Sep 1, 2018

Remembering Mets History: (1985) Keith Hernandez Starts Out the Month With Two Big Games

Sunday September 1st, 1985: Davey Johnson's Mets were 77-52 just two games out of first place, playing at San Francisco against Jim Davenport's last place Giants (51-77). The Mets Ed Lynch went up against the Giants Dave Lapoint in front of a small crowd under 9000 at Candlestick Park.

In the 4th inning, the Mets were down 1-0 when Gary Carter tied the game with a solo HR, his 20th of the year. In the 6th inning, with two on & two outs Bob Brenly doubled bringing in both runners for a3-1 Giants lead.

In the 9th inning the Mets Howard Johnson led off with a double off Scott Garrelts. Pinch hitter Rusty Staub followed with a double bringing in HoJo making it a one run game. Larry Bowa came in to pinch run for Rusty. Mookie Wilson followed with a base hit but Bowa was thrown out at home. Keith Hernandez followed & faced reliever Mark Davis. 

Hernandez who had grown up in the Bay Area as a fan of the Giants, thrilled his local family & friends in the crowd, as he blasted a two run HR. It was the game winner as Jesse Orosco closed the door in the bottom of the 9th inning.

Monday September 2nd, 1985; The Mets moved on to San Diego to play Dick Williams third place Padres. The Mets Sid Fernandez (5-7) went up against Mark Thurmond (6-7). 

The Mets star of last nights game; Keith Hernandez would have another big day, as tonight he would collect five hits, tying a Mets record for most hits in a game.

In the Mets 1st inning Hernandez singled, he & Gary Carter would soon score on Darryl Strawberry's triple. In the 2nd inning, Hernandez singled again bringing in Wally Backman. Strawberry would once again bring in Hernandez making it a 6-1 game. Hernandez would single again in the 4th inning & 7th inning. That inning he would score again on George Foster's single. Ray Knight added a three run HR making it 10-1 Mets.

In the 8th inning, Keith Hernandez topped off his five hit day with a two run HR making it 12-3. It was his tenth HR of the year. Keith finished the night batting just under the .300 mark.

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