June 20, 1986: Ten-Hit Attack Pounds Cubs
|Date: June 20, 1986|
|Mets starter: Sid Fernandez|
|Winning pitcher: Sid Fernandez|
|Key player(s): Gary Carter, Keith Hernandez, Ed Hearn|
|Key play: Mets’ home runs|
The Mets faced the Cubs on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. The team played the opener of a three-game series. The Mets collected a total of ten hits in a 10-3 win over Chicago.
Sid Fernandez and the Cubs’ Scott Sanderson each pitched three scoreless and hitless innings to start the game. Ryne Sandberg singled with one out in the top of the fourth. Keith Moreland drew a walk and a wild pitch advanced the runners to second and third base. Jody Davis was walked intentionally to load the bases and Leon Durham’s sacrifice fly drove home Sandberg. A single by Ron Cey scored Moreland for a 2-0 Cubs lead. Jerry Mumphrey hit a single on which Davis tried to score. Center fielder Mookie Wilson threw to catcher Gary Carter for an out at home on Davis that ended the inning.
Wilson singled to lead off the bottom of the fourth. Wally Backman hit a single and moved to third base on Keith Hernandez’s single that brought home Wilson. Darryl Strawberry went down on strikes and Carter followed with a sacrifice fly to plate Backman with the tying run. George Foster was struck out to finish off the inning and Fernandez shut down the Cubs in the top of the fifth. Sanderson then yielded only a double to Kevin Mitchell in the bottom half.
Fernandez hurled a perfect top of the sixth. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Hernandez homered to give the Mets a 3-2 lead. Strawberry flied out to right fielder Moreland and a single by Carter ensued. Foster was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Mumphrey for the inning’s third out. Fernandez then retired all three Chicago batters in the top of the seventh.
To begin the bottom of the seventh inning, Ray Knight tripled against Cubs’ reliever Ray Fontenot. Knight scored on a wild pitch and Mitchell drew a walk. Pinch-hitter Ed Hearn reached third base on Fontenot’s error that allowed Mitchell to come home. Mitchell grounded out to shortstop Shawon Dunston and pinch-hitter Tim Teufel doubled off Chicago’s Jay Baller to drive home Hearn. Teufel advanced to third after Hernandez’s fly out to Mumphrey and an intentional walk to Strawberry followed. Carter slugged a three-run homer to increase the Mets’ lead to 9-2. Baller then issued a walk to Foster and retired Knight on a fly ball to Mumphrey to close out the inning.
Mets’ reliever Roger McDowell pitched a scoreless top of the eighth. With one out in the bottom half, Hearn homered for the Mets’ tenth run and tenth hit of the game. Baller got Wilson to fly out to Mumphrey and struck out Teufel to end the inning. Pinch-hitter Thad Bosley drew a one-out walk in the top of the ninth. Bosley moved around to third base on a pair of balks and scored the Cubs’ third run on a single by Dunston. Gary Matthews hit a force play ground ball to third baseman Knight. McDowell then retired Sandberg on a foul pop-up to first baseman Hernandez for the game’s final out. The Mets had a solid victory to start the weekend series.