September 7, 1986: Mets Emerge With DH Sweep

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Date: September 7, 1986
Mets starter: Sid Fernandez
Mets: 6
Padres: 5
Winning pitcher: Doug Sisk
Key player(s): Keith Hernandez, Wally Backman, Ed Hearn
Key play: Hernandez’s three singles, Hearn’s bases-loaded walk

The Mets and Padres faced each other in a doubleheader on a Sunday afternoon. After winning the opener of the twinbill at Shea Stadium, the Mets looked for a sweep in the second game. Despite missed opportunities with the bases loaded, the Mets came away with a 6-5 win over San Diego.

Mets’ starter Sid Fernandez pitched a scoreless top of the first inning. Lenny Dykstra got an infield single against the Padres’ Ed Wojna to lead off the bottom half. Dykstra stole second base and moved to third on an infield single by Wally Backman. Keith Hernandez singled to drive home Dykstra and a fly ball by Darryl Strawberry was caught by center fielder Marvelle Wynne. Danny Heep hit a single to score Backman with the Mets’ second run. Howard Johnson followed with a single on which Hernandez was out at home via a throw by right fielder John Kruk to catcher Bruce Bochy. A walk to Ed Hearn loaded the bases. Wojna then got Kevin Elster on a force play grounder to shortstop Garry Templeton for the third out.

Fernandez shut down the Padres in the top of the second inning. Wojna hurled a scoreless bottom half and singled to open the top of the third. Jerry Royster fouled out to catcher Hearn and a walk to Kruk ensued. Kevin McReynolds hit a single to load the bases and a wild pitch brought home Wojna. Carmelo Martinez followed with a sacrifice fly to score Kruk and advance McReynolds to third base. Bochy reached on an error by third baseman Johnson that allowed McReynolds to come home for a 3-2 San Diego lead. Templeton singled to center field and Fernandez got Wynne on a force play ground ball to second baseman Backman to finish off the inning. Wojna then yielded just a single to Hearn in the bottom half.

Bip Roberts got a bunt single to begin the top of the fourth. A sacrifice bunt by Wojna moved Roberts to second base and Royster drew a walk. Fernandez got Kruk to hit a double play ground ball to Backman that ended the inning and Dykstra bunted for a one-out single in the bottom half. Lenny went to third on Backman’s single and scored the tying run on a single by Hernandez. Strawberry followed with an infield single to load the bases. Wojna then got Heep on a grounder to third baseman Royster for an inning-ending double play.

Fernandez limited the Padres to a single by Martinez in the top of the fifth. Hearn hit a single with one out in the bottom of the inning. Pinch-hitter Dave Magadan (in his major league debut) singled to right field. Wojna was replaced on the mound by San Diego reliever Craig Lefferts, against whom pinch-hitter Gary Carter reached on a fielder’s choice. On the play, Hearn was out via a throw by Wynne to Royster. Dykstra then grounded back to Lefferts for the final out of the inning.

Wynne drew a walk against Mets’ reliever Doug Sisk to open the top of the sixth. Roberts singled and Lefferts went down on strikes. Pinch-hitter Tim Flannery walked to load the bases and Kruk hit a grounder on which Sisk threw to Hearn for an out at home on Wynne. McReynolds drew a walk that forced home Roberts and put the Padres ahead, 4-3. Sisk then retired pinch-hitter Tony Gwynn on a ground ball to first baseman Hernandez to close out the inning.

To begin the bottom of the sixth, Backman walked and stole second base. Hernandez singled to score Backman and retie the game. Strawberry grounded out to second baseman Roberts and a walk to Heep ensued. Lefferts issued a walk to Johnson to load the bases. San Diego’s Bob Stoddard walked Hearn to bring home Hernandez and give the Mets a 5-4 lead. Rafael Santana reached on a force play grounder to Templeton that drove home Heep with the Mets’ sixth run of the game. Stoddard then retired pinch-hitter Lee Mazzilli on a pop-up to Templeton for the inning’s final out.

Templeton singled against Mets’ reliever Roger McDowell with one out in the top of the seventh. Wynne was called out on strikes and Roberts hit a single to left field. Pinch-hitter Graig Nettles flied out to left fielder Heep to end the inning and Dykstra drew a leadoff walk against the Padres’ Gene Walter in the bottom half. Backman’s sacrifice bunt advanced Dykstra to second base and Hernandez drew a walk. Strawberry grounded out to first baseman Kruk (who had shifted from right field) and a walk to Heep loaded the bases. Johnson flied out to Wynne for the third out of the inning and McDowell pitched a perfect top of the eighth. Walter then set down the Mets in order in the bottom half.

Gwynn grounded out to shortstop Santana to lead off the top of the ninth inning. Pinch-hitter Terry Kennedy flied out to center fielder Dykstra and consecutive walks to Templeton and Wynne ensued. Roberts singled to drive home Templeton for the fifth San Diego run. McDowell then retired pinch-hitter Dane Iorg on a ground ball to Hernandez to end the game. The Mets had a victory and a sweep of the doubleheader.