June 5, 1984: Terrell Shuts Out Pirates

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Date: June 5, 1984
Mets starter: Walt Terrell
Mets: 3
Pirates: 0
Winning pitcher: Walt Terrell
Key player(s): Walt Terrell, Mike Fitzgerald, Keith Hernandez
Key play: Fitzgerald’s sacrifice fly, Hernandez’s double

The Mets faced the Pirates on a Tuesday night in Pittsburgh. The teams played the second of three games in a series at Three Rivers Stadium. Walt Terrell pitched a shutout in a 3-0 Mets win over the Bucs.

After three scoreless innings, Pirates’ starter Jose DeLeon yielded only a single to Keith Hernandez in the top of the fourth. Lee Mazzilli drew a walk to begin the bottom half. Bill Madlock hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Jose Oquendo and a single by Jason Thompson ensued. Johnny Ray singled to load the bases and Tony Pena popped out to second baseman Wally Backman. Terrell then struck out Lee Lacy to finish off the inning.

George Foster drew a walk to open the top of the fifth. Foster advanced to second base on Hubie Brooks’ ground out to second baseman Ray and to third on catcher Pena’s passed ball. Mike Fitzgerald followed with a sacrifice fly to bring home Foster for a 1-0 Mets lead. DeLeon retired Oquendo on an inning-ending grounder to shortstop Dale Berra. Terrell then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

A double by Terrell began the top of the sixth. Walt moved to third base on Backman’s ground out to Ray and stayed there on Mookie Wilson’s infield single. Hernandez reached on an error by Ray to drive home Terrell and extend the Mets’ lead to 2-0. Darryl Strawberry drew a walk to load the bases and Foster went down on strikes. DeLeon got Brooks to hit a force play grounder to Berra that ended the inning. Terrell then shut down the Bucs in the bottom half.

DeLeon retired the side 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh. Terrell surrendered just a walk to Pena in the bottom of the inning and Backman singled to lead off the top of the eighth. Wally stole second base and Wilson grounded out to Berra. Hernandez hit a double to drive home Backman with the Mets’ third run of the game. Strawberry was walked intentionally and DeLeon was replaced on the mound by Pittsburgh reliever Kent Tekulve. Foster was retired on a line drive to Berra, who threw to first baseman Thompson for an out on Strawberry and an inning-ending double play. With two outs in the bottom half, Mazzilli singled and advanced to third on a double by Madlock. Terrell then retired Thompson on a ground ball to Oquendo for the inning’s final out.

Tekulve gave up just a double to Brooks in the top of the ninth. Ray singled to open the bottom half. Pena followed with a ground ball Backman for a double play. Terrell then got pinch-hitter Benny Distefano to fly out to left fielder Foster and end the game. The Mets had a victory on Walt’s shutout.