May 20, 1984: Sacrifice Flies in 10th Beat Padres

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Date: May 20, 1984
Mets starter: Mike Torrez
Mets: 4
Padres: 2
Winning pitcher: Jesse Orosco
Key player(s): Darryl Strawberry, Jesse Orosco, Kelvin Chapman, George Foster
Key play: Strawberry’s single, Gwynn’s error, Chapman’s and Foster’s sacrifice flies

The Mets faced the Padres on a Sunday afternoon in San Diego. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. A pair of sacrifice flies in the 10th inning gave the Mets a 4-2 win.

Mike Torrez and the Padres’ Tim Lollar each started the game with four scoreless innings pitched. Leading off the top of the fifth, Jerry Martin hit a home run for a 1-0 Mets lead. Junior Ortiz fouled out to first baseman Steve Garvey and a walk to Torrez ensued. Kelvin Chapman was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Tony Gwynn. Lollar then got Ron Gardenhire to hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Garry Templeton for the inning’s third out.

Tim Flannery drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the fifth. Flannery advanced to second base on a wild pitch and came around to score on a single by Bruce Bochy. Lollar singled and Alan Wiggins drew a walk that loaded the bases. Gwynn hit a single to bring home Bochy and put the Padres ahead, 2-1. Bobby Brown followed with a grounder on which Torrez threw to catcher Ortiz for an out at home on Lollar. Ortiz then threw to first baseman Keith Hernandez to complete an inning-ending double play.

Lollar and Mets’ reliever Brent Gaff each pitched one-hit scoreless ball in the sixth and seventh innings. The Mets were shut down by Lollar once again in the top of the eighth and New York’s Doug Sisk surrendered only a walk to Carmelo Martinez in the bottom half. George Foster singled against San Diego reliever Rich Gossage to begin the top of the ninth. Mookie Wilson hit a force play grounder to second baseman Wiggins and advanced to third base on Hubie Brooks’s single to right field. Pinch-hitter Darryl Strawberry singled to bring home Wilson and tie the game at 2-2. Pinch-hitter Rusty Staub popped out to Garvey, who followed up with a throw to catcher Bochy for an out at the plate on Brooks that ended the inning. Sisk and Mets’ reliever Jesse Orosco then combined for a scoreless bottom half to send the game onward.

Against the Padres’ Craig Lefferts to open the top of the 10th, Orosco reached third base on an error by center fielder Gwynn (who had shifted from right.) Chapman hit a sacrifice fly to score Orosco for a 3-2 Mets lead. Gardenhire singled and moved to third on a single by Hernandez. Foster followed with a sacrifice fly that plated Gardenhire with the fourth New York run. Lefferts then retired Wilson on a fly ball to right fielder Kurt Bevacqua for the third out of the inning.

Garvey grounded out to shortstop Gardenhire to lead off the bottom of the 10th. Martinez drew a walk and Templeton hit a force play grounder to third baseman Brooks. Orosco then got pinch-hitter Kevin McReynolds on a force play ground ball to second baseman Chapman to end the game. The Mets had an extra-inning victory to conclude the series.