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July 30, 2006

Mets Fall Short in Comeback Against Cubs

by @ 10:56 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - July

July 30, 1986 at Shea Stadium

Cubs 4, Mets 3  (66-32)

A comeback attempt by the Mets fell short as they split their four game series with the Cubs.  A solid start by Sid Fernandez went to waste.  He got hit hard early (three runs in the first) but settled down to strike out eleven batters through only five innings.  The Mets bullpen was stellar and allowed the Mets to try to stage a comeback but it was all for naught.  Doug Sisk and Randy Myers combined to throw four innings of one hit ball and they struck out three.

Darryl Strawberry drove in a run with a sac. fly and Howard Johnson had an RBI double to account for the Mets two runs.  Gary Carter went three for four.

July 29, 2006

Mets Split Doubleheader With Cubs

by @ 10:51 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - July

July 29, 1986 at Shea Stadium

Mets 3, Cubs 0  (66-30)

Ron Darling threw a gem as the Mets won the first game of their doubleheader with the Cubs.  Darling improved to 11-3 with the complete game six hit shutout and he struck out eight batters.

Ironically, the Mets were outhit but they made what they could of the baserunners they had.  They scored all three runs in the fourth inning.  Lenny Dykstra drove in two with a single and Tim Teufel drove home Dykstra with a double.

July 29, 1986 at Shea Stadium

Cubs 2, Mets 1  (66-31)

The Cubs managed a split in their double header with the Mets by edging them in a pitchers dual.  (Rookie) Jamie Moyer held the Mets to one run on six hits and Lee Smith slammed the door on the Mets in the final two innings.  Rick Anderson pitched six solid innings but it was reliever Doug Sisk who gave up the go ahead run in the seventh.

George Foster drove home the only for the Mets with an RBI single in the sixth.  Mookie Wilson had two of the Mets’ six hits.

July 28, 2006

Kevin Mitchell and Darryl Strawberry Both Homer in Mets Win

by @ 10:48 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - July

July 28, 1986 at Shea Stadium

Mets 9, Cubs 2  (65-30)

The Mets blew out the Cubs to open up their weekday series.  Four runs in the first inning were all they’d need, but a run in the sixth and four more in the eighth put the game away for sure.

Bob Ojeda improved to 12-2.  He went seven innings and gave up two runs on five hits with seven strikeouts.  Roger McDowell threw the final two frames and he earned his tenth save for his troubles.

Kevin Mitchell had a big game as he went three for three with a homerun, three runs and two RBIs.  Darryl Strawberry went two for four with a homerun and two RBIs while Howard Johnson drove in three runs.

July 27, 2006

Rick Aguilera Throws Well Again in Mets Win

by @ 10:46 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - July

July 27, 1986 at Fulton County Stadium

Mets 5, Braves 1  (64-30)

The Mets avoided a sweep at the hands of the Braves behind Rick Aguilera’s second straight solid start.  Aguilera threw his first complete game as he gave up a single run on eight hits.  He improved to 4-3 on the season.

Gary Carter capped of a five run third inning with a three run shot.  Darryl Strawberry and Kevin Mitchell both hit solo homeruns that inning as well.

July 26, 2006

Mets Drop Two to Braves

by @ 10:42 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - July

July 26, 1986 at Fulton County Stadium

Braves 4, Mets 3  (63-29)

The Mets let this game get away from them despite getting some much needed rest after two long games.  The Mets got on the board first in the top of the third on a two run shot by Mookie Wilson, but Dwight Gooden gave up three runs in the bottom of the fifth to give up the lead.

The Mets tied the game in the top of the eighth on Mookie Wilson’s RBI single (his third RBI of the game).  Unfortunately, Roger McDowell, in his second inning of work, gave up a walk off sac. fly to end the game.  McDowell lost his fifth game of the season, and a solid start by Dwight Gooden went to waste.  Gooden gave up three runs on only four hits and he struck out five in seven innings.

July 26, 1986  Braves 8, Mets 5  (63-30)

The Braves completed their doubleheader sweep of the Mets with a couple of strong innings.  Sid Fernandez was coasting through the game with a shutout through four innings.  The Mets even spotted him three runs but he gave up four runs in the fifth and then reliever Doug Sisk gave up three in the sixth as the Braves busted the game open.  Fernandez dropped to 12-3.

Howard Johnson and Keith Hernandez both homered for the Mets and they both drove home two runs.  Darryl Strawberry stole his 22nd base and scored a run while Len Dykstra stole his twentieth.

