May 8, 1983: Foster's Homer Highlights Comeback
|Date: May 8, 1983|
|Mets starter: Scott Holman|
|Winning pitcher: Jesse Orosco|
|Key player(s): George Foster, Neil Allen, Mookie Wilson|
|Key play: Foster's three-run homer in 7th|
The Mets faced the Reds on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. After falling behind early, the Mets staged a rally to come up with a win. George Foster's three-run homer put the Mets ahead to stay in a 10-5 triumph over Cincinnati.
The Reds got off to a quick start against Mets' starter Scott Holman. Gary Redus led off the first inning with a single, stole second base and scored on a double by Eddie Milner. Holman walked Dave Concepcion and allowed a single to Johnny Bench that brought home Milner. Following a force play grounder, Ron Oester hit a three-run homer for a 5-0 Cincinnati lead. Holman was then replaced by reliever Carlos Diaz.
In the bottom of the second inning, Foster tripled off Reds' starter Rich Gale. With one out, Brian Giles singled to bring home George for the Mets' first run of the game. Giles moved to second base on Gale's balk and advanced to third on an infield out. After a walk to Jose Oquendo, pinch-hitter Rusty Staub delivered a single to score Giles. Gale then struck out Mookie Wilson to end the inning.
For the Mets, Neil Allen came in to relieve in the top of the third. Allen held Cincinnati scoreless for four innings, allowing only a single to Milner while recording three strikeouts. Meanwhile, Gale shut down the Mets on four hits from the third to the end of the sixth.
Jesse Orosco retired the Reds in order in the top of the seventh inning. In the bottom half, Gale hit Wilson with a pitch and gave up a single to Hubie Brooks. Mookie came home on a double by Dave Kingman to cut the Cincinnati lead to 5-3. Foster followed with a home run to give the Mets a 6-5 lead. Gale was then relieved by Bill Scherrer.
After recording two outs, Scherrer walked Ronn Reynolds and Wally Backman. Orosco followed with a single off Ben Hayes to load the bases for the Mets. Batting for the second time in the inning, Wilson doubled to score Reynolds and Backman, increasing the Mets' lead to 8-5. Hayes then got Brooks on strikes for the final out of the inning.
Mets' reliever Doug Sisk pitched a perfect top of the eighth inning. Danny Heep singled and Foster drew a walk to begin the bottom half. Darryl Strawberry followed with a single to bring home Heep for the Mets' ninth run of the game. For Strawberry, it was his first major league hit. After a sacrifice bunt by Giles, Foster scored on Reynolds' sacrifice fly.
Sisk held the Reds scoreless in the top of the ninth inning. Doug got pinch-hitter Paul Householder to hit into a double play for the final two outs of the game. The Mets had a comeback victory highlighted by Foster's homer in a 6-run seventh inning.