June 22, 1983: Mets Complete DH Sweep of Redbirds

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Date: June 22, 1983
Mets starter: Mike Torrez
Mets: 2
Cardinals: 1
Winning pitcher: Mike Torrez
Key player(s): Mike Torrez, Jesse Orosco, Hubie Brooks, Brian Giles
Key play: Brooks’ double, Giles’ single

The Mets and Cardinals faced each other in a doubleheader on a Wednesday evening. After winning the opener of the twinbill at Shea Stadium, the Mets aimed for a sweep in the nightcap. Mike Torrez and Jesse Orosco teamed up for a six-hitter in a 2-1 Mets win over St. Louis.

Torrez pitched a perfect top of the first inning. To begin the bottom half, Mookie Wilson hit a single and stole second base. Hubie Brooks followed with a double to drive home Wilson with the first run of the game. Keith Hernandez grounded out to third baseman Ken Oberkfell and a walk to Rusty Staub ensued. Darryl Strawberry flied out to left fielder Andy Van Slyke and a walk to Bob Bailor loaded the bases. Brian Giles singled to score Brooks for a 2-0 Mets lead. Junior Ortiz then grounded back to Cards’ starter Joaquin Andujar for the third out of the inning.

George Hendrick singled to lead off the top of the second. Willie McGee and David Green followed with singles to load the bases and Jamie Quirk went down on strikes. Ozzie Smith hit a ground ball on which Torrez threw to catcher Ortiz for an out at home on Hendrick. On the play, Ortiz made an errant throw that allowed McGee to score. Torrez threw a called third strike past Andujar to finish off the inning. Andujar then retired all three Mets batters in the bottom half.

From the third inning to the seventh, Torrez and Andujar each pitched scoreless ball. A single by McGee, a double by Green and a pair of walks to Van Slyke was all the Redbirds got against Mike during the five-inning stretch. Meanwhile, Andujar limited the Mets to a sixth-inning single by Hernandez. To begin the top of the eighth inning, Orosco threw a called third strike past Smith. Pinch-hitter Rafael Santana grounded out to shortstop Bailor and a single by Tommy Herr followed. Pinch-hitter Floyd Rayford was retired on an inning-ending grounder to second baseman Giles. St. Louis reliever Dave Von Ohlen then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Orosco got Van Slyke on a called third strike to start the top of the ninth inning. Hendrick was retired on a ground ball back to Orosco. Jesse then struck out McGee to end the game. The Mets had a victory and a sweep of the doubleheader.