July 23, 2006

Mets Edge Reds, Finish Three Game Sweep

by @ 10:37 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - July

July 23, 1986 at Riverfront Stadium

Mets 3, Reds 2  (63-28)

The Mets completed their sweep of the Cincinnati Reds as they combined solid pitching with timely hitting.  Ron Darling yielded two runs on two solo shots in the bottom of the third, but he calmed down to hold the Reds to only five hits in eight innings of work.

In the top of the fifth, the Mets cut the Reds lead to a single run when Tim Teufel doubled home Rafael Santana.  Then in the top of the eighth, Kevin Mitchell hit a two run shot to give the Mets a one run lead that would stand.

Roger McDowell threw a perfect ninth inning to earn his ninth save of the season.  Darling won his tenth game of the season.

July 22, 2006

Mets Top Reds In Fourteen Innings

by @ 10:31 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - July

July 22, 1986 at Riverfront Stadium

Mets 6, Reds 3  (62-28)

After the fifteen inning loss to the Astros on the 20th, you’d think the Mets’ tanks were on empty.  And to play a second five hour game only two days later must have been taxing for the team, but they really came through to pull out the win.

The Reds took a 2-0 lead in the third inning as Dave Parker hit a two run shot off of Bobby Ojeda.  The Mets shaved that lead in half in the fifth on Len Dykstra’s RBI triple, but the Reds answered in the bottom half of the inning on Buddy Bell’s solo homer.  Neither team scored in the next three innings so it was 3-1 heading into the top of the ninth.

The Mets appeared to catch in early break in the ninth when Howard Johnson struck out.  He then kicked the ball and ended up advancing to first on what turned out to be a passed ball.  Mookie Wilson then put that threat to rest by hitting into a double play.  Fortunately the Mets weren’t done.  Len Dykstra drew a walk and then moved to third on Tim Teufel’s double.  Keith Hernandez then hit a fly ball to Dave Parker, who then misplayed the ball.  Parker was credited with an error and Dykstra and Teufel scored to tie the game up.

As the game went into extra frames, neither team scored until the fourteenth inning.  Ed Hearn led off with a double and then Jesse Orosco drew a walk.  Roger McDowell struck out, but then Howard Johnson came up huge with a three run homer to put the game away.

Davey Johnson’s use of the pen was simply fantastic.  At the end of the game, he had Roger McDowell and Jesse Orosco both on the field.  While one was pitching, the other was out in the outfield.  This went on from the tenth inning. 

Roger McDowell threw three innings and gave up only a single hit as he improved to 8-4.  In all, five different relievers held the Reds to no runs on eight hits through nine innings of work.

July 21, 2006

Rick Aguilera Pitches Mets to Win Over Reds

by @ 10:29 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - July

July 21, 1986 at Riverfront Stadium

Mets 4, Reds 2  (61-28)

The Mets ended their three game skid with a solid pitching performance by Rick Aguilera.  Aguilera went eight innings and gave up two runs (one earned) on eight hits and he struck out nine.  Jesse Orosco didn’t give up a hit as he pitched the final inning to earn his thirteenth save of the season.

Gary Carter drove in two runs and Darryl Strawberry went one for four with a run and an RBI.  Wally Backman had the only multihit game for the Mets.  He went two for four with an RBI and a run.

July 20, 2006

Astros Edge Mets in Fifteen Inning Thriller

by @ 10:20 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - July

July 20, 1996 at The Astrodome 

Astros 9, Mets 8  (60-28)

If there was any indication that these two teams would have a terrific series in october, this game was it.  It had it all.  Big homeruns, timely hitting and some good (and bad) relief pitching.

The Astros drew first blood in the bottom of the first inning.  Sid Fernandez gave up an RBI double to make it 1-0.

The Mets answered in the third inning.  Mookie Wilson led off by grounding out to third, but Kevin Mitchell drew a walk.  Keith Hernandez singled and Mitchell moved to third and then Gary Carter hit into a fielders choice that scored Mitchell.  Darryl Strawberry then tripled home Carter for the first of many lead changes.  Mets lead 2-1.

In the bottom of the fourth, the Astros got to Sid Fernandez again.  Alan Ashby drove home Glenn Davis with a two out single.  Game tied 2-2.

The Astros then took the lead for the second time in the sixth inning.  Kevin Bass homered and Ashby doubled home Jose Cruz.  Astros lead 4-2.

