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April 30, 2006

Dwight Gooden, Darryl Strawberry Lead Mets to Eleventh Straight Win

by @ 9:31 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - April

April 30, 1986  Mets 8, Braves 1  (13-3)

The Mets ran up the score against the Braves and walked away with their eleventh straight win.  Darryl Strawberry had a monster game.  He went five for five with a homerun, three RBIs and two runs.  Lenny Dykstra was three for five with two runs and Wally Backman scored twice.

Dwight Gooden coasted to his fourth straight win with eight innings of work.  He gave up only one run on six hits, and he struck out five.

April 29, 2006

Darryl Strawberry Powers Mets to Tenth Straight Win

by @ 9:28 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - April

April 29, 1986 at Fulton County Stadium 

Mets 10, Braves 5  (12-3)

The Mets doubled up the Braves, and ironically, they scored ten runs en route to their tenth straight win.  Darryl Strawberry had a three run homer and he drove in four runs.  Wally Backman was four for six with three runs and Keith Hernandez was three for four with three runs.

The Mets were actually down 5-2 going into the fifth inning before they rallied and took over.  Ron Darling only went 3 2/3 innings, but three relievers combined for 5 1/3 innings of one hit ball.  Roger McDowell pitched the final three innings without giving a baserunner to earn his first save of the season.

April 27, 2006

Bobby Ojeda Improves to 3-0 in Mets Ninth Straight Win

by @ 9:24 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - April

April 27, 1986 at Busch Stadium

Mets 5, Cardinals 3  (11-3)

The Mets swept the Cardinals and won their ninth straight game behind some strong pitching by Bob Ojeda.  Ojeda improved to 3-0 with his complete game, and he gave up three runs on nine hits.

Tim Teufel had a two run homer and Kevin Mitchell went two for four with a solo homerun and two runs.  George Foster also had two hits and drove in one run.

April 26, 2006

Mets Win Eighth Straight In Tight Contest With Cardinals

by @ 9:21 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - April

April 26, 1986 at Busch Stadium

Mets 4, Cardinals 3  (10-3)

The Mets made it eight in a row as they edged the Cardinals 4-3.  The Mets scored all four of their runs and had five of their eight hits in the first inning.

Lenny Dykstra led off the game with a homerun and Danny Heep went two for four with two RBIs.  Sid Fernandez was very solid in eight innings of work.  He gave up only two hits and two runs with ten strikeouts.  Jesse Orosco got the final two Cardinals out to earn his third save of the season.

April 25, 2006

Dwight Gooden Shutouts Cardinals, Mets Win Seventh Straight

by @ 9:17 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - April

April 25, 1986 at Busch Stadium

Mets 9, Cardinals 0  (9-3)

The Mets blew out the Cardinals as they won their seventh game in a row.  The game was actually close (2-0) until the top of the eighth when the Mets exploded for five runs to put the game away.

Ray Knight continued to hit well as he went two for four with two homeruns and four RBIs.  Gary Carter scored twice without getting a hit.  He drew three walks and Santana went three for five with two runs.

Dwight Gooden was exceptional as he improved to 3-0.  He went the distance and gave up only five hits, while striking out five.

April 24, 2006

George Foster, Howard Johnson Help Mets to Sixth Straight Win

by @ 6:42 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - April

April 24, 1986 at Busch Stadium 

Mets 5, Cardinals 4  (8-3)

It took ten innings, but the Mets won their sixth game in a row.  The Cardinals had a 3-1 lead heading into the eighth inning but the Mets shaved that lead in half on Gary Carter’s RBI single.  The Cardinals added a run in the bottom half of the inning, and the Mets went into the ninth down by two runs.

George Foster led off the ninth with a double and he moved to third on Ray Knight’s ground out.  Then Howard Johnson came up huge a two run blast that tied the game, sending it into extra innings.

The Mets didn’t waste much time to put the game away.  Wally Backman led off with a walk and stole second base.  Keith Hernandez grounded out to third and Gary Carter flew out to right.  Darryl Strawberry was given an intentional pass, and then George Foster came up with another big hit as he singled home Backman.

Roger McDowell threw the ninth and tenth and didn’t give up a hit while striking out two. He improved to 2-0.  The bullpen really kept the Mets in the game as four relievers (including McDowell) combined to throw five innings of one hit ball.

April 22, 2006

Bob Ojeda Sharp in Blow Out Win Over Pirates

by @ 6:39 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - April

April 22, 1986 at Shea Stadium

Mets 7, Pirates 1  (7-3)

This one was over pretty quickly as the Mets scored in each of the first five innings.  After five, the Mets had a 7-0 lead as Bob Ojeda coasted to his second win of the season.  He threw seven innings and gave up only one run on four hits.

Keith Hernandez and Gary Carter both drove in two runs.  Ray Knight hit his fourth homerun of the game as he went one for one with two runs and three walks.  Kevin Mitchell and Rafael Santana both scored twice.

