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May 31, 2006

Giants End Mets Winning Streak, Roughs Up Bob Ojeda

by @ 11:17 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - May

May 31, 1986 at Shea Stadium

Giants 7, Mets 3  (31-12)

The Mets winning streak came to an end as Giants jumped out to an early lead against Bob Ojeda and never looked back.  The Giants scored four runs in the first and two in the third to make it 6-3.  They added an extra run in the fourth, but even then the game was pretty much decided.

Bob Ojeda was pulled after 3 1/3 and he gave up seven runs on nine hits.  Mooke Wilson homered for the Mets as he went two for two with two runs.  Wally Backman was two for four with a run.

May 30, 2006

Mets Top Giants in Extra Innings Thriller

by @ 11:07 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - May

May 30, 1986 at Shea Stadium 

Mets 8, Giants 7  (31-11)

The Mets made it six in a row and they pushed themselves 20 games above .500 for the first time.  The Mets jumped out to an early lead in the first inning.  Len Dykstra led off with a single and Wally Backman walked.  Keith Hernandez then singled home Dykstra to make it 1-0.  Gary Carter struck out and Backman stole third base, and then Darryl Strawberry walked to load the bases up.  George Foster hit into a fielders choice that scored Backman and Ray Knight singled home Darryl Strawberry to make it 3-0.

The Giants cut the lead to 3-1 in the second inning, then in the third inning the Giants tagged Bruce Berenyi for three runs.  Just like that, the Mets were down, but in the bottom of the third, they pushed themselves in front again.  George Foster hit a huge two run shot to give the Mets a 5-4 lead. 

The Mets added a run in the fifth inning when Ray Knight’s sac. fly scored Gary Carter.  In the top of the sixth, reliever Rick Aguilera ran into trouble.  Chili Davis hit a solo homer and the lead was back to a single run.

Roger McDowell relieved Aguilera, but he didn’t fare much better.  In the top of the eighth, Will Clark doubled home Dan Gladden and just like that, the game was tied.  Jesse Orosco came in to relieve McDowell in the ninth, and he got the Giants to go down quietly.  Giants’ reliver Greg Minton did the same with the Mets.

In the top of the tenth, the Giants didn’t waste much time getting on the board.  Robby Thompson hit a solo homerun to put the Giants up 7-6.  Orosco later gave up a double and a walk in the inning, but he got out of the jam by getting Bob Brenly to ground out.

In the bottom of the tenth, Keith Hernandez led off with a single.  Gary Carter flew out to right field, and then Mitchell singled and Hernandez moved to second.  Reliever Juan Berenguer threw a wild pitch and each base runner moved up.  Howard Johnson drew a walk to load up the bases, and then Ray Knight hit a sac. fly that scored Hernandez and tied up the game.  Santana then reached on an error by shortstop Jose Uribe’s error and Mitchell scored the game winning run.

May 29, 2006

Mets Sweep Dodgers, Win Fifth Straight Game

by @ 11:04 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - May

May 29, 1986 at Shea Stadium

Mets 5, Dodgers 2  (30-11)

The Mets won their fifth straight game and swept the Dodgers with another good pitching performance.  This time it was Sid Fernandez, who improved to 5-1 on the season. He held the Dodgers to two runs on four hits while striking out five.  Roger McDowell and Jesse Orosco combined to pitch a score less ninth, and Orosco saved his eighth game of the season.

Keith Hernandez had a two run double, Ray Knight was two for three with a run and an RBI and George Foster hit a solo homerun.

May 28, 2006

Dwight Gooden Pitches Mets to Fourth Straight Win

by @ 11:02 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - May

May 28, 1986 at Shea Stadium

Mets 4, Dodgers 2  (29-11)

The Mets made it four in a row by edging the Dodgers 4-2.  Dwight Gooden bounced back from his previous rough start and held the Dodgers in check.  He went the distance and gave up only two runs on five hits while striking out ten.

The Mets did most of their damage in the six inning when they put three runs on the board.  Kevin Mitchell capped off the inning with a two run shot  Keith Hernandez homered earlier in the game and Ray Knight went two for four with an RBI.

