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, behind the St. Louis Cardinals. Today they were playing the rubber game of a three game set, against Jim Davenport's last place San Francisco Giants (51-77).

The Mets starter was Ed Lynch, going up against the Giants, Dave LaPoint ,in front of a small crowd of 9975 at Candlestick Park.
 Starting Lineups

In the 2nd inning, Giants catcher, Bob Brenly singled to bring in Dan Driessen with the first run of the game.

In the 4th inning, with the Mets down 1-0, Gary Carter tied the game with a solo HR, his 20th of the year.

In the Giants 6th inning, Driessen & Ron Roenicke both singled. With two outs, Brenly then doubled bringing in both runners for a 3-1 Giants lead.

In the 9th inning the Mets Howard Johnson led off with a double off reliever, Scott Garrelts. Pinch hitter Rusty Staub, followed with a double, bringing in HoJo making it a one run game.

Short time Met Larry Bowa, came in to pinch run for Staub. Mookie Wilson followed with a fly ball base hit, but Bowa was thrown out at home plate. Keith Hernandez followed, facing 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 winning runs as Jesse Orosco closed the door in the bottom of the 9th inning.

Monday September 2nd, 1985; The Mets moved on down the coast, to San Diego to play Dick Williams third place Padres. The Padres were the reigning NL Champions, losing the World Series to the Detroit Tigers in 1984. The Mets Sid Fernandez (5-7) went up against Mark Thurmond (6-7). 

Starting Lineups

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 at the time, for most hits in a game.

In the Mets 1st inning, Tom Paciorek singled with one out. Hernandez then singled with his first hit of the night. Gary Carter then also singled bringing in Paciorek.

Darryl Strawberry then hit triple bringing in Hernandez & Carter.

In the 2nd inning, Wally Backman singled & stole second. Hernandez singled again bringing in Backman to make it 5-1. Strawberry then singled scoring Hernandez making it a 6-1 game.

In the 4th inning, Hernandez would single again for hit #3. In the 7th inning, Hernandez got his fourth hit of the night,, he advanced to second & scored again, his 4th run of the day, on George Foster's single. Ray Knight added a three run HR making it 10-1 Mets. The Padres put up two runs in the home 7th, making it 10-3. 

In the 8th inning, Keith Hernandez topped off his five hit day with a two run HR, scoring Tom Paciorek, making it 12-3. It was Hernandez's tenth HR of the year. Keith finished the night batting just under the .300 mark. He would finish the year batting .309 (6th in the NL) with 10 HRs 183 hits (8th in the NL) 87 runs scored 34 doubles & 91 RBIs (10th in the NL).


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