In the top of the eighth, the Mets jumped back on top.  Kevin Mitchell and Keith Hernandez led off with back to back homers to tie the game up.  Gary Carter singled, but he was forced out by Darryll Strawberry.  George Foster singled and move Straw to third and then Ray Knight drove home Strawberry on a fielder’s choice.  Mets lead 5-4.

The Astros then busted the game open.  Doug Sisk gave up four runs in the bottom of the eighth, and just like that, the Astros had a commanding 8-5 lead.

But this is 1986.  Howard Johnson led off the ninth with a walk and moved to second on Kevin Mitchell’s ground out.  Johnson then scored on Keith Hernandez’s single.  Gary Carter was beaned to put runners on first and second before Darryl Strawberry struck out.  Rafael Santana then singled home Hernandez to make it a one run game and then Ed Hearn singled home Carter to tie things up.  The score was 8-8 and was heading for extra frames.

Neither team scored in the first five extra innings.  In the top of the fifteenth, the Mets went down 1-2-3, but in the bottom of the fifteenth, Kevin Bass finally ended the game with by driving home Bill Doran on a fielder’s choice.  Final score was 9-8 in fifteen and the game took five hours and 29 minutes.  The Astros had the lead four times and the Mets three times.

What a game.  The Astros won the series and the game, but this must have been some drama.

July 19, 2006

Mike Scott Holds Down Mets as Division Leaders Collide

by @ 4:54 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - July

July 19, 1986 at Astrodome

Astros 5, Mets 4  (60-27)

This time it was Mike Scott who held the Mets in check.  Through the first eight innings of work, Scott had a two hit shutout.  But the Mets finally got the bats going and they scored four runs in the top of the ninth to tie the game up.

Darryl Strawberry hit a two run shot and Lenny Dykstra went yard as well.  Unfortunately, the comeback ended up being for naught as Roger McDowell gave up a walk off homerun to Craig Reynolds to end the game.  He dropped to 7-3 with all three losses coming in the month of July.

July 18, 2006

Mets Shutout For First Time in 1986 in Loss to Astros

by @ 4:52 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - July

July 18, 1986 at Astrodome

Astros 3, Mets 0  (60-26)

The Mets were shutout for the first time this season as Bob Knepper held them to three singles.  Ron Darling threw a good game but he dropped to 9-3 on the season.  He gave up two runs on five hits and three walks.

Nothing much to talk about on the offensive side.  The Mets managed only the four hits and one walk and they struck out nine.  It was by worst their best hitting performance of the season.

July 17, 2006

Bob Ojeda Improves to 11-2 in Mets Fifth Straight Win

by @ 4:50 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - July

July 17, 1986 at Astrodome

Mets 13, Astros 2  (60-25)

The Mets started the second half of the season just like they finished the first half by running up the score on the Astros.  The Mets were actually down 1-0 for most of the game before the exploded for seven runs in the seventh inning.  They added three runs in each of the last two innings to complete the blow out.

Wally Backman had a huge game as he went three for six with five RBIs.  Darryl Strawberry and Len Dykstra both drove in three runs and Ray Knight scored three times.

Bob Ojeda improved to 11-2 on the season with six quality innings.  He gave up one run (unearned) on four hits and he struck out two batters.

July 13, 2006

Mets Sweep Braves, Win Fourth Straight Game Before All Star Break

by @ 4:47 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - July

July 13, 1986 at Shea Stadium

Mets 2, Braves 0  (59-25)

The Mets went into the All Star break on a winning note as they completely dominated the Braves in their four game series.  They outscored the Braves 28-2 in the four games and the Mets entered the break with a comfortable 13 1/2 game lead over the Expos.

Ron Darling improved to 9-2 with the complete game shutout.  He gave up nine hits and he struck out seven.  Lenny Dykstra scored both of the Mets runs (one on a solo homer) and had two of the Mets’ four hits.  Wally Backman drove in the other run.  Oddly, the Mets didn’t draw a single walk and they stranded only one runnner in the entire game.

July 12, 2006

Mets Run Up Score on Braves Again in Third Straight Win

by @ 4:43 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - July

July 12, 1986 at Shea Stadium

Mets 10, Braves 1  (58-25)

The Mets continued their domination of the Braves in the final weekend before the All Star break.  The Mets put up ten runs on fifteen hits while Rick Aguilera and the pen held the Braves in check.

Lenny Dykstra had four hits while Keith Hernandez, Mookie Wilson and Ray Knight all had two RBIs.  Gary Carter went three for four with two runs.

