraldi each hurled one-hit scoreless ball in the fourth and fifth innings. Hernandez singled with one out in the top of the sixth. Carter followed with a two-run homer to increase the Mets’ lead to 5-2. Danny Heep singled and Ray Knight fouled out to Nettles. Show issued a walk to Johnson and San Diego reliever Tim Stoddard retired Blocker on a fly ball to right fielder Gwynn to close out the inning.

Gwynn singled to begin the bottom of the sixth. Garvey drew a walk and Sisk came in to pitch for the Mets. Doug threw a wild pitch that moved Gwynn to third base and Garvey to second. Nettles grounded out to third baseman Knight to drive home Gwynn. McReynolds hit a grounder on which Hernandez threw to catcher Carter for an out at home on Garvey. Sisk then got Kennedy to ground out to Hernandez and end the inning.

Stoddard hurled a perfect top of the seventh. Garry Templeton drew a one-out walk in the bottom half. Pinch-hitter Al Bumbry hit a force play grounder to Johnson and advanced to second base on a single by Flannery. Sisk then retired Gwynn on a ground ball to second baseman Backman for the third out of the inning.

Padres’ reliever Greg Booker walked Carter with one out in the top of the eighth. Heep followed with a homer for the Mets’ sixth and seventh runs of the game. Knight popped out to second baseman Flannery and a line drive by Johnson was caught by Nettles to end the inning. Sisk set down all three San Diego batters in the bottom half. Booker then pitched a perfect top of the ninth.

Kennedy grounded out to Backman to start the bottom of the ninth inning. Carmelo Martinez was retired on a ground ball to shortstop Rafael Santana. Sisk then got Templeton on a grounder to Backman that ended the game. The Mets had closed out the weekend series with a victory.