September 16, 1984: Strawberry Leads Mets to Win Over Cubs

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Date: September 16, 1984
Mets starter: Bruce Berenyi
Mets: 9
Cubs: 3
Winning pitcher: Bruce Berenyi
Key player(s): Bruce Berenyi, Mike Fitzgerald, Darryl Strawberry
Key play: Fitzgerald’s single, Strawberry’s singles and homer

The Mets faced the Cubs on a Sunday afternoon in Chicago. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Darryl Strawberry drove in five runs to lead the Mets to a 9-3 win.

Mookie Wilson singled to lead off the top of the first inning. Wilson stole second base and scored on a single by Kelvin Chapman. With Keith Hernandez at bat, Chapman was caught stealing on a throw by catcher Jody Davis to shortstop Larry Bowa. Cubs’ starter Steve Trout followed up with strikeouts of Hernandez and George Foster to close out the inning. For the Mets, Bruce Berenyi retired the side in order in the bottom half.

After a scoreless second inning, the Mets were set down 1-2-3 by Trout in the top of the third. Trout and Bob Dernier drew consecutive walks with one out in the bottom of the inning. Ryne Sandberg was struck out and Thad Bosley singled to load the bases. An ensuing single by Leon Durham drove home Trout and Dernier for a 2-1 Chicago lead. Keith Moreland fouled out to catcher Mike Fitzgerald to end the inning and Trout held the Mets to a leadoff double by Chapman in the top of the fourth. Berenyi then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Strawberry hit a single to begin the top of the fifth inning. Ray Knight followed with a single on which left fielder Bosley made an error. On the miscue, Strawberry to come home to tie the game as Knight advanced to third base. An ensuing single by Fitzgerald plated Knight and put the Mets ahead, 3-2. Fitzgerald moved to second on Berenyi’s sacrifice bunt and to third on a single by Wilson. Trout got Chapman to hit a ground ball to Bowa for an inning-ending double play. Berenyi then shut down the Cubs in the bottom half.

Hernandez singled to open the top of the sixth. Foster hit a single to send Hernandez to third base and went to second on Hubie Brooks’ ground out to Trout. Strawberry singled to drive home Hernandez and Foster, increasing the New York lead to 5-2. On the hit, Darryl moved to second via a throw to the plate. With Chicago reliever Rich Bordi on the mound facing Knight, Strawberry stole third. Knight drew a walk and Fitzgerald went down on strikes. Berenyi singled to score Strawberry with the Mets’ sixth run and Bordi fanned Wilson for the third out. Berenyi then hurled a scoreless bottom of the inning.

Chapman drew a walk against the Cubs’ Ron Meredith (in his major league debut) to lead off the top of the seventh. Hernandez lined out to Bowa and a fly ball by Foster was caught by right fielder Moreland. Brooks reached on an error by second baseman Sandberg. Strawberry followed with a three-run homer to extend the Mets’ lead to 9-2. Meredith got Knight to fly out to Bosley and end the inning. Berenyi then gave up just a walk to Sandberg in the bottom half.

Chicago’s Bill Johnson limited the Mets to a single by Wilson in the top of the eighth. Against Mets’ reliever Ed Lynch, Moreland reached second base on Fitzgerald’s passed ball on a third strike to begin the bottom of the inning. Ron Cey was struck out and Ron Hassey singled to advance Moreland to third. Lynch fanned pinch-hitter Dave Lopes and retired Dave Owen on grounder to second baseman Chapman for the inning’s final out. Johnson then set down all three Mets hitters in the top of the ninth.

Dernier grounded out to third baseman Knight to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning. Pinch-hitter Billy Hatcher flied out to left fielder Foster and a single by Bosley ensued. Durham doubled to score Bosley with the Cubs’ third run. Lynch then struck out Moreland to end the game. The Mets had concluded the series with their only victory at Wrigley Field during the season.