July 11, 2006

Sid Fernandez Throws Two Hit Shutout in Mets Blowout Win

by @ 4:40 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - July

July 11, 1986 at Shea Stadium

Mets 11, Braves 0  (57-25)

This one was over pretty quickly.  The Mets scored three in the first, four in the second and three more in the third to make it 10-0.  They added insult to injury by scoring another run in the fourth en route to the blow out win.

Sid Fernandez threw a gem.  His two hit shutout improved his record to 11-2 and he struck out nine.  Gary Carter had a monster game with a three run shot in the first inning and a grand slam in the second.  In all, he drove in seven of the Mets eleven runs.  Len Dykstra drove in two and Wally Backman scored twice.

July 10, 2006

Bob Ojeda Wins Tenth Game in Mets Win

by @ 4:38 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - July, Uncategorized

July 10, 1986 at Shea Stadium

Mets 5, Braves 1  (56-25)

The Mets got back on track as they won their 56th game at the midpoint of the regular season.  The Mets put up five runs before the Braves finally got to Bob Ojeda, who was fantastic in his tenth win of the season.  He went the distance and gave up one run (unearned) on seven hits and he struck out six.

George Foster led the hit attack with a bases clearing double in the fifth inning.  Gary Carter hit his 14th homer of the season and he scored two runs.

July 9, 2006

Mets Drop Another Game in Blow Out Loss to Reds

by @ 4:38 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - July

July 9, 1986 at Shea Stadium

Reds 11, Mets 1  (55-25)

The Reds blew out the Mets en route to a series sweep.  It was the Mets fourth loss in five games and it was tied for the worst five game stretch of the season.

The lone Mets run came off of a sac. fly by Ray Knight as the Mets were held to five hits.  Dwight Gooden dropped to 10-4 and he only lasted four innings.  The pen didn’t fare much better as all three relievers gave up at least one run.

July 8, 2006

Mets Lose to Reds in Tenth Inning

by @ 4:33 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - July

July 8, 1986 at Shea Stadium

Reds 5, Mets 4  (55-24)

The Mets lost for the third time in four games as the Reds edged them in ten innings.  The Mets jumped out to a 3-0 lead by the end of the sixth inning, but the Reds scored in each of the last three innings to tie the game up.  Then Roger McDowell gave up the go ahead run in the top of the tenth to wrap the game up.

Ron Darling threw a nice game but he didn’t get anything for his efforts.  He went seven innings and gave up two runs (one earned) on six hits with six strikeouts.  Jesse Orosco gave up the tying run in the top of the ninth as he was ineffective and then Roger McDowell dropped to 7-2 after giving up the run in the tenth.

Len Dykstra hit a solo homerun and Darryl Strawberry scored twice.  The Mets only managed six hits in the game.

July 7, 2006

Mets and Reds Combine for Thirty Hits in One Run Loss

by @ 7:39 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - July

July 7, 1986 at Shea Stadium

Reds 7, Mets 6  (55-23)

The Mets lost a hitfest as both teams combined for thirty hits.  The Red took an early 3-0 lead and the Mets came back to tie it with three of their own.  The Reds then took a one run lead in the sixth which the Mets matched in the bottom half of the inning.  But then in the seventh they were on the short end of things as the Reds scored three and the Mets only answered with two runs.

Darryl Strawberry hit his thirteenth homer of the season and he scored two runs.  Rick Aguilera and Howard Johnson also homered and Len Dykstra went three for five with a run.

Aguilera was hit hard.  He went only 5 2/3 innings and gave up four runs on eleven hits.  Randy Niemann fared even worse as he gave up two runs on two hits while only getting on batter out.  He dropped to 1-3 on the season.

July 6, 2006

Sid Fernandez Wins Eleventh Game

by @ 7:37 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - July

July 6, 1986 at Shea Stadium

Mets 5, Astros 3  (55-22)

The Mets bounced back from yesterday’s tough loss to take their series with the Astros.  Howard Johnson and Kevin Mitchell both homered and Wally Backman went three for four with an RBI.

Sid Fernandez improved to 11-2 on the season.  He went 6 2/3 and gave up one run on six hits and five walks and he struck out five.  Doug Sisk put the Astros back in the game by allowing two runs in the top of the ninth, but Roger McDowell got the final two batters out to end the threat.  He earned his eighth save of the season.

