September 9, 1984: Five-Run 6th Buries Cubs

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Date: September 9, 1984
Mets starter: Ron Darling
Mets: 5
Cubs: 1
Winning pitcher: Ron Darling
Key player(s): Keith Hernandez, George Foster, Hubie Brooks
Key play: Hernandez’s double, Foster’s RBI single, Brooks’ home run

The Mets faced the Cubs on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets scored five runs in the sixth inning and came away with a 5-1 win over Chicago.

Ron Darling and the Cubs’ Scott Sanderson each pitched scoreless ball from the first inning to the fifth. The pitchers had allowed a combined total of six hits and recorded eleven strikeouts between them. To begin the top of the sixth, pinch-hitter Dan Rohn went down on strikes. Bob Dernier grounded out to shortstop Hubie Brooks and a double by Ryne Sandberg ensued. Darling then issued a walk to Gary Matthews and retired Leon Durham on a ground ball to second baseman Wally Backman to end the inning.

Leading off the bottom of the sixth, Mookie Wilson tripled against Chicago reliever George Frazier. Keith Hernandez followed with a double to bring home Wilson. Darryl Strawberry reached base on Frazier’s wild pitch third strike that allowed Hernandez to advance to third base. George Foster hit a single to score Hernandez and send Strawberry to third. Brooks hit a three-run homer against the Cubs’ Warren Brusstar to extend the Mets’ lead to 5-0. Ray Knight was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Dernier for the first out and Mike Fitzgerald grounded out to third baseman Ron Cey. Brusstar then fanned Darling to close out the inning.

Following a scoreless seventh, Darling held the Cubs to a double by Dernier in the top of the eighth. Chicago’s Rick Reuschel pitched a perfect bottom half. Matthews homered to lead off the top of the ninth inning. Jesse Orosco came in to pitch for the Mets and retired Durham and Keith Moreland on consecutive ground balls to Brooks. Orosco then got Cey to ground out to Backman and end the game. The Mets had a victory to close out the weekend series.