Remembering Mets History: (1986) Mets Pounce On Cubs As The Kid Drives In Four Runs

Friday June 20th 1986: Davey Johnson's first place Mets (45-18) were rolling over the NL East, proudly holding a ten game lead over the division.

Today, Sid Fernandez went up againstScott Sanderson & Gene Michael's, last place Chicago Cubs (25-78). A large crowd of 44,817 piled into Shea Stadium for this Mets Cubs match up.

Starting Lineups

The Cubs scored first as Leon Durham had an RBI sac fly & Ron Cey added a base hit RBI, in the 4th inning to make it 2-0. But in the bottom of the 5th the '86 Mets attacked. Mookie Wilson & Wally Backman led off with singles. Kieth Hernandez then drove a base hit to the outfield brining in Mookie with the first run. Gary Carter tied the game up with a sac fly to centerfield.

In the home 6th inning Keith Hernandez his fifth HR of the season, putting New York ahead.

The Mets exploded in the bottom of the 7th inning, scoring six runs with three hits. Ray Knight led off with a triple and Cubs pitcher Ray Fontent then threw a wild pitch, easily scoring Knight. Kevin Mitchell walked & pinch hitter Ed Hearn reached on an error.

Tim Tuefel then doubled scoring Hearn making it 6-2 New York. Darryl Strawberry was walked intentionally to put two men on for "the Kid". The big blow came as Gary Carter blasted a three run HR, blowing the game open to 9-3.

In the 8th inning, Ed Hearn who stayed in the game to catch, replacing Gary Carter hit a solo HR to top off the 10-3 Mets win. It was Hearn's second HR of the year, his second on the week, he would hit four on the year in 49 games, 136 at bats.


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