May 6, 1983: The 4-Homer Comeback
|Date: May 6, 1983|
|Mets starter: Tom Seaver|
|Winning pitcher: Jesse Orosco|
|Key player(s): Hubie Brooks, George Foster|
|Key play: Heep's, Kingman's, Brooks' & Foster's home runs|
The highly-touted Darryl Strawberry made his major league debut for the Mets in a Friday night game at Shea Stadium. Darryl went hitless in four official at bats against the Reds. However, he did score the winning run as the Mets hit four homers to pull out a dramatic 7-4 win in 13 innings.
Tom Seaver and Cincinnati's Mario Soto locked up in a scoreless duel for five innings. Leadoff singles in the third by Dave Concepcion and Jose Oquendo were the only hits allowed by Seaver and Soto, respectively. In each case, the runner was left on base.
In the sixth inning, Gary Redus homered off Seaver to give the Reds a 1-0 lead. Two more Cincinnati runs came home in the seventh on RBI singles by Alex Trevino and Soto. Seaver struck out Redus to end the inning and followed up by retiring the Reds in order in the top of the eighth.
Danny Heep came up to pinch-hit for Oquendo with two out in the bottom of the eighth. Danny hit a home run to cut the Cincinnati lead to 3-1. In the ninth, Wally Backman singled in between Soto's strikeouts of Mookie Wilson and Strawberry. With the Mets an out away from defeat, Dave Kingman walloped a two-run homer to tie the game. Soto then got George Foster for his 12th strikeout of the game to send it to extra innings.
Facing reliever Carlos Diaz in the tenth, Redus tripled with two out and scored on Eddie Milner's double to put the Reds ahead, 4-3. In the bottom of the inning, Cincinnati's Tom Hume retired the first two batters, but Hubie Brooks got him for a home run to retie the game. It was the Mets' third home run in as many innings, the second of which came with two out to extend the game.
Jesse Orosco came in to pitch for the Mets in the top of the 11th. Orosco retired the Reds in order and did so again in the 12th and 13th innings. In the bottom of the 11th, the Mets did not score after loading the bases against Hume, who then pitched a perfect 12th.
Strawberry drew a two-out walk from the Reds' Bill Scherrer in the bottom of the 13th. Darryl stole second base before Scherrer walked Mike Jorgensen. Foster then delivered a three-run homer off reliever Frank Pastore to end the game. The Mets had an exciting victory with lot of timely slugging.
- Kingman's home run was the 2,000th in Mets history