September 29, 1984: Mets Win 90th Game of Season
|Date: September 29, 1984|
|Mets starter: Walt Terrell|
|Winning pitcher: Walt Terrell|
|Key player(s): Herm Winningham, Darryl Strawberry, Ray Knight|
|Key play: Winningham's triple, Strawberry's home run|
The Mets and Expos faced each other on a Saturday night in Montreal. The teams played the second of three games in a season-closing weekend series. The Mets recorded their 90th win of the year with an 8-4 triumph.
Expos' starter Bryn Smith pitched a perfect top of the first inning. Tim Raines singled against the Mets' Walt Terrell to lead off the bottom half. Bryan Little hit a double to drive home Raines and a walk to Andre Dawson ensued. Gary Carter's ground out to Terrell moved the runners to second and third base. Dan Driessen grounded out to second baseman Wally Backman to score Little for a 2-0 Montreal lead. Tim Wallach drew a walk and stole second. Terrell then struck out Roy Johnson to end the inning.
Ray Knight hit a single with one out in the top of the second. Danny Heep followed with a double to send Knight to third base. An ensuing triple by Herm Winningham drove home Knight and Heep with the tying runs. Rafael Santana grounded out to shortstop Argenis Salazar to plate Winningham and put the Mets ahead by a run. Smith fanned Terrell for the inning's final out. Walt then shut down the Expos in the bottom half.
Backman singled to open the top of the third inning. John Stearns hit a force play ground ball to third baseman Wallach and a fly ball by Mookie Wilson was caught by center fielder Raines. Darryl Strawberry hit a home run to extend the Mets' lead to 5-2. Knight singled and Montreal reliever Rick Grapenthin issued a walk to Heep. Winningham went down on strikes to close out the inning. Terrell then hurled a scoreless bottom half.
Grapenthin and Terrell both retired the side in order in the top of the fourth. Expos' reliever Greg Bargar struck out Stearns to begin the top of the fifth. Wilson drew a walk and went to third base on Strawberry's ensuing double. Knight was walked intentionally to load the bases and Heep's sacrifice fly plated Wilson with the Mets' sixth run. Winningham grounded back to Bargar to close out the inning. Terrell then yielded just a single to Little in the bottom half.
Bargar and Terrell each pitched a scoreless sixth. Stearns singled against Montreal's Randy St. Claire to lead off the top of the seventh. Wilson grounded out to shortstop Rene Gonzales and an intentional walk to Strawberry followed. Knight singled to score Stearns and send Strawberry to third base. Heep hit his second sacrifice fly to bring home Strawberry for an 8-2 Mets lead. Winningham singled and Santana hit a force play grounder to Wallach that ended the inning. Terrell then set down the Expos 1-2-3 in the bottom half.
St. Claire retired all three Mets batters in the top of the eighth. Driessen hit a single to begin the bottom of the inning. Wallach hit a force play ground ball to third baseman Knight and an error by first baseman Heep allowed Johnson to reach base. Terrell got pinch-hitter Razor Shines to line out to Heep. Danny threw to shortstop Santana for an out on Wallach and an inning-ending double play. With two outs in the top of the ninth, Knight doubled for his fourth hit of the game. St. Claire then issued a walk to Heep and struck out Winningham to finish off the inning.
Pinch-hitter Miguel Dilone singled against Mets' reliever Ed Lynch to lead off the bottom of the ninth. Raines hit a triple to drive home Dilone and scored the Expos' fourth run on Little's ensuing single. Dawson fouled out to second baseman Ron Gardenhire and a strikeout of Carter ensued. Lynch then got Driessen to ground out to Gardenhire and end the game. The Mets had their 90th victory of the season.