April 10, 1982: Zachry and Kingman Lead Mets Over Cubs

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Date: April 10, 1982
Mets starter: Pat Zachry
Mets: 9
Cubs: 5
Winning pitcher: Pat Zachry
Key player(s): Pat Zachry, Dave Kingman, Wally Backman
Key play: Kingman’s homer and single, Backman’s double

The Mets faced the Cubs on a brisk Saturday afternoon in Chicago. The teams played the second of four games in a series at Wrigley Field. Pat Zachry pitched seven hitless innings and Dave Kingman drove in five runs in a 9-5 Mets win.

Zachry and the Cubs’ Doug Bird each pitched scoreless ball from the first inning to the third. Bird held the Mets to singles by Wally Backman and Ron Gardenhire while Pat issued only a walk to Bill Buckner. Hubie Brooks drew a walk to lead off the top of the fourth. George Foster reached on an error by second baseman Bump Wills. Kingman followed with a home run for a 3-0 Mets lead. Ellis Valentine grounded back to Bird and a double by John Stearns ensued. Bird got Backman and Gardenhire on consecutive ground balls to end the inning. Zachry then hurled a perfect bottom half.

Bird shut down the Mets in the fifth and sixth innings. Zachry responded by retiring all six Chicago batters in the bottom halves. Leading off the top of the seventh, Gardenhire singled against Cubs’ reliever Dick Tidrow. Zachry reached on an error by first baseman Buckner that allowed Gardenhire to go to third base. Mookie Wilson singled to drive home Gardenhire and a sacrifice bunt by Brooks moved Zachry from second to third. Wilson stole second base and Foster was walked intentionally to load the bases. Kingman hit a single to score Zachry and Wilson, extending the Mets’ lead to six runs. A single by Valentine reloaded the bases and Stearns hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Foster. Backman doubled to plate Kingman and Valentine for a 9-0 Mets lead. Tidrow was replaced on the mound by Chicago’s Herman Segelke, who retired Gardenhire on an inning-ending ground ball to Wills. Zachry then set down the Cubs 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

The Mets failed to score after loading the bases against Segelke in the top of the eighth. Keith Moreland drew a walk to open the bottom of the inning. Steve Henderson flied out to center fielder Wilson and a force play grounder by Ryne Sandberg ensued. Ty Waller drew a walk and a pinch-hit single by Bob Molinaro (the first hit off Zachry) drove home Sandberg. Wills reached on an error by Backman that brought home Waller. Consecutive singles by Junior Kennedy and Buckner scored Molinaro and Wills, respectively, to cut the Mets’ lead to 9-4. Zachry then retired Leon Durham on a fly ball to left fielder Joel Youngblood to end the inning.

Cubs’ reliever Allen Ripley retired the side in order in the top of the ninth. Leading off the bottom half, pinch-hitter Jerry Morales homered for the fifth Chicago run. Neil Allen came in to pitch for the Mets and got Henderson to ground out to shortstop Gardenhire. Sandberg followed with a grounder to Gardenhire for the inning’s second out. Allen then got Waller on a pop-up to third baseman Brooks to end the game. The Mets had a victory on a cold day in the Windy City.