Remembering Mets History: (1986) Tim Teufel's Walk Off Grand Slam

Tuesday June 10th, 1986: A solid Tuesday night crowd of 27,472 came to Shea Stadium to see Davey Johnson's first place Mets (38-16) take on John Felske's third place Philadelphia Phillies (26-28).

The starters were Bobby Ojeda against Charlie Hudson.

The Phillies would score first, in the 3rd inning Jeff Stone & Ron Roenicke led off with base hits.
Juan Samuel grounded out to second bringing in the first run.

In the top of the 4th, Steve Jeltz drew a leadoff walk from Ojeda. Bobby O then struck out Jeff Stone but walked Ron Roenicke & gave up an RBI single to Samuel, making it 2-0 Phils.

In the Mets 4th, Darryl Strawberry doubled & scored on Gary Carter's base hit, narrowing the lead to 2-1.

In the 6th inning, Strawberry led off with a walk off pitcher, Charlie Hudson. "The Kid" Gary Carter then connected for a two run HR, putting New York ahead 3-2. It was Carter's tenth HR of the year.

The Phillies battled back, in the 7th inning, Juan Samuel & Glenn Wilson led off with base hits. Samuel advanced to third & scored on Von Hayes' sac fly. In the 8th, with Ojeda still on the hill, he walked Steve Jeltz. Darren Daulton sacrificed him over & Jeltz scored on Ron Roenicke's base hit. The Phillies now had a 4-3 lead.

In the 8th inning, Steve Bedrosian on the hill. Bedrosian would save 29 games in 1986 & lead the NL with 40 the following season. Here, Gary Carter greeted him with his second HR of the night, a solo shot, tying up the game. It was The Kid's eleventh HR of the year. On the night he went 3-4 with two HRs & four RBIs, scoring two runs as well.

Doug Sisk came on to relieve Ojeda in the 8th. In the 9th, a Mets error & hit by a pitch put two men on with two outs. Jesse Orosco came to get the final out as he got slugger Mike Schmidt to fly out to centerfield. Roger McDowell blanked the Phils to the 11th inning. 

The Phils brought in Randy Lerch to pitch in the 10th. In the home 11th, Ray Knight led off with a base hit. Pinch hitter, Barry Lyons was walked intentionally. Then Lerch walked Len Dykstra to load the bases.

Tom Hume was brought into pitch for Philadelphia. Mets skipper, Davey Johnson called upon Tim Teufel to pinch hit for Wally Backman, liking the matchup.

In classic Teufel style, he came to bat & waved his hips in a circular motion as he stood in the batter's box. His little move became known as "the Teufel Shuffle".

Teufel certainly made his manager proud, delivering a walk off Grand Slam HR, exciting the Shea Stadium crowd to another dramatic 1986 victory. 

It was just his second HR of the year.


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