June 28, 1983: Mets Beat Cardinals with 19 Hits

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Date: June 28, 1983
Mets starter: Ed Lynch
Mets: 10
Cardinals: 1
Winning pitcher: Ed Lynch
Key player(s): Hubie Brooks, Mookie Wilson, Darryl Strawberry
Key play: Strawberry's two home runs

The Mets began a series against the Cardinals with a doubleheader on a Tuesday evening. It was a special occasion for Keith Hernandez, who was playing his first games in St. Louis since being traded by the Cards two weeks earlier. In the opener, the Mets pounded out 19 hits (including three by Hernandez) and rolled to a 10-1 win.

Mookie Wilson and Hubie Brooks led off with back-to-back singles against St. Louis starter Bob Forsch in the top of the first inning. Hernandez lined out to center fielder Willie McGee in his first at bat as a visiting player at Busch Stadium. George Foster followed with a double that scored Wilson to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. Forsch retired the next two batters and Mets' starter Ed Lynch pitched a perfect bottom of the inning.

Neither team scored in the second and third innings. Forsch held the Mets without a run despite Brooks' single and a triple by Hernandez. Lynch hurled two more 1-2-3 innings, striking out Forsch to end the bottom of the third. Darryl Strawberry homered to begin the top of the fourth inning for the Mets' second run of the game. Forsch retired Lynch on a force play grounder after Jose Oquendo's single to end the inning. Ed then set down three straight St. Louis hitters after a leadoff single by Tommy Herr in the bottom of the fourth.

Wilson tripled to lead off the top of the fifth inning. Brooks grounded out and Hernandez was give an intentional walk. Forsch retired Foster on an infield fly and Strawberry came up to bat. Darryl clouted his second home run of the game to extend the Mets' lead to 5-0. The Cards then scored in the bottom half when David Green hit a triple and came home on a sacrifice fly by Andy Van Slyke.

In the top of the sixth, Oquendo walked to lead off the inning. Lynch's sacrifice bunt and Wilson's ground out advanced Jose all the way to third base. Oquendo scored on Brooks' double to make it a 6-1 lead for the Mets. For St. Louis, Jim Kaat relieved Forsch and surrendered a single to Hernandez on which Brooks came home. The Cardinals got singles from McGee and Ken Oberkfell in the bottom half, but did not score against Lynch.

The Mets failed to score in the top of the seventh despite singles by Bob Bailor and Oquendo. Lynch shut down the Cards on one hit in the bottom of the inning. Four consecutive singles off Kaat began the top of the eighth for the Mets, the last of which was by Foster to score Wilson. Strawberry's force play grounder plated Brooks and a sacrifice fly by Bailor brought home Hernandez. Ron Hodges added another single for the Mets before the end of the inning. Lynch then pitched a scoreless bottom half after giving up leadoff singles to Jamie Quirk and Herr.

Brooks singled off Kaat for his fifth - and the Mets' 19th - hit of the game in the top of the ninth inning. In the bottom half, reliever Carlos Diaz held the Redbirds scoreless to end the game. The Mets had begun the twinbill with a bold hitting attack that led to an easy victory.