The Mets lost the first game as Cards pitcher; John Tudor & relievers Ray Soff & Pat Perry beat the Mets 2-1. Rick Aguilera & Rick Anderon gave up a run each in the loss.
In between games, the Mets filmed the music video for their 1986 rally theme song; "Lets Go Mets Go". The tune was written & produced by Shelly Palmer & sung by Tom Bernfeld.
|Doc Gooden, Gary Carter & Kevin Mitchell|
That day centerfieldmaz & friends were in the Shea crowd doing the chant as directed by a video team. Shots of the fans singing, cheering & doing the wave were filmed as well as the players doing their parts on the playing field. It was geeky but all in fun & back in the 80's it was awesome. Here is the classic video:
After the festivities, I remember there being a real party atmosphere going on. Back in the eighties, us Mets fans were proud, cocky & just salivating for the playoffs to start. It was a great time to be a Mets fan.
In the second game of that double header Randy Nieman went up against the Cards Danny Cox.
|St. Louis Cardinals||New York Mets|
|1||Vince Coleman||CF||1||Lenny Dykstra||CF|
|2||Terry Pendleton||3B||2||Wally Backman||2B|
|3||Tom Herr||2B||3||Keith Hernandez||1B|
|4||Alan Knicely||1B||4||Darryl Strawberry||RF|
|5||Tito Landrum||LF||5||Danny Heep||LF|
|6||Steve Lake||C||6||Howard Johnson||3B|
|7||John Morris||RF||7||John Gibbons||C|
|8||Jose Oquendo||SS||8||Rafael Santana||SS|
|9||Danny Cox||P||9||Randy Niemann|
The Mets got to Cox in the 3rd inning as John Gibbons walked, Rafael Santana singled & Wally Backman doubled to make it 1-0. In the 4th Danny Heep hit a two run HR making it 3-0. Heep added an RBI double in the 5th, after the Mets had scored another run on Cardinal errors. Tim Teufel added a solo HR & in the 8th Lenny Dykstra belted a three run HR topping off the 9-2 Mets win.
Niemann pitched six innings allowing both runs on five hits. Roger McDowell notched his 12th save with three scoreless innings, striking out two with just one hit.