September 1, 1984: Mets Come Back for DH Sweep

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Date: September 1, 1984
Mets starter: Calvin Schiraldi
Mets: 10
Padres: 6
Winning pitcher: Tom Gorman
Key player(s): Hubie Brooks, Darryl Strawberry, Herm Winningham
Key play: Winningham’s double, Brooks’ double, Strawberry’s home run

The Mets and Padres faced each other in doubleheader on a Saturday evening at Shea Stadium. After winning the opener of the twinbill, the Mets were in search of a sweep in the nightcap. Coming from behind, the Mets emerged with a 10-6 win over San Diego.

Making his debut in the major leagues, Mets’ starter Calvin Schiraldi retired Alan Wiggins on a fly ball to left fielder Danny Heep to begin the top of the first inning. Tony Gwynn followed with a triple and came home on a double by Steve Garvey. Graig Nettles fouled out to first baseman Keith Hernandez and a single by Kevin McReynolds scored Garvey for a 2-0 Padres lead. Schiraldi got Terry Kennedy to fly out to right fielder Darryl Strawberry and end the inning. San Diego’s Eric Show then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Schiraldi retired the side in order in the top of the second. Show shut down the Mets in the bottom of the inning and Wiggins reached on an error by shortstop Hubie Brooks to open the top of the third. Schiraldi caught Wiggins with a pickoff throw to Hernandez and retired Gwynn on a ground ball to third baseman Ray Knight. Garvey singled and Nettles followed with a single to right field. On Nettles’ hit, Strawberry made an error that allowed Garvey to score the Padres’ third run of the game. Schiraldi then struck out Kevin McReynolds to finish off the inning.

Wally Backman got a leadoff single in the bottom of the third. Herm Winningham was struck out and Backman stole second base. Hernandez drew a walk and Strawberry singled to score Backman. Brooks went down on strikes and Show retired Heep on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder McReynolds. Kennedy hit a home run against Schiraldi to lead off the top of the fourth. Carmelo Martinez singled and advanced to second on Luis Salazar’s ground out to Knight. Show doubled to plate Martinez and increase the San Diego lead to 5-1. Mets’ reliever Tom Gorman then got Wiggins to fly out to Heep and struck out Gwynn to end the inning.

Pinch-hitter John Stearns doubled with two outs in the bottom of the fourth. Backman hit a single and a double by Winningham (his first major league hit) drove home Stearns. Hernandez drew a walk to load the bases and Strawberry walked to force home Backman. Brooks followed with a double that scored Winningham, Hernandez and Strawberry for a 6-5 Mets lead. Trying to advance on his own hit, Brooks was out via a relay throw by shortstop Salazar to third baseman Nettles to bring the inning to an end.

Garvey singled against Mets’ reliever Brent Gaff to lead off the top of the fifth. Nettles flied out to center fielder Winningham and a single by McReynolds sent Garvey to third base. Gaff got Kennedy to hit a ground ball to second baseman Backman for an inning-ending double play. Heep drew a walk against Padres’ reliever Luis DeLeon to begin the bottom half. Danny stole second base and advanced to third on an error by catcher Kennedy. Knight grounded out to Nettles and an error by Kennedy of Ron Hodges’ grounder allowed Heep to score the Mets’ seventh run. Gaff fouled out to first baseman Garvey. DeLeon then retired Backman on a fly ball to left fielder Martinez for the inning’s final out.

Gaff set down all three batters in the top of the sixth. San Diego reliever Greg Harris pitched a perfect bottom half and Gaff surrendered only a walk to Wiggins in the top of the seventh. Knight hit a two-out single in the bottom of the inning. Hodges singled and pinch-hitter Rusty Staub singled to drive home Knight. Harris retired Backman on a grounder to second baseman Wiggins that ended the inning. With one out in the top of the eighth, McReynolds homered against Mets’ reliever Jesse Orosco to reduce the New York lead to 8-6. Kennedy was struck out and Martinez drew a walk. Orosco then fanned Salazar for the third out of the inning.

Winningham singled to lead off the bottom of the eighth. Herm moved to second base on Hernandez’s ground out to Kennedy. Strawberry followed with a homer for the Mets’ ninth and tenth runs of the game. Brooks hit a single and Heep flied out to McReynolds. Harris then issued a walk to Knight and retired Hodges on a ground ball to Wiggins for the final out of the inning.

Pinch-hitter Kurt Bevacqua grounded out to Brooks to begin the top of the ninth. Wiggins reached on an error by Brooks. Orosco then got Gwynn to hit a grounder to Brooks for a game-ending double play. The Mets had a victory and a doubleheader sweep of the National League West Division leaders.