May 27, 2006

Mets Top Dodgers in Blowout Win

by @ 10:53 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - May

May 27, 1986 at Shea Stadium 

Mets 8, Dodgers 1  (28-11)

It’s hard to believe the Mets were actually down in this game.  Ron Darling gave up a solo homerun to Ken Landreaux in the top of the first to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead.  The Mets tied the game up in the fourth on Gary Carter’s sac. fly.

In the sixth, the Mets busted the game open.  Len Dykstra led off with a single, then scored on Wally Backman’s double.  Keith Hernandez singled to put runners at the corners, and then Gary Carter singled home Backman.  Danny Heep singled to make it five straight hits to load the bases.

Tom Niedenfuer came in to relieve Bob Welch, but that didn’t stop the damage because George Foster hit a grand slam to put the Mets up 6-1.  The Mets actually loaded the bases up again but Niedenfuer was replaced by Ed Vande Berg and he managed to get out of the inning without any further damage.

Keith Hernandez hit a solo homer in the seventh to add insult to injury.  Ron Darling was phenomonal and he went the distance and held the Dodgers to one run on five hits and he struck out twelve.

May 25, 2006

Mets Edge Padres in Eleven Innings

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

May 25, 1986 at Jack Murphy Stadium

Mets 4, Padres 2  (27-11)

The Mets took their series with the Padres by topping them in the rubber game in eleven innings.  The Padres opened up the game with two runs in the first inning off of starter Bobby Ojeda, but Ojeda calmed down and threw a gem the rest of the way.

The Mets scored a single run in the third inning on Darryl Strawberry’s RBI single and then they tied the game up in the eighth on another RBI single by Strawberry.  Bob Ojeda went nine innings and gave up two runs on seven hits but he walked away without a decision. 

In the top of the eleventh, Darryl Strawberry singled and Rafael Santana popped out to first.  Strawberry stole second base and then Mookie Wilson drew a walk.  Strawberry and Wilson then pulled of a double steal to put two men in scoring position.  Howard Johnson was walked intentionally to load the bases up, and then Padres reliever Lance McCullers threw a wild pitch that Strawberry scored on.  Ed Hearn drew a walk to once again load up the bases, and then Jesse Orosco helped out his own cause by driving home Wilson with a sac. fly.

Orosco pitched the final two innings without giving up a hit as he improved to 1-2.  He walked two and struck out one.

May 24, 2006

Mets Edge Padres in Come From Behind Win

by @ 10:41 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - May

May 24, 1986 at Jack Murphy Stadium

Mets 5, Padres 4  (26-11)

The Mets came from behind with a big fourth inning to get back on track.  The Padres put three runs on the board in the second inning against starter Bruce Berenyi, but he calmed down a pitched a nice game the rest of the way.  That allowed the Mets to get back in it.

And get back in it they did.  In the top of the fourth inning, Kevin Mitchell, Keith Hernandez and Gary Carter singled in succession to put a run on the board.  Darryl Strawberry flew out and then George Foster made it a one run game with a sacrafice fly.  Tim Teufel singled to put runners on first and second, and then Rafael Santana cleared the bases with double to give the Mets a one run lead.

They added an insurance run in the fifth when Gary Carter drove home Mitchell with a single.  The run proved to be neccesary as the Padres put a run on the board in the bottom of the sixth inning.  But the usual duo of Roger McDowell and Jesse Orosco held the Padres in check through the final three innings to seal up the victory.  Orosco earned his seventh save of the season by pitching a perfect ninth.

May 23, 2006

Tony Gwynn Homers in Mets Second Straight Loss

by @ 10:36 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - May

May 23, 1986 at Jack Murphy Stadium

Padres 7, Mets 4  (25-11)

The Mets pen railed them in this game as Jesse Orosco gave up a three run homerun to Tony Gwynn in the bottom of the ninth to lose the game.  The Mets got a run in the first when Keith Hernandez drove in Mookie Wilson on a ground out.  Starter Sid Fernandez then gave up two runs in each of the second and third innings to give the Padres a 4-1 lead.

The Mets began their comeback in the sixth when Gary Carter hit a solo shot to make it 4-2.  Then in the seventh, the Mets tied the game on Wilson’s two run triple.  Then Orosco fell apart and lost the game in the ninth.

