Jan 16, 2018

Remembering Mets History (1985): Keith Hernandez Leads Mets In Twenty Hit Attack

Thursday August 8, 1985: Davey Johnson's first place New York Mets (63-42) had just taken over the NL East from the St. Louis Cardinals, who were only a half game back. Tonight the Mets were in Montreal facing Jim Fanning's third place Expos (59-48).


Tonight the Mets put Rick Aguilera on the mound against Joe Hesketh in front of 24,919 fans at Stade Olympique.

Starting Lineups

In the 1st, Tom Paciorek walked & stole second. Keith Hernandez Then singled to make it 1-0 Mets. In the home 1st the Expos beat up Aguilera for three runs making it 3-1.

In the top of the 2nd, Ray Knight singled & pitcher Agilera doubled. A Wally Backmans fielders choice brought home Knight. After Paciorek doubled putting two men on, Keith Hernandez followed with another double bringing in two more runs. Gary Carter followed hit a two run HR to make it 6-3 Mets.
In the 3rd Wally Backman tripled bringing in Ray Knight & Rafael Santana making it 8-3. In the 4th Hernandez led off with a base hit. Soon, George Foster blasted his 16th HR of the year, making it 10-3.

The Expos knocked out Aguilera in the 4th, with hits by Hubbie Brooks, Terry Francona Tim Wallach & a sac fly by Mike Fitzgerald. It was now 10-6 Mets.

In the 5th, Backman singled & Paciorek was hit by a pitch. Next up Keith Hernandez singled scoring Backman. Gary Carter also singled bringing in the Mets 12th run. A George Foster base hit brought home Hernandez to make it 13-6 Mets. The Mets scoring ended when Darryl Strawberry hit his team leading, 16th HR of the year.

The Mets won the game 14-7, collecting twenty hits on the night, with three HRs.

Hernandez led the attack with a five hit game, driving in three runs & scoring three runs keeping his season average above the .300 mark.

George Foster had three hits, with a HR with & three RBIs on the day. Wally Backman had two hits, three RBIs, & scored two runs. Tom Paciorek scored three runs on the night, with a walk & base hit. Carter, Knight, Strawberry & Santana all had two hits each.

Rick Aguilera gave up seven runs in five innings but was bailed out by the Mets bats, earning the win. Terry Leach came on to pitch four scorless innings, getting credit for a save. The Mets won their fourth game in a row, their seventh out of eight. They were also in the middle of a nine game winning streak.

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