September 25, 1987: Mets Club Pirates With 13 Hits
|Date: September 25, 1987|
|Mets starter: Sid Fernandez|
|Winning pitcher: Sid Fernandez|
|Key player(s): Kevin McReynolds, Dave Magadan|
|Key play: McReynolds’ two homers, Magadan’s double|
The Mets faced the Pirates on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a three-game weekend series. The Mets hammered out thirteen hits in a 10-2 win over Pittsburgh.
With one out in the top of the first inning, Jose Lind drew a walk and advanced to third base on a double by Andy Van Slyke. Bobby Bonilla singled to score Lind and send Van Slyke to third base. Mike Diaz followed with a sacrifice fly that brought home Van Slyke for a two-run Bucs lead. Mets’ starter Sid Fernandez then retired Darnell Coles on a fly ball to right fielder Darryl Strawberry for the inning’s final out.
Lenny Dykstra got a bunt single against the Pirates’ Mike Bielecki to open the bottom of the first. Dykstra stole second base and Tim Teufel went down on strikes. Dave Magadan drew a walk and a wild pitch moved the runners to second and third. Strawberry hit a sacrifice fly to score Dykstra and send Magadan to third. Kevin McReynolds followed with a home run that put the Mets ahead, 3-2. Bielecki then got Gary Carter to hit a ground ball to second baseman Lind and finish off the inning.
Fernandez pitched a perfect top of the second. Rafael Santana singled against Bielecki with one out in the bottom half. Santana advanced to second base on Fernandez’s sacrifice bunt and came home on an ensuing double by Dykstra. Teufel singled to score Dykstra with the Mets’ fifth run and Pittsburgh reliever Bob Patterson got Magadan to hit an inning-ending force play grounder to Lind. Fernandez shut down the Bucs despite walks to Van Slyke and Bonilla in the top of the third. Patterson then struck out the side in order in the bottom half.
Fernandez limited the Pirates to a single by Junior Ortiz in the top of the fourth inning. To begin the bottom half, Howard Johnson hit a single and went to third base on a single by Santana. A sacrifice bunt by Fernandez moved Santana to second and pinch-hitter Mookie Wilson was called out on strikes. Teufel was given an intentional walk to load the bases. Magadan followed with a double to drive home Johnson, Santana and Teufel, increasing the Mets’ lead to 8-2. Strawberry grounded back to Patterson for the final out of the inning. Fernandez then set down the Bucs in order in the top of the fifth.
Against Pittsburgh reliever Barry Jones, McReynolds led off the bottom of the fifth inning with his second home run of the game. Carter was struck out and Johnson singled to right field. Howard stole second base and Santana grounded out to third baseman Bonilla. Pinch-hitter Gregg Jefferies hit a double to score Johnson with the tenth New York run and Wilson was retired on a ground ball to Lind that ended the inning. Mets’ reliever David Cone hurled a perfect top of the sixth. With two outs in the bottom half, pinch-hitter Lee Mazzilli singled and McReynolds followed with a walk. Jones then fanned pinch-hitter Barry Lyons to close out the inning.
Cone shut down the Pirates in the top of the seventh. Bucs’ reliever Brett Gideon retired the side in order in the bottom half and the Mets’ Randy Myers hurled a perfect top of the eighth. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Keith Miller got an infield single for the Mets’ thirteenth hit. Gideon then got Magadan to hit a grounder to Lind for an inning-ending double play.
Mets’ reliever Doug Sisk retired U. L. Washington on a ground ball to shortstop Bill Almon to start the top of the ninth inning. Diaz singled and Coles went down on strikes. Sisk then got Mackey Sasser on a force play grounder to second baseman Miller for the final out of the game. The Mets had a series-opening victory.