May 22, 2006

Giants Blowout Mets, Hit Dwight Gooden Hard

by @ 10:33 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - May

May 22, 1986 at Candlestick Park

Giants 10, Mets 2  (25-10)

The Mets lost an ugly, ugly game.  Dwight Gooden had his worst start of the season by yielding seven runs on nine hits in only four innings of work.  The pen didn’t fare a whole lot better as both Rick Aguilera and Doug Sisk both gave up runs in the blowout loss.

Giants starter Mike Krukow held the Giants to only two hits, but one of them was a two run homerun by Keith Hernandez.

May 21, 2006

Wally Backman, Darryl Strawberry Hit Mets to Third Straight Win

by @ 10:30 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - May

May 21, 1986 at Candlestick Park

Mets 7, Giants 4  (25-9)

The Mets won their third game in a row behind strong games by Wally Backman and Darryl Strawberry.  Backman went three for five with two doubles, two RBIs and a run while Strawberry went two for four with two doubles, two RBIs and a run.  Leadoff hitter Mookie Wilson scored twice.

Ron Darling improved to 5-0 with seven solid innings.  He gave up two runs on three hits and four walks while striking out four.  The Giants staged a comeback on reliever Roger McDowell, but he got through a rough eighth and pitched a perfect ninth to finish off the Giants.

May 20, 2006

Bob Ojeda Shuts Down Giants in Mets Win

by @ 10:25 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - May

May 20, 1986 at Candlestick Park

Mets 2, Giants 1  (24-9)

The Mets won an old fashioned pitchers dual by coming from behind against the Giants.  With the score 1-0 heading into the seventh, the Mets tied the game on Gary Carter’s RBI single.  Then in the eighth, they took the lead when Ray Knight scored on Bob Brenly’s passed ball.

Bob Ojeda was very impressive and he improved to 6-1.  He threw seven innings and gave up one run on five hits and no walks.  Roger McDowell shutout the Giants in the final two innings to earn his fourth save of the season.

May 18, 2006

George Foster Homers Twice in Mets Win Over Dodgers

by @ 2:36 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - May

May 18, 1986 at Dodgers Stadium

Mets 8, Dodgers 4  (23-9)

The Mets avoided a sweep and ended their current skid by blowing out the Dodgers.  George Foster had a monster game as he went two for three with two homeruns, four RBIs and three runs.  Kevin Mitchell went three for five with a run scored and Keith Herandez and Gary Carter both had two hits and two runs.  Tim Teufel drove in two runs.

Mets starter Bruce Berenyi gave up all four runs in the third inning and was summarily pulled.  Randy Niemann and Roger McDowell were impressive in relief and they threw the final 6 1/3 innings and gave up no runs on only four hits. 

May 17, 2006

Mets Continue to Struggle, Strand Eleven Batters in Loss to Dodgers

by @ 2:32 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - May

May 17, 1986 at Dodgers Stadium

Dodgers 6, Mets 2  (22-9)

The Mets losing streak continued as they lost their fourth of five games.  Sid Fernandez was rolling along until the bottom of the eighth inning when, with the score tied 2-2, he got tagged for four runs.

The Mets blew a ton of opportunities as they had thirteen hits but could only manage to get two across the plate.  They stranded eleven batters in total.  Keith Hernandez went three for four with an RBI and Ray Knight continued to hit well by going three for four with a double.

May 16, 2006

Dodgers Top Mets in Eleven Innings

by @ 2:28 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - May

May 16, 1986 at Dodger Stadium

Dodgers 4, Mets 3  (22-8)

The Dodgers handed the Mets their third loss in four games in a dramatic eleven inning affair.  The Mets jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first when both Keith Hernandez and Darryl Strawberry scored on third baseman Bill Madlock’s error.  The Dodgers answered in the bottom of the sixth with three unearned runs off of starter Dwight Gooden.

With the score 3-2, the Mets tied the game in the top of the seventh on an RBI double for Darryl Strawberry.  Neither team scored in the eight or ninth, and the game went into extra frames.

Jesse Orosco finally gave up the game winning run in the eleventh on Bill Russell’s RBI bunt single.  Dwight Gooden had a solid game go to waste as he gave up the three runs (all unearned) on seven hits and had seven strikeouts in eight innings of work.  Orel Hershiser was just as good.  He went nine and gave up three runs (one earned) on six hits while striking out ten.

