June 5, 1986: Ojeda Blanks Bucs on Five Hits

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Date: June 5, 1986
Mets starter: Bob Ojeda
Mets: 7
Pirates: 0
Winning pitcher: Bob Ojeda
Key player(s): Bob Ojeda, George Foster, Tim Teufel, Kevin Mitchell
Key play: Foster’s home run, Teufel’s triple, Mitchell’s single

The Mets faced the Pirates on a Thursday night in Pittsburgh. The teams played the opener of a five-game series. Bob Ojeda pitched a five-hit shutout in a 7-0 Mets win over the Bucs.

Pirates’ starter Bob Kipper hurled a perfect top of the first inning. Ojeda surrendered just a walk to Barry Bonds in the bottom half and Gary Carter singled to open the top of the second. George Foster followed with a home run to give the Mets a 2-0 lead. Ray Knight went down on strikes and Tim Teufel hit a single. Kipper retired Rafael Santana on a pop-up to second baseman Johnny Ray to close out the inning. Ojeda then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Kipper retired all three batters in the top of the third. Ojeda yielded just a double to Sam Khalifa in the bottom of the inning and Knight got a two-out single in the top of the fourth. Teufel tripled to drive home Knight and came home on a single by Santana. Ojeda singled and Mookie Wilson reached second base on right fielder Mike Brown’s error that allowed Santana to score for a 5-0 Mets lead. Kevin Mitchell hit a single to plate Ojeda and Wilson with the sixth and seventh New York runs of the game. On his own hit, Mitchell was caught by third baseman Jim Morrison’s relay throw to Ray for the inning’s final out. With one out in the bottom half, Ray singled and Brown drew a walk. Ojeda then got Lee Mazzilli to hit a ground ball to shortstop Santana for an inning-ending double play.

After a scoreless fifth, Kipper retired the Mets in order in the top of the sixth. Ojeda hurled a perfect bottom half and Pittsburgh reliever Cecilio Guante pitched a scoreless top of the seventh. Bob set down the Bucs 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning and Guante retired all three batters on infield grounders in the top of the eighth. Tony Pena singled to begin the bottom half. Morrison was retired on a fly ball to left fielder Foster. Khalifa reached on second baseman Teufel’s error and a walk to pinch-hitter Junior Ortiz loaded the bases. Ojeda then got Bonds and Bill Almon on consecutive outfield fly balls to finish off the inning.

Bucs’ reliever Pat Clements hurled a perfect top of the ninth. Brown and Mazzilli got back-to-back singles with one out in the bottom half. Ojeda then got Pena to hit a ground ball to Santana for a double play that ended the game. The Mets had a shutout victory on Bob’s five-hitter.