Remembering Mets History (1986) Mets Walk Off On Giants Extra Inning Error

Friday May 30th, 1986: Tonight, Davey Johnson's first place Mets (31-11) hosted Roger Craig's fourth place San Francisco Giants (24-23). 

A crowd of 38,243 came out to see Bruce Berenyi (2-0) take on Mike Lacoss (5-1). Berenyi would start the year at 2-0 for the Mets. He would fall to 2-2 & be sent back down to AAA in early July. He appeared in 14 games making seven starts for New York.

Trivia: Mike LaCoss would start the year at 9-3 then lose ten of his last eleven games to finish at 10-13.

In the bottom of the 1st, the Mets Lenny Dykstra led off with a single, then Wally Backman walked. Keith Hernandez followed with an RBI single. After Gary Carter struck out, Darryl Strawberry walked. Although George Foster grounded out, Backman scored the Mets second run. Ray Knight followed with a single to centerfield to make it 3-0.

In the 2nd, the Giants got a run, Chili Davis walked & Luis Quinones singled. A jose Uribe base hit scored Davis for the Giants first run.

In the Giants 3rd, Mike Aldrete, Bob Brenly Jeffery Leonard & Chili Davis all collected singled, putting the Giants ahead, knocking Berenyi out of the game. Rick Aguilera came on for relief.

In the 3rd, after a Darryl Strawberry walk, a two run HR from George Foster put the Mets ahead 5-4.

In the bottom of the 5th, with one out Mike Lacoss walked three Mets in a row, loading the bases.
Ray Knight hit a sac fly making it 6-4 Mets.

In the 6th Chili Davis led off with a HR off Aguilera. It was the only run Aguilera gave up, in 3.1 innings he gave up two hits, a run walking & striking out two. Roger McDowell came on to pitch. In the 8th, he gave up a single to Dan Gladden then a game tying double to Will Clark.

Jesse Orosco came on to pitch the 9th, after retiring the Giants in order he gave up a leadoff HR to Robby Thompson, putting San Francisco ahead 7-6.

The Giants went through five pitchers in the night, Mike Lacoss had the rough start giving up six runs, Bill Laskey pitched 0.2 innings. Jeff Robinson pitched two scoreless innings, relieved by Greg Minton. He would pitch until the 10th inning, holding the one run lead.

Keith Hernandez led off with a base hit. After Gary Carter flew out, Mark Davis came on to pitch. pinch hitter Kevin Mitchell then singled putting Keith in scoring position. Manager Roger Craig went to the bullpen again, bringing in Juan Berenguer.

Davey Johnson sent up Howard Johnson as a pinch hitter. Berenguer threw a wild pitch advancing the runners. He walked HoJo loading the bases. Ray Knight then tied the game with a sac fly to left field. 

Mets short stop Rafael Santana then hit a popup to the middle of the infield. Second baseman Robby Thompson was getting ready to catch it, but short stop Juan Uribe collided with him, the ball dropped & Kevin Mitchell scored from second base, with the winning run.


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