May 15, 2006

Ron Darling Outpitches Nolan Ryan in Mets Win

by @ 2:59 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - May

May 15, 1986 at Astrodome

Mets 6, Astros 2  (22-7)

The Mets got back on track with a solid win over Nolan Ryan and the Astros.  Danny Heep and Darryl Strawberry both homered for the Mets and Lenny Dykstra went two for five with a run.

Ron Darling improved to 4-0 with eight solid innings.  He gave up only two runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out three.  Jesse Orosco pitched a perfect ninth to close out the game.

May 14, 2006

Bob Ojeda Drops First Start of Season, Mets Lose in Houston

by @ 2:55 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - May, Uncategorized

May 14, 1986 at Astrodome

Astros 6, Mets 2  (21-7)

For the first time in almost a month, the Mets lost back to back games.  Bob Ojeda lost his first game of the season and ave up four runs (two earned) on seven hits and three walks, and reliever Terry Leach was also hit hard.

The Mets scattered two runs on five hits.  Gary Carter had a solo homer in the seventh and Kevin Mitchell drove home Rafael Santana with a double to account for the Mets’ two runs.

May 13, 2006

Rick Aguilera Drops to 0-3 in Mets Loss to Braves

by @ 2:51 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - May

May 13, 1986 at Shea Stadium

Braves 6, Mets 3  (21-6)

The Mets had a 3-2 lead when Rick Aguilera fell apart in the top of the seventh.  Aguilera’s record was 0-3, and he was the pitcher of record in three of the Mets six losses.

Keith Hernandez went two for four with a run and an RBI and Howard Johnson drove in two runs.

May 12, 2006

Sid Fernandez, Roger McDowell Hold Braves Scoreless in Mets Win

by @ 2:46 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - May

May 12, 1986 at Shea Stadium

Mets 1, Braves 0  (21-5)

The Mets got back on track with strong outings by starter Sid Fernandez and some solid relief work from Roger McDowell.  Fernandez left the scoreless game after seven innings after giving up only four hits while striking out ten.  Roger McDowell pitched two no-hit innings and he improved to 3-0.

The game was scoreless heading into the bottom of the ninth.  Ray Knight led off the inning with a double, and then Tim Teufel singled him home for the walk off RBI.

May 11, 2006

Dwight Gooden Drops First Game, Mets Lose to Reds

by @ 2:42 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - May

May 11, 1986  at Shea Stadium

Reds 3, Mets 2  (20-5)

Dwight Gooden gave up three runs in the second inning as his perfect record was snapped.  It was a very un-Goodenlike performance and he went five innings and gave up three runs on eight hits.

Darryl Strawberry drove in a run with a sac. fly and Danny Heep had an RBI single.  The Mets were held to a mere five hits and starter Bill Gullickson has a no-hitter going through four innings.

May 10, 2006

Ron Darling Shuts Down Reds in Another Mets Win

by @ 2:36 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - May

May 10, 1986  at Shea Stadium

Mets 5, Reds 1  (20-4)

The Mets won for the eighteenth time in nineteen games behind an impressive pitching performance by Ron Darling.  Darling threw eight innings of three hit ball, and he struck out four Reds.

Gary Carter blew the game open with a two run homer in the bottom of the eighth that capped off a three run inning.  Keith Hernandez went three for four with and RBI and run and George Foster had a solo homerun.

The Mets were only ten days into the second month of the season, and they already had a five game lead over the second place Expos.

May 9, 2006

Bob Ojeda Strikes Out Ten, Mets Improve to 19-4.

by @ 12:37 pm. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - May

May 9, 1986 at Shea Stadium

Mets 2, Reds 1  (19-4)

The Mets continued their tear as they edged the Cincinnati Reds despite getting only three hits.  The Mets were down 1-0 heading into the bottom of the sixth and Tim Teufel led off the inning with a single.  Starter Bob Ojeda popped up, then Len Dykstra drew a walk.  Howard Johnson doubled and drove home Teufel.  Keith Hernandez was intentionally walked to load up the bases, then Darryl Strawberry drove home Dykstra with a sac. fly.

Bob Ojeda had a career day.  He went eight innings and gave up only one run on six hits while striking out ten.  Roger McDowell pitched a perfect ninth to earn his third save of the season.

