October 4, 1986: Ojeda Leads Six-Hitter Over Pirates

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Date: October 4, 1986
Mets starter: Bob Ojeda
Mets: 6
Pirates: 1
Winning pitcher: Bob Ojeda
Key player(s): Bob Ojeda, Darryl Strawberry, Howard Johnson
Key play: Strawberry’s single, Johnson’s single and double

The Mets faced the Pirates in a doubleheader on a Saturday afternoon. The teams played the opener of the twinbill at Shea Stadium in front of 30,810 fans on hand. Bob Ojeda and a pair of relievers teamed up for a six-hitter in a 6-1 Mets win over Pittsburgh.

Ojeda allowed three singles in shutting down the Bucs from the first inning to the third. Pittsburgh starter Stan Fansler responded with a trio of scoreless bottom halves. Mike Diaz drew a one-out walk in the top of the fourth. Tony Pena grounded to third baseman Howard Johnson for an inning-ending double play and Wally Backman singled with one out in the bottom half. Lee Mazzilli hit a single and Darryl Strawberry singled to drive home Backman. Danny Heep followed with a sacrifice fly (scoring Mazzilli from third base) on which he reached via an error by left fielder Diaz. Johnson hit a single that plated Strawberry for a 3-0 Mets lead. On the play, catcher Pena made a relay throw to third baseman Jim Morrison for an out on Heep. Fansler then retired Ed Hearn on a ground ball to shortstop Sam Khalifa to close out the inning.

Ojeda set down the side in order in the top of the fifth. Lenny Dykstra singled against Pirates’ reliever Jim Winn with two outs in the bottom half. Successive walks to Backman and Mazzilli loaded the bases and Pat Clements came in to pitch for the Bucs. Strawberry was hit by a pitch to force home Dykstra with the Mets’ fourth run of the game. Heep hit a force play grounder to Khalifa that ended the inning and Ojeda hurled a perfect top of the sixth. Clements then retired the Mets 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Morrison doubled against Mets’ reliever Doug Sisk to open the top of the seventh inning. Diaz and Pena followed with consecutive ground outs to second baseman Backman that brought Morrison around to score. Sisk got Sid Bream on a grounder to first baseman Mazzilli for the inning’s third out and Clements pitched a perfect bottom half. New York’s Jesse Orosco then set down the side in order in the top of the eighth.

Mazzilli doubled against Pittsburgh reliever Larry McWilliams to lead off the bottom of the eighth inning. Strawberry was retired on a foul pop-up to first baseman Bream. With Heep at bat, Pena made an errant throw on a pickoff attempt of Mazzilli. On the play, Lee came home via an error by center fielder Barry Bonds. Heep was hit by a pitch and scored the Mets’ sixth run on an ensuing double by Johnson. Howard moved to third base on Bonds’ throw to the plate. McWilliams then struck out Hearn and retired Kevin Elster on a fly ball to Diaz to finish off the inning.

Bobby Bonilla singled to begin the top of the ninth. Johnny Ray flied out to center fielder Dykstra and a single by Morrison followed. Bonilla advanced to third base on Diaz’s fly out to Dykstra. Orosco then got Pena to ground out to Backman and end the game. The Mets had a victory to start the doubleheader.