May 12, 1984: Sisk's Relief Stifles Dodgers

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Date: May 12, 1984
Mets starter: Ed Lynch
Mets: 4
Dodgers: 3
Winning pitcher: Ed Lynch
Key player(s): Ed Lynch, Mike Fitzgerald, Doug Sisk
Key play: Fitzgerald’s RBI single

The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles. The teams played the second of three games in a weekend series. Doug Sisk provided four innings of scoreless relief to preserve a 4-3 Mets win.

Wally Backman singled against Dodgers’ starter Alejandro Pena to lead off the top of the first inning. Jose Oquendo hit a single to advance Backman to third base and stole second. Keith Hernandez followed with a sacrifice fly to drive home Backman with the first run of the game. Pena retired George Foster and Darryl Strawberry on consecutive infield ground balls to end the inning and Steve Sax hit a leadoff single in the bottom half. Terry Whitfield flied out to right fielder Strawberry and a single by Ken Landreaux moved Sax to third. Pinch-hitter Franklin Stubbs was struck out and Pedro Guerrero singled to score Sax with the tying run. Mets’ starter Ed Lynch then got Rick Monday on a fly ball to center fielder Mookie Wilson for the inning’s final out.

Wilson hit a double to begin the top of the second. Mookie advanced to third base on Hubie Brooks’ ground out to third baseman Guerrero and scored on a single by Mike Fitzgerald for a 2-1 Mets lead. Lynch hit a force play grounder to Pena and went to third on a single by Backman. Pena retired Oquendo on a ground ball to second baseman Sax that closed out the inning. Lynch then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

With one out in the top of the third, Foster homered for the Mets’ third run of the game. Strawberry and Wilson grounded out to shortstop Bob Bailor for the final outs of the inning and Whitfield doubled to open the bottom half. Landreaux popped out to second baseman Backman and a double by Stubbs plated Whitfield to reduce the New York lead to 3-2. Guerrero was retired on a fly ball to left fielder Foster. Lynch then got Monday to pop out to shortstop Oquendo and finish off the inning.

To begin the top of the fourth, Brooks singled and advanced to third base on a single by Fitzgerald. Lynch followed with a force play ground ball to Bailor that brought home Brooks with the Mets’ fourth run. Lynch moved to second on catcher Jack Fimple’s error and to third on Backman’s fly out to left fielder Stubbs. Oquendo drew a walk and Pena retired Hernandez on an inning-ending fly ball to Stubbs. Lynch then set down the Dodgers in order in the bottom half.

Despite allowing singles to Wilson and Brooks, Los Angeles reliever Orel Hershiser hurled a scoreless top of the fifth inning. Sax hit a double to lead off the bottom half. Lynch retired the next three Dodgers hitters to close out the inning and singled to open the top of the sixth. Backman flied out to Stubbs and a wild pitch advanced Lynch to second base. Oquendo grounded out to Bailor and a walk to Hernandez ensued. Hershiser then got Foster to hit a grounder to first baseman Monday for the final out of the inning.

Guerrero and Monday got back-to-back singles against Lynch to begin the bottom of the sixth. Sisk came in to pitch for the Mets and issued a walk to Bailor that loaded the bases. Fimple hit a double play ground ball to shortstop Ron Gardenhire on which Guerrero came home to cut the Mets’ lead to one run. Sisk retired pinch-hitter Jose Morales on a grounder to Backman to finish off the inning and Los Angeles reliever Pat Zachry pitched a perfect top of the seventh. Sisk then set down the Dodgers in order in the bottom half.

Zachry retired the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth inning. Monday hit a two-out single in the bottom half. With Bailor at bat, pinch-runner Rafael Landestoy was caught on a steal attempt via a throw by catcher Fitzgerald to Backman for the third out of the inning. Zachry hurled a perfect top of the ninth and Bailor grounded out to Backman to lead off the bottom half. Pinch-hitter Steve Yeager went down on strikes. Sisk then got pinch-hitter Candy Maldonado on a ground ball to third baseman Brooks for the game’s final out. The Mets had a victory on Doug’s outstanding relief.