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September 30, 2006

Mets Offense Completely Shut Down in Loss to Expos

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

September 30, 1986 at Olympic Stadium 

Expos 1, Mets 0  (103-54)

The Mets had their worst offensive game of the season by being shutout and held to only two hits.  Gary Carter’s double and Lenny Dykstra’s single were the only hits of the game.

Ron Darling had a great outing go to waste and he dropped to 14-6.  He gave up one run on six hits and no walks with seven strikeouts in seven innings of work.

September 28, 2006

Mets Finish Sweep of Pirates in Eleven Inning Win

by @ 12:05 pm. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - September

September 28, 1986 at Three Rivers Stadium 

Mets 4, Pirates 1  (103-53)

The Mets completed their sweep of the Pirates with another eleven inning pitchers dual.  Bob Ojeda had a one run lead and a three hit shutout when Jim Morrison hit a solo homerun with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to send the game into extra innings.  Both teams got two batters on in the tenth, but neither scored.

In the top of the eleventh, Mookie Wilson and Tim Teufel struck out to start the inning.  Lenny Dykstra and Gary Carter followed that up with back to back singles, and then Darryl Strawberry hit a huge three run homerun to put the game away.  Reliever Rick Aguilera put the Pirates down in order and he walked away with his ninth win of the season.

September 27, 2006

Mets Edge Pirates in Eleven Innings

by @ 11:59 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - September

September 27, 1986 at Three Rivers Stadium 

Mets 4, Pirates 2  (102-53)

The Mets continued to add to their franchise record win total as they topped the Pirates in eleven innings.  The Pirates got on the board early off of Dwight Gooden and an RBI double by rookie Barry Bonds capped off a rally that gave the Pirates a 2-0 lead.

Dwight Gooden calmed down and the Mets tied the game in the top of the fifth.  Mookie Wilson grounded out but drove home Tim Teufel and then Lenny Dykstra doubled home Rafael Santana.

For the next five innings, neither team scored.  In the top of the eleventh, Gary Carter and Darryl Strawberry led off with back to back singles and they both moved over a base on Ray Knight’s bunt.  Wally Backman was given an intentional pass to load the bases and then Danny Heep reached base on an error by reliever Barry Jones that scored both Carter and Strawberry.  The Pirates threatened in the bottom of the eleventh by getting two men on, but Doug Sisk got rookie Barry Bonds to strike out and end the game.

September 26, 2006

Sid Fernandez Shuts Down Pirates in Mets Win

by @ 11:56 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - September

September 26, 1986 at Three Rivers Stadium 

Mets 3, Pirates 1  (101-53)

Sid Fernandez held the Pirates in check as he improved to 16-6 on the season.  He gave up a single run on eight hits with seven strikeouts in eight innings of work.  Roger McDowell came in and held the Pirates scoreless.  He earned his 20th save of the season.

Keith Hernandez had a two run single and Howard Johnson hit a solo homerun to account for the Mets three runs.  They only managed four hits but were able to make those count.

September 25, 2006

Mets Tie Franchise Record With 100th Win of the Season

by @ 11:55 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - September

September 25, 1986 at Wrigely Field 

Mets 6, Mets 5  (100-53)

The Mets tied a franchise record with their 100 win of the season in a tight contest with the Cubs.  The Mets appeared to have things in check after scoring three runs in the top of the ninth to break a 3-3 tie, but Roger McDowell was knocked around and Jesse Orosco had to come in and get the final out to end the rally.

Kevin Mitchell hit his 13th homerun of the season and singled.  Ray Knight drove in two runs and Mookie Wilson went three for five.

September 24, 2006

Mets Stuck at 99 Wins After Blowout Loss to Cubs

by @ 11:53 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - September

September 24, 1986 at Wrigley Field 

Cubs 8, Mets 2  (99-53)

The Cubs pummelled the Mets to prevent them from breaking their franchise win record.  Doug Sisk was shelled in the seventh inning to allow the Cubs to run away with it.  Rick Aguilera actually took the loss due to two early runs and he dropped to 8-7.

