September 2, 1984: Foster Comes Through in 12th
|Date: September 2, 1984|
|Mets starter: Walt Terrell|
|Winning pitcher: Brent Gaff|
|Key player(s): George Foster, Keith Hernandez|
|Key play: Hernandez's home run, Double plays in 8th & 9th, Foster's single in 12th|
The Mets and Padres concluded a five-game series on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. After both teams squandered late-inning chances to break a tie, the game went into extra innings. The Mets emerged with a 3-2 win on George Foster's single in the 12th.
In the first inning, Kelvin Chapman got a one-out single off San Diego starter Tim Lollar. Keith Hernandez followed with a home run to give the Mets a 2-0 lead. The Padres then tied the game when Carmelo Martinez hit an inside-the-park homer and Lollar scored on an error by Mets' starter Walt Terrell in the top of the second.
Terrell and Lollar matched scoreless innings from the third to the seventh. Walt shut down San Diego on three hits while his teammates managed only two hits off Lollar. In the eighth, Terrell answered a challenge when he got Tim Flannery to hit into a double play after the Padres had loaded the bases with one out.
For San Diego, Rich Gossage relieved Lollar in the bottom of the eighth. Gossage struck out two batters, but also issued two walks before getting Foster to hit into a force play grounder. Against reliever Doug Sisk in the ninth, the Padres loaded the bases again with one out. Sisk got Steve Garvey to hit into San Diego's second consecutive inning-ending double play. The game went into extra innings after the Mets failed to score on their own bases-loaded opportunity in the bottom of the ninth.
Sisk and Gossage each pitched a perfect tenth inning. In the 11th, Brent Gaff retired the Padres in order and the Mets didn't score against Gossage. Gaff set down the Padres 1-2-3 again in the top of the 12th.
In the bottom of the 12th, Mookie Wilson walked with one out and stole second base. After Gossage got Ron Hodges to pop up to third baseman Flannery, he gave Hernandez an intentional walk. Foster then delivered a pop-fly single to center field to score Wilson with the winning run. The Mets had won their fourth game of the five-game series over the eventual National League Champions.