September 3, 1983: Mets Win in 15 Innings

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Date: September 3, 1983
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 4
Padres: 3
Winning pitcher: Tom Gorman
Key player(s): Brian Giles, Keith Hernandez, Mets’ relievers
Key play: Hernandez’s home run, Giles’ sacrifice fly

The Mets faced the Padres on a Saturday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played a 15-inning game in front of 33,492 fans on hand. In the end, the Mets came away with a 4-3 win over San Diego.

Alan Wiggins drew a walk with one out in the top of the first inning. Wiggins stole second base and moved to third on a single by Tony Gwynn. Terry Kennedy was hit by a pitch to load the bases and a walk to Ruppert Jones forced home Wiggins for a 1-0 Padres lead. Mets’ starter Tom Seaver then got Garry Templeton to hit a ground ball to second baseman Bob Bailor for an inning-ending double play.

With two outs in the bottom of the first, Keith Hernandez drew a walk and advanced to third base on a single by George Foster. Darryl Strawberry singled to score Hernandez with the tying run. San Diego starter Tim Lollar got Bailor on a force play grounder to second baseman Juan Bonilla to end the inning and Seaver pitched a perfect top of the second. Lollar yielded only a single to Seaver in the bottom half and Wiggins reached on an error by Bailor with one out in the top of the third. Wiggins went to second on catcher Junior Ortiz’s errant pickoff throw and Gwynn lined out to shortstop Jose Oquendo. Kennedy then grounded back to Seaver for the inning’s final out.

Hubie Brooks tripled to lead off the bottom of the third inning. Hernandez followed with a home run to put the Mets ahead, 3-1. Foster grounded out to shortstop Templeton and a strikeout of Strawberry ensued. Bailor was hit by a pitch and Lollar fanned Ortiz to close out the inning. Seaver set down the Padres on three consecutive infield ground balls in the top of the fourth. Lollar hurled a scoreless bottom half and Tom retired the side in order in the top of the fifth. Lollar then set down all three New York batters in the bottom of the inning.

To begin the top of the sixth, Wiggins singled and stole second base. Gwynn flied out to center fielder Mookie Wilson and a ground out by Kennedy to first baseman Hernandez advanced Wiggins to third. Jones hit a single to drive home Wiggins and stole second. Seaver retired Templeton on a grounder to Hernandez that finished off the inning. Lollar then set down the Mets in order once again in the bottom half.

Luis Salazar got an infield single against Seaver to open the top of the seventh. Bonilla grounded out to Bailor to move Salazar to second base. Jesse Orosco came in to pitch for the Mets and got pinch-hitter Kurt Bevacqua on a ground ball to Oquendo that sent Salazar to third. With Bobby Brown at bat, a wild pitch brought home Salazar to tie the game at 3-3. Brown hit a single and Orosco retired Wiggins on an inning-ending grounder to third baseman Brooks. San Diego reliever Luis DeLeon then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Orosco and DeLeon each pitched scoreless ball in the eighth and ninth innings. Mets’ reliever Carlos Diaz hurled a perfect top of the 10th. Wilson singled against the Padres’ Gary Lucas to lead off the bottom half. Wilson advanced to second base on Brooks’ sacrifice bunt and Hernandez drew a walk. Foster popped out to first baseman Bevacqua and a walk to Strawberry loaded the bases. Lucas then got Bailor to ground out to Templeton and bring the inning to an end.

Diaz retired all three San Diego hitters on infield grounders in the top of the 11th inning. Lucas set down the Mets in order in the bottom half and New York’s Doug Sisk pitched a scoreless top of the 12th. Brooks singled with one out in the bottom of the inning. Hernandez hit a single and Foster was walked intentionally to load the bases. Lucas then struck out Strawberry and retired Bailor on a ground ball back to the mound to close out the inning.

Sisk shut down the Padres in the top of the 13th. San Diego reliever Sid Monge hurled a perfect bottom half and Kennedy drew a walk against the Mets’ Tom Gorman to open the top of the 14th. Jones followed with a force play bunt back to Gorman and moved to second base on a single by Templeton. A wild pitch advanced the runners to second and third and a strikeout of Salazar ensued. Bonilla was walked intentionally to load the bases and Gorman got Bevacqua to hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Bailor (who had shifted from second) to end the inning. Monge then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Gorman retired the Padres 1-2-3 in the top of the 15th inning. Bailor singled against San Diego’s Elias Sosa to start the bottom half. Ron Hodges hit a single to send Bailor to third base and pinch-hitter Tucker Ashford was given an intentional walk to load the bases. Brian Giles then hit a sacrifice fly to drive home Bailor and end the game. The Mets had an extra-inning victory.