June 23, 1983: Brooks Leads Mets to Comeback Win

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Date: June 23, 1983
Mets starter: Ed Lynch
Mets: 7
Cardinals: 5
Winning pitcher: Carlos Diaz
Key player(s): Hubie Brooks, Junior Ortiz, Doug Sisk
Key play: Brooks’ single and home run, Ortiz’s single

The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Thursday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a six-game series over a span of four days. Hubie Brooks drove in four runs in leading the Mets to a 7-5 win over St. Louis.

In the top of the first inning, Willie McGee led off with an infield single and moved to second base on Mets’ starter Ed Lynch’s balk. Steve Braun flied out to left fielder George Foster and a single by Andy Van Slyke brought home McGee. Van Slyke stole second and Darrell Porter flied out to Foster. Lynch retired David Green on an inning-ending ground ball to second baseman Brian Giles. The Mets had two runners on base with two outs in the bottom half. Cardinals’ starter John Stuper then threw a called third strike past Darryl Strawberry for the third out.

Ken Oberkfell reached on Giles’ error to open the top of the second. A single by Floyd Rayford moved Oberkfell to third base. Ozzie Smith hit a double play grounder to shortstop Bob Bailor on which Oberkfell scored the Redbirds’ second run. Lynch got Stuper on a ground ball to first baseman Keith Hernandez to end the inning. Stuper then shut down the Mets in the bottom half.

Braun singled to right field to open the top of the third inning. Van Slyke followed with a home run to stretch the St. Louis lead to 4-0. Porter popped out to Giles and a walk to Green ensued. With Carlos Diaz on the mound for the Mets, Green stole second base and Oberkfell walked. Diaz threw a wild pitch to advance the runners to second and third base. Carlos then struck out Rayford to finish off the inning.

Diaz drew a walk and moved to second on Mookie Wilson’s single to begin the bottom of the third. Brooks singled to score Diaz with the Mets’ first run of the game. Cardinals’ reliever Dave Von Ohlen got Hernandez on a called third strike and gave up a double to Foster that brought home Wilson. Strawberry grounded out to first baseman Van Slyke to plate Brooks and cut the Cards’ lead to 4-3. Bailor flied out to right fielder Green to end the inning. Diaz then shut down St. Louis in the top of the fourth.

Giles began the bottom of the fourth inning with a double to left field. An ensuing single by Junior Ortiz drove home Giles with the tying run. Pinch-hitter Dave Kingman singled and Wilson hit into a force play. Brooks hit a three-run homer to put the Mets ahead, 7-4. Hernandez singled to right field and Cards’ reliever Jeff Lahti retired Foster on a ground ball to third baseman Rayford. Strawberry then grounded out to Van Slyke to end the inning.

Mets’ reliever Doug Sisk pitched scoreless ball in the fifth and sixth innings. Lahti did the same for St. Louis in the bottom halves. Green singled with two outs in the top of the seventh. Oberkfell followed with a single on which right fielder Strawberry made an error that allowed Green to score. Rayford grounded out to Brooks to finish off the inning. Lahti pitched a scoreless bottom half and Sisk yielded only a double to Tommy Herr in the top of the eighth. Cardinals’ reliever Jim Kaat then shut down the Mets in the bottom of the inning.

Van Slyke grounded out to Bailor to open the top of the ninth. Porter was retired on a ground ball to Hernandez and a walk to Green followed. Sisk then retired pinch-hitter George Hendrick on a grounder to Bailor for the final out of the game. The Mets had a comeback win for their fourth victory of the six-game series.