July 5, 2006

Mets Lose to Astros, Eight Game Winning Streak Comes to an End

by @ 7:35 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - July, Uncategorized

July 5, 1986 at Shea Stadium

Astros 2, Mets 1  (54-22)

This time the Mets were on the receiving end of a one run loss.  In the bottom of the first, they scored a single run on Keith Hernandez’s solo shot but they were held scoreless (and to three hits) the rest of the game.

The Astros finally got to Bob Ojeda, who really threw well.  In eight innings of work, he gave up a run on only six hits and seven strikeouts.  In the top of the ninth, the Astros tagged Roger McDowell for a run that ended up being the difference, and he lost his first game of the season.

July 4, 2006

Dwight Gooden Shuts Down Astros in Met’s Eighth Straight Win

by @ 7:31 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - July

July 4, 1986 at Shea Stadium

Mets 2, Astros 1  (54-21)

Dwight Gooden shined on Indenpendence Day as the Mets won their eighth straight game.  It was the fourth straight win that was decided by a single run as Dwight Gooden and Nolan Ryan were locked into a pitcher’s dual.

The Mets tagged Ryan early when Keith Hernandez singled home Len Dykstra.  Neither team scored until the top of the seventh when Kevin Bass hit a solo homerun to tie the game up.  The Mets took the lead again in the bottom of the seventh when Len Dykstra doubled home Rafael Santana.

Gooden gave up one run on five hits and five walks and he struck out four.  He improved to 10-3 on the season and he also bunted the winning run over to second base in the seventh inning.

July 3, 2006

Darryl Strawberry Homers Twice in Mets Seventh Straight Win

by @ 5:26 pm. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - July

July 3, 1986 at Shea Stadium

Mets 6, Astros 5  (53-21)

The Mets won their third straight game by a single run and their seventh straight overall in dramatic fashion.  The Astros put two runs on the board in the top of the first inning off of Ron Darling to give the Astros an early 2-0 lead.  The Mets answered in the second with a solo homer off of Ed Hearn to make it 2-1.

The Astros put another run on the board in the fourth before the Mets finally tied things up in the fifth.  Darryl Strawberry hit a huge two run homerun to make it 3-3.  From that point on both teams starters calmed down and neither team scored in the final four innings of regulation.

In the top of the ninth, Jesse Orosco continued his struggles by giving up a two run homerun to Phil Garner.  Fortunately the Mets offense picked him up.  Len Dykstra drew a lead off walk, and then Darryl Strawberry hit his second homerun of the game to make it 5-5.  Astros reliever Frank DiPino got the next two batters out, but then Ray Knight came up huge with a solo homerun to end the game.

Jesse Orosco improved to 4-4 despite giving up the go ahead runs in the tenth.  At this point in the season, the Mets had already piled up a 12 1/2 game lead over the second place Montreal Expos.

July 2, 2006

Mets Edge Cardinals for Second Straight Game

by @ 5:21 pm. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - July

July 2, 1986 at Busch Stadium

Mets 4, Cardinals 3  (52-21)

The Mets edged the Cardinals for the second straight game en route to their sixth straight win.  The Mets got on the board early with a run in the first on Gary Carter’s RBI single.  The Cardinals then answered in the bottom of the second when Andy Van Slyke doubled home Curt Ford.

The Mets then put three runs on the board in the third.  Mookie Wilson and Wally Backman hit back to back singles and Keith Hernandez flew out to center.  Gary Carter then drove in a run with a sac. fly to give the Mets the lead.  With two outs, Darryl Strawberry doubled home Carter and then George Foster tripled home Strawberry to finish up the three run rally.

Starter Rick Aguilera got touched up for two more runs in the fifth and got pulled in favor of Doug Sisk, who got the Mets out of the jam.  Sisk improved to 2-1 and Jesse Orosco pitched the final 1 2/3 innings to earn his twelve save of the season.

July 1, 2006

Sid Fernandez Shuts Down Cardinals in Mets Win

by @ 5:18 pm. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - July

July 1, 1986 at Busch Stadium

Mets 2, Cardinals 1  (51-21)

Two early runs were all the Mets needed as Sid Fernandez and Roger McDowell held the defending National League champs in check.  Danny Heep singled home Darryl Strawberry in the second inning and then Mookie Wilson led off the third with a solo homerun.

The Cardinals scored a run on Fernandez in the fifth on back to back doubles, but that’s all the Cardinals could muster.  Fernandez went seven innings and gave up one run on nine hits to improve to 10-2.  Roger McDowell pitched two perfect frames to close out the game and he earned his seventh save of the season.

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