Gary Carter drove in both of the Mets runs with a two run shot in the top of the eighth.  In total, the Mets only had six hits and two walks.

September 23, 2006

Mets Tie Franchise Record With 100th Win of the Season

by @ 11:50 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - September

September 23, 1986 at Shea Stadium 

Mets 9, cardinals 1  (100-52)

The Mets tied a franchise record with their 100th win of the season.  Bob Ojeda held the Mets in check with six quality innings.  He gave up one run on three hits with five strikeouts and he improved to 17-5.  Jesse Orosco pitched the final three frames without giving up a run to earn his 19th save of the season.

Lee Mazzilli was one of the hitting stars.  he went two for four with three RBIs and a run.  Ray Knight, Keith Hernandez and Darryl Strawberry all went yard for the Mets.

September 22, 2006

Darryl Strawberry and Wally Backman Hit Homeruns in Mets 98th Win

by @ 11:36 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - September

September 22, 1986 at Shea Stadium 

Mets 5, Cardinals 2  (98-52)

The Mets came within one win of tying the team’s record 100 wins set back in 1969 by topping the Cardinals.  Dwight Gooden was impressive with his complete game two hitter.  He did give up two runs (one earned) and improved to 16-6.

Darryl Strawberry hit his 22nd homerun of the season and Wally Backman hit his first in the win.  Rafael Santana drove in two runs.

September 21, 2006

Mets Held to Three Hits in Blow Out Loss to Phillies

by @ 11:33 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - September

September 21, 1986 at Shea Stadium 

Phillies 7, Mets 1  (97-52)

The Mets continued to struggle against the Phillies as they lost their third straight series to the team.  The Mets managed only a single run on three hits off of starter Marvin Freeman and Kent Tekulve.  The lone run came in the second inning.  Darryl Strawberry tripled to lead off the inning, then scored on a passed ball.

John Mitchell lost his first career start.  He went five innings and gave up four runs on seven hits.

September 20, 2006

Mets Blow Out Phillies for 97th Win of the Season

by @ 11:29 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - September

Septmber 20, 1986 at Shea stadium 

Mets 9, Phillies 5  (97-51)

The Mets finally figured out the Phillies and ended their six game skid against the team.  The Mets scored their runs in bunches.  They got three in the first inning to give them a nice lead, but then Ron Darling gave that away when he gave up three in the sixth.  The Mets answered in the bottom half of the inning with five runs, four of which were unearned because of an error by Phillies shortstop Steve Jeltz.

Ron Darling improved to 14-5 by going seven innings and giving up three runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts.  Roger McDowell was shaky in two innings of work, and Davey Johnson had to be concerned about his struggling bullpen as the playoffs approached.

Rookie Stan Jefferson hit his first major league homerun with a three run shot in that big sixth inning.  Rookie backstop John Gibbons also hit his first (and only) career homerun as he went four for four with the homerun, two doubles, two runs and an RBI.  Gibbons had a grand total of eleven hits in his career spread over two seasons, and four of them came in this one game.

September 19, 2006

Phillies Edge Mets After Exciting Ninth Inning

by @ 11:25 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - September

September 19, 1986 at Shea Stadium 

Phillies 4, Mets 3  (96-51)

The Mets lost to the Philies for the sixth straight time in a dramatic game that included ninth rallies by both teams.  The Mets got on the board in the fourth inning when Kevin Mitchell drove home Tim Teufel on a sac. fly, but the Phillies took the lead in the top of the sixth when they tagged Sid Fernandez for two runs.

Neither team would score through the end of the eighth inning.  In the top of the ninth, Niemann gave up two runs to make it 4-1 and the game appeared out of reach for the Mets. 

In the bottom of the ninth, Stan Jefferson struck out to lead things off, and then Tim Teufel singled.  Rookie Dave Magadan singled and moved Teufel to third before Kevin Mitchell grounded out to short for out number two.  Then back to back singles by Danny Heep and Howard Johnson drove home a run apiece to make it one run game.  The Phillies went to their pen and brought in Steve Bedrosian, who was then able to get Darryl Strawberry to line out and end the game.