May 7, 2006

Darryl Strawberry’s Homerun Leads Met’s to Sixteenth Win in Seventeen Games

by @ 12:33 pm. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - May

May 7, 1986 at Shea Stadium

Mets 3, Astros 2  (18-4)

Sid Fernandez won his pitching dual with Nolan Ryan as the Mets walked away with another win.  A big two run shot by Darryl Strawberry in the bottom of the third put the Mets up by two runs and an RBI double by Len Dykstra in the fourth put the Mets up by three.

The Astros finally got to Sid Fernandez in the sixth inning as they tapped him for a run.  They added another run in the seventh to cut the lead to a single run, but Roger McDowell and Jesse Orosco pitched the eighth and ninth respectively and held the Astros in check.  Orosco earned his sixth save of the season, and Fernandez improved to 4-0.

May 6, 2006

Mets Winning Streak Continues With Dwight Gooden’s Shutout

by @ 12:31 pm. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - May

May 6, 1986 at Shea Stadium

Mets 4, Astros 0  (17-4)

Dwight Gooden threw a two hit shutout as the Mets won for the fifteenth time in sixteen games.  Gooden improved to 5-0 and he struck out seven.

Gooden even helped out his own cause with a two run triple in the bottom of the seventh inning.  George Foster had a solo homerun and he scored twice.

May 4, 2006

Darryl Strawberry Homers Twice in Mets Win

by @ 12:28 pm. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - May

May 4, 1986 at Riverfront Stadium

Mets 7, Reds 2  (16-4)

The Mets continued their winning ways behind a strong game by Darryl Strawberry.  Strawberry hit a two run homer in the top of the first, then he hit a solo homer in the top of the third.  Wally Backman also had a nice game as he went four for five with two runs and an RBI, while Ray Knight drove in two runs.

Ron Darling improved to 2-0 with 6 2/3 innings of solid work.  While he walked six batters, he gave up only two runs on four hits and he struck out five.  Roger McDowell pitched the 2 1/3 innings without giving up a baserunner as he earned his second save of the season.

May 3, 2006

Bob Ojeda Pitches Mets to Another Win

by @ 12:19 pm. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - May, Uncategorized

May 3, 1986  at Riverfront Stadium

Mets 4, Reds 1  (15-4)

The Mets won for the thirteenth time in their last fourteen games behind another strong outing by Bob Ojeda.  The Mets got on the board in the second inning with two runs and that was basically all they needed.  They added two more in the seventh on a two run homerun by Keith Hernandez to give Ojeda a little insurance, but it wasn’t neccesary.

Hernandez was three for four with the homerun and Ray Knight finished three for four with a run.  Ojeda improved to 4-0 by going seven innings.  He gave up one unearned run on six hits and four walks while striking out two.  Jesse Orosco threw the final two frames and didn’t yield a hit as he earned his fifth save.

May 2, 2006

Jesse Orosco Holds Down Late Inning Rally, Mets Edge Reds

by @ 12:14 pm. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - May

May 2, 1986 at Riverfront Stadium

Mets 8, Reds 7  (14-4)

The Mets continued their winning ways but not without almost giving up a huge lead.  The Mets ran out to an early 5-2 lead after three innings, and it was 8-2 after the Mets batted in the top of the eighth,  The Reds didn’t roll over though, and they rattled off five runs in the bottom of the ninth to shave the lead to a single run.  Fortunately Jesse Orosco came in to save the day and end the Reds rally.

Keith Hernandez, Ray Knight and Roger McDowell all had two RBIs and Gary Carter and Darryl Strawberry scored twice.  Sid Fernandez improved to 3-0, but it was Roger McDowell who got shelled in that eighth inning.  Jesse Orosco threw 1 2/3 innings of no hit ball, but his wild pitch scored an inherited runner.  Despite this, he earned his fourth save of the season.

May 1, 2006

Mets Finally Lose, Eleven Game Winning Streak Comes to an End

by @ 12:10 pm. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - May

May 1, 1986 at Fulton County Stadium

Braves 7, Mets 2  (13-4)

The Mets eleven game winning streak came to an end as starter Rick Aguilera took a beating.  He lasted only 3 1/3 innings and gave up six runs on seven hits, four of which were homeruns.  Oddly, he struck out five batters.

Zane Smith was phenomenal for the Braves as he went the distance and struck out twelve Mets, holding them to five hits.  Keith Hernandez and Ray Knight both had RBI doubles to account for the Mets two runs.

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