June 9, 1983: Bailor's Double in 11th Beats Cubs

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Date: June 9, 1983
Mets starter: Ed Lynch
Mets: 6
Cubs: 4
Winning pitcher: Jesse Orosco
Key player(s): Mookie Wilson, Mike Jorgensen, Bob Bailor
Key play: Wilson’s triple, Bailor’s double

The Mets faced the Cubs on a Thursday afternoon in Chicago. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Bob Bailor hit a two-run double in the 11th inning to give the Mets a 6-4 win.

Cubs’ starter Dick Ruthven gave up just a single to Mookie Wilson in the top of the first. Mel Hall singled against the Mets’ Ed Lynch to lead off the bottom half. Ryne Sandberg hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Jose Oquendo and advanced to third base on a single by Bill Buckner. Ron Cey grounded out to Oquendo to drive home Sandberg for a 1-0 Chicago lead. Lynch then retired Jay Johnstone on a pop-up to second baseman Brian Giles to end the inning.

Ruthven held the Mets without a run or a hit from the second inning to the fifth. Lynch responded by pitching six-hit shutout ball in the bottom halves and Ruthven hurled a scoreless top of the sixth. Johnstone hit a home run to lead off the bottom of the inning. Keith Moreland was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Darryl Strawberry. Larry Bowa drew a walk and Jody Davis hit a single. Lynch then got Ruthven on a ground ball to first baseman Dave Kingman for an inning-ending double play.

Ruthven surrendered just a walk to Kingman in the top of the seventh. Hall drew a walk against Lynch to begin the bottom half. Sandberg followed with a double on which Hall was out at home via a throw by Strawberry to catcher Ron Hodges. On the throw to the plate, Sandberg advanced to third base. Mets’ reliever Carlos Diaz got Buckner to fly out to Strawberry and hit Cey with a pitch. Pinch-hitter Gary Woods singled to score Sandberg and increase the Cubs’ lead to 3-0. New York’s Doug Sisk then got Moreland on a force play grounder to Oquendo that finished off the inning.

Pinch-hitter Mike Jorgensen doubled against Ruthven to lead off the top of the eighth. Pinch-hitter Danny Heep walked and advanced to third base on pinch-hitter Rusty Staub’s double that scored Jorgensen. Wilson hit a triple off Chicago reliever Bill Campbell, bringing home both Heep and pinch-runner Bailor to tie the game. Hubie Brooks grounded out to third baseman Cey and a strikeout of Strawberry followed. George Foster singled to plate Wilson and put the Mets ahead, 4-3. Kingman hit a double and the Cubs’ Lee Smith fanned Hodges to close out the inning. Mets’ reliever Neil Allen then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Smith retired the side in order in the top of the ninth. Sandberg drew a walk to open the bottom of the inning. Buckner followed with a single that sent Sandberg to third base. Cey hit a double play ground ball to shortstop Bailor on which Sandberg came home with the tying run. Allen then got pinch-hitter Jerry Morales on a pop-up to first baseman Jorgensen for the inning’s final out.

Chicago reliever Mike Proly yielded only a double to Strawberry in the top of the 10th. For the Mets, reliever Jesse Orosco pitched a perfect bottom half. Jorgensen hit a two-out double in the top of the 11th. Heep was given an intentional walk and Bailor came to bat. Bob connected for a double that drove home Jorgensen and Heep for a two-run New York lead. Proly then retired Wilson on a grounder to first baseman Buckner to end the inning.

Scot Thompson grounded out to Jorgensen to begin the bottom of the 11th. Hall hit a single and Sandberg flied out to center fielder Wilson. Orosco then got Buckner to pop out to second baseman Tucker Ashford and bring the game to an end. The Mets had an extra-inning victory to close out the series.