June 30, 1986: Ojeda Shuts Out Cardinals

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Date: June 30, 1986
Mets starter: Bob Ojeda
Mets: 7
Cardinals: 0
Winning pitcher: Bob Ojeda
Key player(s): Bob Ojeda, Rafael Santana, Gary Carter, Ray Knight
Key play: Mets’ RBI singles

The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Monday night in St. Louis. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. Bob Ojeda pitched a shutout in a 7-0 Mets win.

After a scoreless first inning, Tim Teufel hit a double against Cards’ starter John Tudor with two outs in the top of the second. Rafael Santana singled to drive home Teufel with the first run of the game. On his own hit, Santana moved to second base via a throw to the plate. Ojeda grounded out to shortstop Ozzie Smith to end the inning and retired the side in order in the bottom half. Mookie Wilson got a leadoff double in the top of the third. Kevin Mitchell singled and Keith Hernandez popped out to first baseman Alan Knicely. Gary Carter hit a single to drive home Wilson and a strikeout of George Foster ensued. Ray Knight singled to score Mitchell for a 3-0 Mets lead. Tudor got Teufel on a force play ground ball to third baseman Terry Pendleton for the inning’s final out. Ojeda then shut down the Redbirds in the bottom half.

Tudor pitched a scoreless top of the fourth. Ojeda gave up just a single to Knicely in the bottom of the inning and Mitchell hit a home run to lead off the top of the fifth. Hernandez and Carter both grounded out to Smith and consecutive singles by Foster and Knight followed. Tudor retired Teufel on a fly ball to center fielder Willie McGee that ended the inning and pinch-hitter Jose Oquendo singled with one out in the bottom half. Vince Coleman hit a force play grounder to third baseman Knight and stole both second and third base. Smith drew a walk and stole second. Ojeda then struck out Tommy Herr to finish off the inning.

Redbirds’ reliever Rick Ownbey pitched a scoreless top of the sixth. Ojeda hurled a perfect bottom half and Mitchell drew a walk to open the top of the seventh. Hernandez hit a single to advance Mitchell to third base. Carter followed with a grounder on which Pendleton threw to catcher Mike Heath for an out at home on Mitchell. Ownbey got Foster on a double play ground ball to second baseman Herr to close out the inning and Ojeda retired the Cardinals in order in the bottom half. St. Louis reliever Pat Perry pitched a perfect top of the eighth and a bunt single by Coleman began the bottom of the inning. Coleman stole second base and Smith drew a walk. Herr was retired on a foul pop-up to catcher Carter. Ojeda then got McGee to hit a ground ball to shortstop Santana for an inning-ending double play.

Mitchell and Hernandez got back-to-back singles against Perry with two outs in the top of the ninth. Carter singled to drive home Mitchell and a single by Lenny Dykstra scored Hernandez. Knight singled against the Cardinals’ Ricky Horton to bring home Carter and stretch the Mets’ lead to seven runs. Horton then retired Teufel on a foul pop-up to Smith to end the inning.

Knicely doubled to open the bottom of the ninth. Tito Landrum fouled out to first baseman Hernandez and a fly ball by Heath was caught by left fielder Wilson. Pendleton hit a single to send Knicely to third base. Ojeda then struck out pinch-hitter Curt Ford to end the game. The Mets had a series-opening victory on Bob’s shutout.