May 26, 1987: Orosco's 100th Save
|Date: May 26, 1987|
|Mets starter: Jeff Innis|
|Winning pitcher: Doug Sisk|
|Key player(s): Lenny Dykstra, Jesse Orosco|
|Key play: Dykstra’s double, Garrelts’s wild pitches|
The Mets faced the Giants on a Tuesday night in San Francisco. The teams played the second of three games in a series at Candlestick Park. Jesse Orosco recorded his 100th career save in a 3-2 Mets win.
After a pair of scoreless innings, San Francisco starter Kelly Downs pitched a perfect top of the third. Chili Davis hit a double with two outs in the bottom half. Jeffrey Leonard singled to drive home Davis and stole second base. Mets’ starter Jeff Innis struck out Candy Maldonado to end the inning and Downs shut down the Mets in the top of the fourth. Leading off the bottom of the inning, Will Clark homered to extend the Giants’ lead to 2-0. Bob Brenly flied out to center fielder Lenny Dykstra and a strikeout of Robby Thompson ensued. Matt Williams singled and advanced to second on a single by Downs. Innis then retired Jose Uribe on a fly ball to left fielder Mookie Wilson for the inning’s final out.
Rafael Santana hit a single to open the top of the fifth. Pinch-hitter Dave Magadan flied out to left fielder Leonard and a double by Dykstra scored Santana. Downs got Wally Backman and Keith Hernandez on consecutive fly balls to Leonard to close out the inning and Mets’ reliever Randy Myers hurled a scoreless bottom half. Darryl Strawberry drew a leadoff walk in the top of the sixth. Downs retired Wilson on a pop-up to shortstop Uribe and a stolen base by Strawberry followed. Darryl moved to third on Howard Johnson’s ground out to second baseman Thompson and a fly ball by Barry Lyons was caught by right fielder Maldonado for the third out. Myers then shut down the Giants in the bottom of the inning.
Santana doubled against San Francisco reliever Jeff Robinson to begin the top of the seventh. Robinson set down the next three batters to end the inning and the Mets’ Doug Sisk yielded only a single to Leonard in the bottom half. Hernandez singled to lead off the top of the eighth. Strawberry drew a walk and Wilson got an infield single to load the bases. Scott Garrelts came in to pitch for the Giants and threw a wild pitch that scored Hernandez with the tying run. Garrelts followed up with strikeouts of both Johnson and Lyons. With Santana at bat, Garrelts threw his second wild pitch to bring home Strawberry and put the Mets ahead by a run. Garrelts then fanned Santana to finish off the inning.
Orosco struck out Clark to start the bottom of the eighth. Brenly flied out to left fielder Lee Mazzilli and a single by Thompson ensued. Pinch-hitter Chris Speier hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Santana to end the inning and Garrelts set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the ninth. Leading off the bottom half, Mike Aldrete grounded out to Santana. Pinch-hitter Bob Melvin was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Strawberry. Orosco then got Davis to fly out to center fielder Wilson (who had shifted from left) for the final out of the game. The Mets had a victory as Jesse became the team’s first reliever ever to reach the 100-save mark.