Jul 11, 2018

Remembering Mets History: (1986) Mets Finish Sweep of Braves With a Blow Out & a Shut Out

July 11th- July 13th 1986 Weekend Series:
On Friday night, the first place Mets (58-25) took the first game of the series against the Braves (42-45) in a game where Gary Carter hit two HRs, drove in seven runs & his curtain call led to yet another '86 Mets bench clearing brawl. The Mets blew out the Braves in a 11-0 shut out.

Saturday July 12th: So on Saturday 30,899 fans came to Shea for game two of the weekend series. Davey Johnson sent Rick Aguilera to the mound against Atlanta's Rick Mahler. Again the Mets fans would see another Mets blow out.

Lenny Dykstra led the way with four hits, as Gary Carter & Darryl Strawberry both had three hit days. It was Rick Aguilera earning the win, pitching seven innings as Roger McDowell & Jesse Orosco closed it out.
In the 3rd, Aguilera & Dykstra singled, both came home on Keith Hernandez's triple. Hernandez would also score on an error on the play. Carter then singled & Straw brought him in to make it 4-0.
Mookie Wilson would steal a base & then score on two Braves errors in the 5th inning. In the home 7th, Mookie would drive in two runs with a base hit & then score with Strawberry on Ray Knight's single. Knight came in after Dykstra singled as well making it 10-1.

Sunday July 13th: The Mets completed the three game sweep during this five game win streak, as Ron Darling pitched a complete game shut out, striking out seven Braves, while scattering nine hits.
The Mets would get just two runs off Atlanta veteran Doyle Alexander, the first run came in the 1st inning, after Len Dykstra tripled & scored on Wally Backmans ground out.

Later in the 6th inning, Dykstra hit a solo HR to complete the Mets scoring, in the 2-0 win.

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