Number Nine: August 16th, 1987 versus Chicago Cubs.
If you looked back on this day and saw a pitching matchup of Ron Darling versus Greg Maddux, you would have probably expected nothing short of a pitching masterpiece. What really happened was the complete opposite.
To open the game, Maddux struck out Lenny Dykstra. Then he walked the next three batters. Maddux gave up just one hit that inning but still, the Mets scored three runs.
Maddux didn’t even make it out of the 4th inning and gave up seven runs. Ironically he wasn’t even the worst pitcher that day. When he was pulled, the Mets were winning by a score of 7-0.
In the bottom of the fourth, Darling gave up a grand slam to Jody Davis and a solo home run to Rafael Palmeiro right after. The Mets were only leading by two runs at this point, but all hell broke loose for the Cubs right after.
Drew Hall came in to pitch for the Cubs in the 5th and gave up ten runs in just 1.2 innings. The Mets scored seven runs in the 6th inning but were nowhere near done. That inning was just the middle of a five-inning stretch of scoring three or more runs.
For a team that scored so many runs, they barely hit any home runs. Strawberry, Dykstra, and Howard Johnson each hit one. The MVP for this game easily had to be Strawberry. In addition to his home run, he had a triple and two doubles, falling just a single short of the cycle.
In addition to going 4-5, Strawberry drove in five runs and scored five times. Right behind him was Dykstra, who went 4-7.
The Mets won that game by a score of 23-10 and were 66-52 on the season.