September 18, 2006

Rick Anderson and the Mets Bullpen Shut Out the Cubs

by @ 4:44 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - September

September 18, 1986 at Shea Stadium 

Mets 5, Cubs 0  (96-50)

The Mets swept their two game miniseries with the Cubs by hitting rookie stater Greg Maddux hard in the fourth inning and with a strong outing by Rick Anderson.  The Mets tagged Maddux for four runs in the fourth and by the end of the inning, the Cubs were looking to their pen.

Anderson improved to 2-1 on the season as he shutout the Cubs through five innings.  J. John Mitchell and Randy Myers closed the game out by combining for four scoreless innings.

Howard Johnson had the big hit of the game.  His three run shot in the fourth put the game away.  He also walked twice and stole two bases.

September 17, 2006

Rookie Dave Magadan Drives In Two Runs in Mets Win Over Cubs

by @ 4:42 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - September

September 17, 1986 at Shea Stadium 

Mets 4, Cubs 2  (95-50)

The Mets came one step closer to breaking the franchise record of 100 wins that the 1969 team set.  Dwight Gooden was solid on the mound as he improved to 15-6 with another complete game.  He gave up two runs on six hits and five walks with eight strikeouts.

Rookie Dave Magadan had the best game of his short career.  He went three for four with two RBIs.  Lenny Dykstra went two for four with two runs and Darryl Strawberry and Ray Knight both had two hits.

September 16, 2006

Mets Snap Four Game Skid Behind Solid Pitching by Rick Aguilera

by @ 4:34 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - September

September 16, 1986 at Busch Stadium 

Mets 4, Cardinals 2  (94-50)

The Mets finally got back on track and ended their four game skid with a good outing by Rick Aguilera and some solid pen work by Jesse Orosco.  He gave up two runs on eight hits with six strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings of work.  Jesse Orosco threw 2 1/3 perfect innings to earn his eighteenth save of the season.

Three of the Mets four runs came in the third inning.  Aguilera led off the inning with a strikeout but Mookie Wilson and Kevin Mitchell drew back to back walks.  Keith Hernandez moved them both over with a ground out and then Gary Carter was walked intentionally to load up the bases.  Cardinals starter Tim Conroy threw a wild pitch that scored Wilson and moved everyone over and then Darryl Strawberry drew a walk.  Joe Boever replaced Conroy on the mound and immediately gave up a two run single to give the Mets the lead (for good).  The Mets added an insurance run in the eighth when Wally Backman tripled and then scored on Rafael Santana’s single, but the run ended up being unneccesary.

September 15, 2006

Mets Lose Fourth Straight Game in Pitcher’s Dual

by @ 6:50 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - September

September 15, 1986 at Busch Stadium 

Cardinals 1, Mets 0  (93-50)

The Mets matched their longest losing streak of the season by dropping an extra inning pitchers dual.  Ron Darling left the game after nine innings, effectively throwing a four hit shutout, but the Mets couldn’t put a run on the board.  John Tudor started the game but left in the fourth inning with a sore shoulder.

The game finally ended in the bottom of the thirteenth.  With the bases loaded, Roger McDowell walked home the winning run as he dropped to 13-9 on the season.

September 14, 2006

Mets Swept by Phillies After Shutout Loss

by @ 6:47 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - September

September 14, 1986 at Veteran’s Stadium 

Phillies 6, Mets 0  (93-49)

The Mets lost their third straight game and their fifth in sixth games as they were swept by the Phillies.  The Mets were shutout and held to only six hits by Kevin Gross.

Sid Fernandez dropped to 15-5 and only went four innings.  He gave up four runs on six hits with four strikeouts.  Wally Backman and rookie Kevin Elster both had two hits.

