June 7, 1987: Mazzilli's Double Beats Pirates
|Date: June 7, 1987|
|Mets starter: John Mitchell|
|Winning pitcher: Roger McDowell|
|Key player(s): Lee Mazzilli, Darryl Strawberry|
|Key play: Mazzilli's double in 10th|
The Mets and Pirates had a doubleheader on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. In Game 1 of the Banner Day twinbill, the teams went into extra innings. The Mets came out on top, 5-4, on a double by Lee Mazzilli in the tenth.
Mets' starter John Mitchell held the Pirates scoreless for the first six innings. Mitchell allowed only five singles while getting two double play grounders. Meanwhile, the Mets scored a run in the second when Darryl Strawberry led off with a triple and Mazzilli drove him home with a sacrifice fly.
In the top of the seventh, Jim Morrison opened the doors for Pittsburgh with a leadoff single. R. J. Reynolds followed with a home run off Mitchell for a 2-1 Pirate lead. Reynolds drove in another run in the eighth with a single off Jesse Orosco that scored Andy Van Slyke.
Pittsburgh starter Rick Reuschel was taken out after a Len Dykstra single and a walk to Wally Backman started off the bottom of the eighth. Keith Hernandez then got a single off reliever John Smiley to score Dykstra. The Mets tied the game when Backman scored on Gary Carter's groundout against the Pirates' Don Robinson.
Roger McDowell came in to pitch the tenth inning for the Mets. Van Slyke greeted McDowell with a leadoff home run to put the Pirates ahead, 4-3. Roger retired the next three batters to end the inning.
Carter singled off Robinson with one out in the bottom of the tenth. Strawberry followed with a walk and Mazzilli came up to the plate. Lee hit a double to right, scoring pinch-runner Barry Lyons and Strawberry to win the game for the Mets. It was an exciting victory leading up to the parade of banners between games of the doubleheader.