June 9, 1984: Foster's Hits Lead Mets Over Expos
|Date: June 9, 1984|
|Mets starter: Ron Darling|
|Winning pitcher: Ron Darling|
|Key player(s): George Foster, Mookie Wilson, Ron Darling, Jesse Orosco|
|Key play: Foster’s homer and double, Wilson’s home run|
The Mets faced the Expos in a doubleheader on a Saturday evening in Montreal. The teams played a two-hour and forty-seven minute opener of the twinbill at Olympic Stadium. George Foster drove in three runs with a pair of extra-base hits in a 5-3 Mets win.
Expos’ starter David Palmer pitched a perfect top of the first inning. With two outs in the bottom half, Tim Raines drew a walk against the Mets’ Ron Darling. Raines stole second base and advanced to third on an error by catcher Ron Hodges. Trying to score on the play, Raines was out at home via a throw by shortstop Jose Oquendo to Hodges to end the inning. Foster homered with one out in the top of the second for a 1-0 New York lead. Palmer then got Hubie Brooks to fly out to center fielder Raines and retired Hodges on a ground ball to third baseman Tim Wallach that closed out the inning.
Gary Carter hit a home run to lead off the bottom of the second. Darling set down the next two Montreal batters and a single by Mike Stenhouse ensued. Doug Flynn grounded out to Oquendo to end the inning. To begin the top of the third, Oquendo drew a walk and moved to second base on Darling’s sacrifice bunt. Palmer retired Wally Backman and Mookie Wilson on consecutive infield grounders for the inning’s final outs. In the bottom half, Bryan Little drew a one-out walk and advanced to third base on a double by Terry Francona. Raines was retired on a pop-up to Oquendo. Darling then got Carter to ground out to third baseman Brooks and finish off the inning.
Keith Hernandez and Darryl Strawberry drew back-to-back walks to open the top of the fourth. Foster followed with a double to drive home Hernandez and Strawberry, putting the Mets ahead by two runs. Brooks drew a walk and Palmer was replaced on the mound by Expos’ reliever Dan Schatzeder. Hodges reached on an error by Schatzeder to load the bases. Oquendo hit a sacrifice fly to score Foster and increase the Mets’ lead to 4-1. Schatzeder got Darling on a ground ball to shortstop Flynn for an inning-ending double play. Ron then set down the side in order in the bottom half.
Schatzeder retired the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the fifth inning. In the bottom half, Flynn got a leadoff single and went to second base on Schatzeder’s sacrifice bunt. Little popped out to Oquendo and a single by Francona followed. On the hit, Oquendo made an error that allowed Flynn to come home. Darling then got Raines on a ground ball to Oquendo for the third out of the inning.
Darling and Schatzeder each pitched scoreless ball in the sixth and seventh. Leading off the top of the eighth, Wilson homered against Montreal reliever Gary Lucas for a 5-2 Mets lead. Hernandez went down on strikes and Strawberry flied out to Raines. Foster singled and moved to third base on a single by Brooks. Lucas retired pinch-hitter Mike Fitzgerald on a fly ball to right fielder Andre Dawson to end the inning. For New York, reliever Doug Sisk hurled a scoreless bottom half.
Expos’ reliever Jeff Reardon yielded only a double to Jerry Martin in the top of the ninth. Flynn singled against Sisk with one out in the bottom of the inning. Derrel Thomas drew a walk and Ron Johnson hit a single that plated Flynn for the third Montreal run. Jesse Orosco came in to pitch for the Mets and retired Francona on a foul pop-up to catcher Fitzgerald. Orosco then struck out Raines to end the game. The Mets had a victory to start the doubleheader.