April 21, 2006

Ray Knight and Gary Carter Come Up With Clutch Hits in Come From Behind Win

by @ 6:25 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - April

April 21, 1986 at Shea Stadium

Mets 6, Pirates 5  (6-3)

The Mets came from behind in grand fashion to win their fourth game in a row.  The Pirates scored single runs in both the first and second inning, but the Mets came back with two in the third inning on a two run shot by Gary Carter.  The Pirates added two in the sixth off of starter Rick Aguilera, and that 4-2 score stood until the bottom of the eighth.

Gary Carter led off the eighth with a ground out, and then Darryl Strawberry struck out.  George Foster drew a walk, and then Ray Knight came up huge with a two run shot to tie the game.

Roger McDowell came in to pitch the top of the ninth.  Former Met Lee Mazzilli drew a lead off walk, and then Bill Almon moved him to second on a bunt.  R.J. Reynolds then struck out to make it two outs, but Joe Orsulak singled to drive home Mazzilli, giving the Pirates a one run lead.

Pat Clements came in to pitch for the Pirates in the ninth, and Lenny Dykstra led off the inning with a single.  Kevin Mitchell moved him over to second on a bunt and then Tim Teufel doubled Mitchell home to tie the game up.  Keith Hernandez drew a walk, and the Pirates went to their pen and brought in Jim Winn.  Then Gary Carter singled to bring home Teufel to complete the dramatic comeback.

April 20, 2006

Danny Heep, Sid Fernandez Lead Mets to Third Straight Win

by @ 6:04 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - April

April 20, 1986 at Shea Stadium

Mets 8, Phillies 0  (5-3)

The Mets finished their sweep of the Phillies in grand fashion.  They jumped out to an early 4-0 lead and never looked back.

Sid Fernandez and Roger McDowell combined for a two hit shutout.  Fernandez struck out six and McDowell struck out two.

Danny Heep hit a big three run shot in the first inning, and Darryl Strawberry went two for four with a run and two RBIs.  Lenny Dykstra did his job at the lead off spot.  He had two hits and he scored twice.

April 19, 2006

Dwight Gooden Strikes Out Ten, Mets Edge Phillies

by @ 5:50 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - April

April 19, 1986 at Shea Stadium

Mets 3, Phillies 2  (4-3)

The Mets came from being on two different occasions to top the Phillies for the second straight time.  Gary Carter scored on Barry Lyons ground out to tie the game at 1-1 after five innings.  The Phillies scored another run in the sixth, but the Mets answered in the bottom half of the inning when Kevin Mitchell doubled home Dwight Gooden.  Then in the bottom of the eighth, Gary Carter singled home Mitchell to put the Mets up for good.

Dwight Gooden was awesome.  He went the distance and struck out ten Phillies.

April 18, 2006

Mets Get Back on Track With First Home Win

by @ 5:45 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - April

April 18, 1986  at Shea Stadium

Mets 5, Phillies 2  (3-3)

Most of the scoring in the this game took place in the first inning.  The Phillies jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first with two solo homers off of starter Ron Darling.  The Mets then followed that up with three in the bottom half of the inning.  Lenny Dykstra led off with a single and moved to second on starter Steve Carlton’s wild pitch.  Tim Teufel struck out and then John Russell allowed a passed ball and Dykstra moved to third.  Keith Hernandez and Gary Carter drew back to back walks to load the bases up, and then Darryl Strawberry drew a walk to drive in the first run.  George Foster struck out, and then Ray Knight singled home Hernandez and Carter to give the Mets the lead.

The Mets added two more in the bottom of the seventh on a two run single by George Foster.  Ron Darling went seven innings and gave up two runs on four hits with four strikeouts.  Jesse Orosco pitched the final two innings in impressive fashion.  He gave up only one hit and he struck out four in earning his second save of the season.

April 14, 2006

Mets Drop Home Opener to Cardinals in Thirteen Innings

by @ 5:40 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - April

April 14, 1986 at Shea Stadium

Cardinals 6, Mets 2  (2-3)

The Mets were completely shutdown in this game as they were held to four hits through thirteen innings.  They managed to scrape together a run in the third on Tim Teufel’s sac. fly and then they tied the game up in the bottom of the ninth on Darryl Strawberry’s RBI single.  A nice start by Dwight Gooden went to waste, as he went eight innings and he struck out six in the no-decision.

The Cardinals opened the game up in the thirteenth, and Randy Niemann took the loss for the second time in three days.  In an odd stat line, he was credited with two earned runs while only giving up one hit.  Willie McGee led of the inning with a single, and then Tom Herr reached on a fielders choice.  Niemann was then pulled, and Bruce Berenyi came in and lost control pretty quickly.

This would be the one and only time that the Mets had a losing record the entire season.

April 13, 2006

Rick Aguilera Hit Hard in Loss to Phillies

by @ 5:35 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - April

April 13, 1986 at Veterans Stadium

Phillies 4, Mets 2  (2-2)

Two homeruns off of  Rick Aguillera accounted for three of the four Phillies runs.  The Mets actually outhit their opponents 10-6, but they could only push two runners across home plate.

