June 9, 1984: Torrez's Last Win Gives Mets Sweep
|Date: June 9, 1984|
|Mets starter: Mike Torrez|
|Winning pitcher: Mike Torrez|
|Key player(s): Darryl Strawberry, Junior Ortiz, Mike Torrez|
|Key play: Strawberry’s single, Ortiz’s two-run double, Torrez’s single|
The Mets and Expos played a doubleheader on a Saturday evening in Montreal. After winning the opener of the twinbill, the Mets aimed for a sweep in the nightcap. Mike Torrez recorded the final win of his major league career in a 6-5 Mets victory.
Mookie Wilson singled against Expos’ starter Andy McGaffigan to lead off the top of the first inning. Kelvin Chapman hit a single to advance Wilson to third base and stole second. Keith Hernandez went down on strikes and Darryl Strawberry singled to drive home Wilson and Chapman. McGaffigan got Hubie Brooks on an inning-ending double play grounder to shortstop Doug Flynn and a single by Derrel Thomas opened the bottom half. Jim Wohlford flied out to right fielder Strawberry and a foul pop-up by Terry Francona was caught by catcher Junior Ortiz. An ensuing home run by Gary Carter tied the game at 2-2. Mets’ starter Torrez then retired Andre Dawson on a ground ball to shortstop Ron Gardenhire for the third out.
After scoreless second and third innings, Hernandez singled to begin the top of the fourth. Strawberry was struck out and Brooks hit a double on which second baseman Thomas made an error that allowed Hernandez to score. Danny Heep was given an intentional walk. Ortiz followed with a double to plate Brooks and Heep for a 5-2 Mets lead. Gardenhire went down on strikes and Torrez singled to bring home Ortiz with the sixth New York run of the game. McGaffigan then fanned Wilson for the inning’s final out.
With two outs in the bottom of the fourth, pinch-hitter Bryan Little drew a walk and Thomas followed with a single. Wohlford doubled to bring home Little and Thomas, cutting the Mets’ lead to 6-4. Francona grounded out to second baseman Chapman to end the inning and Montreal reliever Bob James pitched a perfect top of the fifth. Torrez surrendered only a walk to Chris Speier in the bottom of the inning. James then set down the side in order again in the top of the sixth.
Bobby Ramos hit a leadoff double in the bottom of the sixth inning. A wild pitch moved Ramos to third base and James was struck out. Thomas hit a sacrifice fly to score Ramos with the Expos’ fifth run. Torrez got Wohlford on a fly ball to left fielder Heep to close out the inning. James hurled a scoreless top of the seventh and Francona singled against Mets’ reliever Tim Leary begin the bottom half. Leary retired the next two batters and a single by pinch-hitter Mike Stanhouse ensued. Tim then got Flynn to foul out to first baseman Hernandez and finish off the inning.
Hernandez doubled against Montreal reliever Gary Lucas to open the top of the eighth. Strawberry flied out to left fielder Francona and an intentional walk to Brooks followed. Pinch-hitter Jerry Martin hit a grounder to shortstop Flynn for an inning-ending double play and Leary pitched a perfect bottom half. Leading off the top of the ninth, Ortiz hit his second double of the game. Gardenhire hit a ground ball on which Lucas threw to third baseman Tim Wallach for an out on Ortiz. Pinch-hitter George Foster popped out to Thomas and a stolen base by Gardenhire ensued. Lucas then got Wilson to foul out to left fielder Miguel Dilone and end the inning.
Mets’ reliever Jesse Orosco retired Wohlford on a fly ball to Strawberry to begin the bottom of the ninth. Francona flied out to left fielder Martin. Orosco then got Carter on a fly ball to Martin that brought the game to an end. The Mets had a sweep of the doubleheader as Torrez chalked up his last win as a major leaguer.