September 13, 2006

Mets Skid Continues in Loss to Phillies

by @ 6:44 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - September

September 13, 1986 at Veteran’s Stadium 

Phillies 6, Mets 5  (93-48)

The Mets lost for the fourth time in five games in a close affair with the Phillies.  The Mets jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead on rookie starter Greg Maddux in the first inning and the Phillies responded with two runs in the fourth and sixth to tie the game.  Two more runs in the seventh for the Phillies effectively put the game away.

Roger McDowell was hit hard in relief and dropped to 13-8.  He gave up four runs on three hits and two walks in two innings of work.  Starter Bob Ojeda gave up two unearned runs on three hits through five innings.

Lenny Dykstra hit his eighth homerun of the season and Ray Knight had two hits and two RBIs.  Mookie Wilson and Keith Hernandez both had two singles.

September 12, 2006

Four Errors Cost Dwight Gooden and Mets Against Phillies

by @ 6:40 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - September

September 12, 1986 at Veteran’s Stadium 

Phillies 6, Mets 3  (93-47)

Four errors and a shaky start by Dwight Gooden cost the Mets a win in this one.  Gooden went five innings and gave up five runs (four earned) on eight hits with seven strikeouts.

Rookie Bruce Ruffin held the Mets in check by allowing only three runners to score.  Tim Teufel had two hits and two RBIs while Keith Hernandez went two for four with a run.

September 10, 2006

Ron Darling Wins Thirteenth Game in Win Over Expos

by @ 9:11 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - September

September 10, 1986 at Shea Stadium 

Mets 6, Expos 1  (93-46)

A big first inning and a strong outing by Ron Darling ended the Mets two game losing streak.  Darling improved to 13-5 by going eight innings.  He gave up only a single run on five hits.

Keith Hernandez and Mookie Wilson both homered and drove in two runs.  Wally Backman had two hits and a run.

September 9, 2006

Roger McDowell and Jesse Orosco Hit Hard In Mets Loss to Expos

by @ 7:11 pm. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - September

September 9, 1986 at Shea Stadium 

Expos 9, Mets 7  (92-46)

The Expos handed the Mets their second straight loss as their pitchers once again got tagged.  Rick Aguilera gave up four runs on eleven hits before coming out of the game.  The usually reliable pair of Roger McDowell and Jesse Orosco combined to give up five runs on eight hits in two innings of work.  Orosco took the loss and dropped to 6-6.

Darryll Strawberry hit his 21st homerun of the season and Rafael Santana and Lenny Dykstra both drove in two runs.  Danny Heep scored twice and tripled.

September 8, 2006

Bob Ojeda Knocked Around by Expos in Blow Out Loss

by @ 2:50 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - September

September 8, 1986 at Shea Stadium 

Expos 9, Mets 1  (92-45)

The Mets four game winning streak came to crashing halt as Bob Ojeda was pummelled by the Expos.  He gave up six runs on ten hits in 6 2/3 innings of work.  Rick Anderson didn’t fare too much better in 1 1/3 innings of relief.  He gave up three runs on six hits.

Darryl Strawberry accounted for the lone Mets run by hitting a solo shot in the bottom of the ninth.  The Mets only managed five hits, all by different players.

September 7, 2006

Mets Sweep Doubleheader Over Padres

by @ 2:43 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - September

September 7, 1986 at Shea Stadium 

Mets 7, Padres 1  (91-44)

The Mets won their third game in a row behind a masterful performance by Dwight Gooden.  The Padres only scored one run off of Gooden on a solo homerun by Iorg.  Gooden improved to 14-5 and gave up only five hits and he struck out five.

Mookie Wilson and Kevin Mitchell both had big games.  Wilson went two for four with two RBIs and two runs.  Mitchell drove in three runs on two hits.  Gary Carter drove in two runs without getting a hit.

September 7, 1986 at Shea Stadium 

Mets 6, Padres 5  (92-44)

The Mets finished their doubleheader sweep against the Padres in a tight game.  In the bottom of the first, Keith Hernandez and Danny Heep had RBI singles to give the Mets a 2-0 lead, but the Padres answered in the third inning with three runs off of Sid Fernandez.