Keith Hernandez went three for three with a run and Ray Knight went two for four with a run and RBI.  Hernandez drew the lone walk of the game.

Aguillera went six innings and gave up four runs on four hits while striking out six.  Bob Ojeda threw the final two frames and he held the Phillies to no runs on two hits and a walk.

April 12, 2006

Phillies Edge Mets in Fourteen Innings

by @ 5:20 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - April

April 12, 1986 at Veterans Stadium

Phillies 9, Mets 8 (2-1)

I know the Mets lost this game, but what a nail biter. This one’s worth doing a full recap on.

Sid Fernandez and Steve Carlton started the game for their respective team, and the Mets once again jumped out to an early lead. Lenny Dykstra led off the game with a single and he stole second base. He moved over to third on John Russell’s error, and then scored on Tim Teufel’s ground out. The Mets added another run in the second inning on Ray Knight’s solo homerun.

Things got interesting for the Phillies in the bottom of the third. Steve Jeltz drew a lead off walk and moved to second on Steve Carlton’s bunt. Gary Redus walked and was forced out at second base on Milt Thompson’s fielders choice. Juan Samuel then walked to load up the bases and then the Hall of Famer, Mike Schmidt drove two runners home with a single. The Phillies took the lead in the fifth when John Russell drove in Thompson and Mike Schmidt with a single.

The Mets answered in the seventh inning. Ray Knight singled with one out, and moved to second on Rick Schu’s throwing error. Rafael Santana singled, and Knight moved over to third base. Then Danny Heep singled home Knight to make it a 4-3 ballgame.

In the top of the eighth, the Mets busted the game open. Gary Carter singled and then Darryl Strawberry struck out. George Foster singled to put runners at first and second, and then Ray Knight drove home Carter with a double. Santana was given an intentional pass to load the bases and then Howard Johnson struck out. Lenny Dykstra then came up huge with a two run single, and Tim Teufel followed it up with an RBI single. The Mets went from being two down at the end of the sixth to being up by three with Phillies having only six outs left to come back.

And come back they did. With Roger McDowell on the mound, Glenn Wilson reached on an error by Keith Hernandez. Russell struck out and then Von Hayes drew a walk. Jeltz then tripled to make it a one run game, and Garry Maddox followed that up with a single to tie the game up and send it into extra frames.

Neither team scored in the first four extra innings, and finally in the fourteenth inning, the Mets got on the board. Wally Backman singled with one out and then moved to second on Dykstra’s single. Tim Teufel then followed that up with a single to give the Mets an 8-7 lead. Unfortunately the scoring ended there because Keith Hernandez followed that up by grounding into a double play to end the inning.

Mike Schmidt singled off of Randy Niemann to lead off the bottom of the fourteenth and then he moved to second on Glenn Wilson’s single. Russell then reached safely on a bunt to load the bases up. Von Hayes then drew a walk to tie the game up, and Jeltz followed this up with a walk of RBI single to end the game. Phillies win 9-8 with a ton of drama.

April 11, 2006

Gary Carter Powers Mets to Second Straight Win

by @ 5:14 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - April

April 11, 1986 at Veterans Stadium

Mets 9, Phillies 7 (2-0)

The Mets made it two in a row as they outhit the Phillies in a high scoring affair. The Mets jumped out to huge leads in the third inning (6-1) and the fourth inning (9-2) only to see Ron Darling try to give the game back to the Phillies. The Phillies actually had the tying run at second base in the eighth inning, but Roger McDowell eventually got them out of the jam.

Gary Carter and Keith Hernandez both came up huge. Carter went three for five with five RBIs and three runs, including a two run homer in the first inning. Hernandez was two for five with three runs.

Bob Ojeda got the win, but he got help from Roger McDowell in that eighth inning. Jesse Orosco got the final out of the game to earn his first save of the season.

April 8, 2006

Dwight Gooden Pitches Mets to Win in Season Opener

by @ 5:06 am. Filed under 1986 Mets Diary - April

April 8, 1986 at Three Rivers Stadium

Mets 4, Pirates 2 (1-0)

The Mets started their season on a winning note by topping the Pirates 4-2. The Mets jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning on an RBI double by Keith Hernandez and a sac. fly by Gary Carter.

The Pirates answered with a run in the bottom half of the first when R.J. Reynolds hit a lead off homerun off of starter Dwight Gooden. He’d give up another single in the inning to Johnny Ray, but he’d then hold the Pirates to only one run on four hits the rest of the way.

George Foster drove in a run in the sixth with an RBI double and Keith Hernandez drove in his second run of the game with an RBI single in the seventh. Hernandez was the player of the game.  He had two of the Mets’ six hits, he drove in two of the four runs, and scored another.

Dwight Gooden was exceptional and threw a complete game. He gave up only six hits and he struck out six Pirates.

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