May 27, 1987: Strawberry and Carter Homer in 9th
|Date: May 27, 1987|
|Mets starter: David Cone|
|Winning pitcher: Roger McDowell|
|Key player(s): Darryl Strawberry, Gary Carter|
|Key play: Cone hit by pitch in 5th, Strawberry's & Carter's home runs|
The Mets and Giants played the last game of a series in San Francisco on a Wednesday afternoon. David Cone pitched four innings for the Mets, but was forced to leave the game after getting hit by a pitch. The Mets came away with a 4-3 win on home runs by Darryl Strawberry and Gary Carter in the ninth inning.
Cone allowed a run and two hits in his four innings on the mound. The Giants scored on Robby Thompson's second inning single that brought home Bob Brenly. The Mets took a 2-1 lead when Strawberry homered off San Francisco's Atlee Hammaker with Keith Hernandez on base in the fourth.
Rafael Santana got a one-out single in the top of the fifth. Cone then came to bat and was hit on the hand by Hammaker's pitch. Although David stayed in the game to run the bases, he had to be replaced by Terry Leach in the bottom of the inning. Cone would miss the next 11 weeks of the season.
Leach set down the Giants in order in the fifth and sixth innings. In the seventh, Roger McDowell pitched a perfect inning for a total of 11 straight batters retired by Mets' pitchers. Meanwhile, Hammaker shut down the New York hitters with only two additional hits.
Mike Aldrete opened the bottom of the eighth inning with a single off McDowell. Following a sacrifice bunt and a strikeout, Aldrete scored on a double by Jeffrey Leonard to tie the game. Candy Maldonado then singled to bring home Leonard for a 3-2 San Francisco lead.
Mark Davis relieved Hammaker to begin the top of the ninth. Strawberry greeted Davis with his second home run to tie the game for the Mets. Carter followed immediately with a homer off reliever Jeff Robinson to put the Mets in front. McDowell then retired two Giant batters in the bottom of the inning before Jesse Orosco struck out Joel Youngblood to end the game. The Mets had a comeback win for a sweep of the three games at Candlestick Park.