October 1, 1983: Gaff's First Major League Win

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Date: October 1, 1983
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 5
Expos: 4
Winning pitcher: Brent Gaff
Key player(s): George Foster, Brent Gaff, Brian Giles, Carlos Diaz
Key play: Foster's home run, Giles' single

The Mets faced the Expos on a Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a season-closing, three-game series. Brent Gaff recorded his first major league win in a 5-4 Mets victory over Montreal.

Mets' starter Tom Seaver pitched a perfect top of the first inning. Mookie Wilson doubled against the Expos' Bill Gullickson to begin the bottom half. Hubie Brooks followed with a double to drive home Wilson. Darryl Strawberry was hit by a pitch and George Foster slugged a three-run homer for a 4-0 Mets lead. Gary Rajsich hit a single and Bob Bailor grounded to second baseman Brian Little for a double play. Gullickson then retired Brian Giles on a pop-up to catcher Gary Carter for the third out.

Mike Stenhouse got an infield single against Mets' reliever Gaff to lead off the top of the second. Terry Francona followed with a bunt single and Carter's force play ground ball to shortstop Bailor advanced Stenhouse to third base. Tim Wallach hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Stenhouse with the Expos' first run of the game. Angel Salazar singled and Gaff got Gullickson on an inning-ending pop-up to third baseman Brooks. Gullickson then yielded only a single to Wilson in the bottom half.

Gaff hurled a scoreless top of the third. Rajsich singled with two outs in the bottom of the inning. Bailor hit a single and Giles singled to score Rajsich, increasing the Mets' lead to 5-1. Junior Ortiz flied out to center fielder Andre Dawson to end the inning and Gaff gave up just a single to Carter in the top of the fourth. Gullickson then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

A double by Gullickson opened the top of the fifth. Tim Raines was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Wilson. Little doubled to score Gullickson and moved to third base on Dawson's ground out to second baseman Giles. Stenhouse flied out to left fielder Foster to finish off the inning and Rajsich got hit by a pitch with two outs in the bottom half. Bailor singled and Giles hit a force play grounder to third baseman Wallach that closed out the inning. Gaff held the Expos to a single by Francona in the top of the sixth. Gullickson then set down all three Mets batters in the bottom half.

Pinch-hitter Brad Mills singled against Gaff to lead off the top of the seventh. Raines got a single and advanced to third base on Little's double that brought home Mills. Dawson was retired on a pop-up to Giles. Against Mets' reliever Carlos Diaz, pinch-hitter Jim Wohlford hit a sacrifice fly to plate Raines with the fourth Montreal run. Diaz got Francona to line out to first baseman Rajsich and end the inning. The Expos' Jeff Reardon then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Diaz retired the side 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth. Reardon did the same in the bottom of the inning and pinch-hitter Mike Vail was struck out to begin the top of the ninth. Raines drew a walk and pinch-hitter Mike Fuentes was called out on strikes. Diaz then retired Dawson on a fly ball to right fielder Danny Heep for the game's final out. The Mets had a victory as Gaff chalked up his first win as a major leaguer.

Notes

  • This was Seaver's final game as a Mets pitcher