Remembering Mets History (1986) Bobby Ojeda K's 10 & Wins 5th Straight to Get to 5-0

Friday May 9th, 1986: Another exciting '86 Mets night game, drew 40,774 to Shea Stadium to see Davey Johnson's first place Mets (19-4) take on Pete Rose's struggling Reds (6-18) on this Friday evening. 

The undefeated Bobby Ojeda (4-0) took the hill against the Reds Mario Soto.

Ojeda had come over to the Mets last November, from the Red Sox in exchange for Calvin Schiraldi, Wes Gardner & John Christensen. He joined an already outstanding Mets staff & arguably became the ace of that staff.

Bobby Ojeda would start out strong in the 1st inning, striking out Tracey Jones & Dave Parker. Veteran Dave Concepcion singled but got thrown out trying to steal. In the 2nd inning, Ojeda struck out the side, getting Buddy Bell looking at the third strike. 

Bell would Double in the 5th inning & then advance on Eric Davis' fly out to right. He would score on a sac fly by Ron Oester. 

That would be the only run Ojeda would allow. He would scatter singled in each of the next three innings, but nothing more. He got a strike out in the 6th, two in the 7th & another looking in the 8th. 

Ojeda would pitch eight innings, while striking out a personal season high ten batters. He allowed just one run, one walk & six hits, while besting his record to 5-0 with a 1.49 ERA. 

Trivia: In that championship season, he led the staff in wins (18) winning % (.783) ERA (2.57) & shut outs (2) tied with Gooden & Darling. 

Among the four Mets starters who tossed 200+ innings, Ojeda walked the fewest batters (52) & had the least loses (5).

Mario Soto pitched well too, but a two-run 6th inning was enough for the Mets to beat him. Tim Teufel led off that inning with a single. 

After Ojeda popped out, Lenny Dykstra walked & Howard Johnson doubled, to tie the game up at one. Keith Hernandez was then walked intentionally to get to Darryl Strawberry. Straw then hit a sac fly to left field, scoring Dykstra with what would be the game winning run.


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