The Mets tied the game in the fourth on another RBI single by Keith Hernandez, but the Padres once again took the lead with a run in the sixth.  Then in the bottom half of the sixth, the Mets took the lead for good.  Wally Backman led off with a walk and then stole second base.  Keith Hernandez singled him home to tie the game and then moved to second on Darryll Strawberry’s ground out.  Danny Heep and Howard Johnson then drew back to back walks to load the bases up, and then Ed Hearn drew another walk to drive Hernandez home.  Rafael Santana then reached on a fielders choice that drove home Heep before Lee Mazzilli grounded to short to end the inning.

The Padres did threaten in the ninth.  Bip Roberts drove home Garry Templeteon to make it a one run game but Roger McDowell got Dane Iorg to ground to end the inning.

Doug Sisk walked away with the win and improved to 4-2.  Roger McDowell saved his nineteenth game of the season.

September 6, 2006

Gary Carter’s Two Homeruns Leads Mets to 90th Win This Season

by @ 2:40 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - September

September 6, 1986 at Shea Stadium 

Mets 4, Padres 3  (90-44)

The Mets came from behind to win their 90th game of the season.  The Padres jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead, but the Mets picked away at it until they put the game away in the eighth inning.

In the third, Keith Hernandez drove in Wally Backman with a single.  In the sixth, they cut the lead to 3-2 when Gary Carter hit a solo homerun.  Then in the bottom of the eight, Carter struck again.  This time it was a two run shot and it gave the Mets a 4-3 lead late in the game.

Jesse Orosco put the Padres down 1-2-3 to improve to 6-5 on the season.  Ron Darling gave up a bunch of hits (12) but only three runs.  he struck out six and walked one.

September 3, 2006

Bob Ojeda Wins Sixteenth Game

by @ 2:39 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - September

September 3, 1986 at Shea Stadium 

Mets 4, Giants 2  (89-44)

The Mets won their three game series with the Giants behind a very strong outing by Bob Ojeda.  Ojeda improved to 16-4 on the season as he threw a two run, three hit complete game.  He struck out seven and walked one.

Lenny Dysktra had three walks, scored a run and stole two bases and Ray Knight went two for four with an RBI.  In total, the Mets drew eight walks.

September 2, 2006

Three Run Sixth Costs Mets, Gooden the Win

by @ 2:37 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - September

September 2, 1986 at Shea Stadium 

Giants 4, Mets 3  (88-44)

Dwight Gooden was hit hard in the sixth inning for three runs as the Giants pushed out to a 4-0 lead.  The Mets shaved the lead to a single run with two in the seventh and one in th eighth, but they weren’t able to finish the rally.

Gooden dropped to 13-5 on the season. He struck out ten but gave up four runs on six hits and three walks.  Lenny Dykstra and Mookie Wilson had two hits and a run.

September 1, 2006

Mets Get Back on Track With Win Over Giants

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

September 1, 1986 at Shea Stadium 

Mets 5, Giants 2  (88-43)

It didn’t take long for the Mets get to get back to winning as they topped the Giants with a big eighth inning rally.  It was the Mets twelth win in fourteen games.

The Mets got on the board early when Gary Carter singled home Wally Backman in the first inning.  They added another run in the fourth on Rafael Santana’s RBI single, but the Giants finally got on the board and tied the game up in the sixth with two runs off of starter Sid Fernandez.

Neither team scored until the Mets came to bat in the bottom of the eighth.  Wally Backman led off the inning with a walk and moved to second on Keith Hernandez’s ground out.  Gary Carter was intentionally walked before Mookie Wilson drove home the go ahead run with a single.  Danny Heep drew a walk to load the bases, and then Howard Johnson opened the game with a two run single to make it 5-2.

Roger McDowell walked a batter in the ninth but the Giants never really threated.  He got the win an improved to 13-7.  Sid Fernandez struck out a season high fourteen batters in seven innings of work.

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