October 2, 1983: Terrell and Heep Bury Expos

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Date: October 2, 1983
Mets starter: Walt Terrell
Mets: 1
Expos: 0
Winning pitcher: Walt Terrell
Key player(s): Walt Terrell, Danny Heep
Key play: Heep’s home run

The Mets and Expos played a doubleheader at Shea Stadium on a Sunday afternoon. Walt Terrell and Montreal’s Charlie Lea hooked up in a pitcher duel in the opener of the season-closing twinbill. The game’s only scoring came on a home run by Danny Heep for a 1-0 Mets win.

Terrell held the Expos to a single by Bryan Little in the top of the first inning. To begin the bottom half, Lea got Mookie Wilson to ground out to third baseman Tim Wallach. Hubie Brooks flied out to center fielder Andre Dawson and an ensuing homer by Heep put the Mets ahead by a run. Lea then got George Foster on a grounder to Wallach that ended the inning.

Terrell set down all twelve Montreal batters from the second inning to the fifth. Lea responded by yielding just a single to Brian Giles and facing the minimum twelve New York hitters in the bottom halves. Leading off the top of the sixth inning, Argenis Salazar hit a double to left field. Lea’s sacrifice bunt advanced Salazar to third base and Tim Raines flied out to left fielder Foster. Terrell retired Little on a line drive to second baseman Giles to end the inning. Lea then held the Mets to a single by Terrell in the bottom half.

With two outs in the top of the seventh, Gary Carter singled to center field. With Mike Stenhouse at bat, Carter was caught by catcher Ron Hodges’ pickoff throw to first baseman Gary Rajsich for the inning’s third out. To open the bottom half, Heep drew a walk and advanced to third base on a single by Foster. Rajsich flied out to left fielder Raines and a line drive by Hodges was caught by Wallach. Giles drew a walk to load the bases. Lea then caught a liner by pinch-hitter Rusty Staub to finish off the inning.

Terrell set down the Expos in order on three outfield flies in the top of the eighth. Lea retired the Mets 1-2-3 in the bottom half. To start the top of the ninth inning, pinch-hitter Terry Crowley (in the final at bat of his 15-season career) lined out to shortstop Ron Gardenhire. Raines flied out to Foster and a single by Little followed. Terrell then retired Terry Francona on a fly ball to Foster to end the game. The Mets had a victory on Walt’s four-hit shutout.