May 15, 1987: Mets Pound Giants with Hitting Attack

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Date: May 15, 1987
Mets starter: Sid Fernandez
Mets: 8
Giants: 3
Winning pitcher: Sid Fernandez
Key player(s): Sid Fernandez, Darryl Strawberry, Lenny Dykstra
Key play: Strawberry’s home run, Fernandez’s triple, Dykstra’s home run

The Mets faced the Giants on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. The Mets collected five extra-base hits, including three homers, in defeating San Francisco 8-3.

Mets’ starter Sid Fernandez pitched a scoreless top of the first inning. In the bottom half, Lenny Dykstra led off with a walk and stole second base. Giants’ starter Mike Krukow committed a balk and Wally Backman singled to bring home Dykstra from third. On a third strike to Keith Hernandez, Backman was caught stealing on a throw by catcher Bob Brenly to shortstop Matt Williams for a double play. Kevin McReynolds hit an infield single and Darryl Strawberry followed with a two-run homer to extend the Mets’ lead to 3-0. Krukow then struck out Howard Johnson to end the inning.

After a scoreless second, Fernandez retired all three San Francisco batters in the top of the third. Leading off the bottom half, Dykstra homered for the Mets’ fourth run of the game. Krukow set down the next three hitters to end the inning and Fernandez shut down the Giants in the top of the fourth. With one out in the bottom half, Johnson drew a walk and stole second base. Barry Lyons grounded out to third baseman Joel Youngblood and a single by Rafael Santana scored Johnson. Fernandez hit a triple to drive home Santana and make the score 6-0. Dykstra doubled to plate Fernandez with the seventh New York run. San Francisco reliever Greg Minton then came in to pitch and got Backman on an inning-ending ground ball to Williams.

Fernandez and Minton each pitched a scoreless fifth inning. In the top of the sixth, Mets’ reliever Doug Sisk (who had replaced an injured Fernandez) issued a leadoff walk to Mark Wasinger. Chili Davis hit into a force play and Jeffrey Leonard was hit by a pitch. Candy Maldonado hit a force play grounder to first baseman Hernandez and a single by pinch-hitter Mike Aldrete (the Giants’ first hit of the game) scored Davis. Bob Melvin doubled to bring home Maldonado and cut the Mets’ lead to 7-2. Sisk retired Brenly on an inning-ending pop-up to shortstop Santana. San Francisco reliever Jim Gott then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Williams singled off Sisk to open the top of the seventh inning. A sacrifice bunt by Mike Woodard against reliever Roger McDowell advanced Williams to second base. Wasinger singled to drive home Williams and a strikeout of Davis ensued. Leonard hit a single and McDowell fanned Maldonado to end the inning. Gott set down the Mets in order again in the bottom half. McDowell then retired the Giants 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Johnson hit a two-out homer off San Francisco’s Mike LaCoss for the Mets’ eighth run. Lyons grounded to LaCoss for the third out of the inning and pinch-hitter Harry Spilman fouled out to third baseman Johnson to start the top of the ninth. Woodard was retired on a ground ball to Hernandez. McDowell then got Wasinger to fly out to center fielder Dykstra and end the game. The Mets had a series-opening victory with a solid hitting attack.