May 19, 1985: Gorman and McDowell Four-Hit Giants

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Date: May 19, 1985
Mets starter: Tom Gorman
Mets: 3
Giants: 2
Winning pitcher: Tom Gorman
Key player(s): Tom Gorman, Roger McDowell, Howard Johnson
Key play: Johnson’s two-run single

The Mets faced the Giants on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Tom Gorman and Roger McDowell combined on a four-hitter in a 3-2 Mets win over San Francisco.

Dan Gladden drew a walk to lead off the top of the first inning. Manny Trillo popped out to shortstop Rafael Santana and a two-run homer by Jeffrey Leonard followed. Chili Davis walked and Chris Brown popped out first baseman Keith Hernandez. With David Green at bat, Davis was caught in a rundown on Gorman’s pickoff throw and tagged by Hernandez for the third out. Giants’ starter Jim Gott then retired the side in order in the bottom half.

Gorman and Gott each pitched two-hit scoreless ball from the second inning to the fifth. Tom hurled a perfect top of the sixth and Santana reached on third baseman Brown’s error to begin the bottom half. San Francisco reliever Mark Davis struck out pinch-hitter Ron Gardenhire. Pinch-hitter Kelvin Chapman singled and Mookie Wilson flied out to center fielder Gladden. Hernandez drew a walk that loaded the bases. With pinch-hitter Gary Carter at bat against the Giants’ Scott Garrelts, a passed ball by catcher Alex Trevino allowed Santana to come home. Carter walked to load the bases once again and Howard Johnson hit a single to score Chapman and Hernandez, putting the Mets ahead by a run. Garrelts then struck out John Christensen to finish off the inning.

McDowell surrendered just a walk to Trevino in the top of the seventh. San Francisco reliever Greg Minton pitched a scoreless bottom half and Gladden walked to open the top of the eighth. Trillo followed with a force play bunt back to McDowell, who then got Leonard to hit a ground ball to Santana for an inning-ending double play. Wilson singled with one out in the bottom half. Minton then retired Hernandez on a grounder to Brown and fanned McDowell for the inning’s final out.

Chili Davis grounded out to Hernandez to begin the top of the ninth. Brown went down on strikes and Green singled for the Giants’ fourth hit. McDowell then got pinch-hitter Scot Thompson to ground out to second baseman Chapman and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a series-closing victory.