1986 TIM CORCORAN POSTCARD
The 1986 Mets scored 783 runs, and if you’re over 40, there’s a good chance that you have fond memories of at least 700 of them.
Perhaps you recall game 26 of that magical season, a matchup between Sid Fernandez and Rick Mahler. Fernandez was dominant for seven innings, striking out ten, while allowing only four hits, one walk, and no runs. But Mahler’s junk got him into the 7th unscathed, at which point he handed it off to the Braves bullpen.
Ray Knight led off the bottom of the 9th in a scoreless game with a double, and then Tim Teufel (German for “devil”) singled off Paul Assenmacher (German for, um, “ass maker” I guess) to give the Mets a 1-0 walk-off win and a 21-5 record.
Or maybe you’re partial to the three runs that Mookie Wilson scored on July 17. Wilson entered this eventual blowout against the Astros as a pinch hitter, and then managed to score in each of the final three innings. And he did so without logging a single official at bat, drawing walks off Nolan Ryan, Charlie Kerfeld, and infielder Craig Reynolds.
But there’s a good chance that you don’t recall the third run scored in an eventual 10-4 victory over the Pirates on June 6.
This was the second game of a doubleheader at Three Rivers Stadium. Rick Rhoden had outdueled Ron Darling 7-1 in the first game, and Davey Johnson rested some of his regulars in the nightcap, starting Danny Heep, Ed Hearn, and at first base, Tim Corcoran.
The 33-year-old journeyman Corcoran never appeared in another major-league game after this one. He finished the 1986 season with a total of nine plate appearances for the Mets, a .000 batting average, and that single run scored…