April 11, 1982: Mets Come Back to Beat Cubs

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Date: April 11, 1982
Mets starter: Pete Falcone
Mets: 5
Cubs: 4
Winning pitcher: Pete Falcone
Key player(s): George Foster, Ron Gardenhire, Mookie Wilson
Key play: Foster’s home run, Gardenhire’s double and sacrifice fly, Wilson’s single

The Mets faced the Cubs on Easter Sunday afternoon at Wrigley Field. The teams played the third of four games in an overlapping weekend series. The Mets came from behind for a 5-4 win over Chicago.

Cubs’ starter Dan Larson pitched a perfect top of the first inning. Bump Wills singled to lead off the bottom half. Larry Bowa and Bill Buckner were struck out and Keith Moreland hit a two-run homer. Mets’ starter Pete Falcone then retired Leon Durham on a ground ball to second baseman Wally Backman for the third out of the inning.

Larson shut down the Mets in the top of the second. Leading off the bottom half, Jerry Morales hit a home run for a 3-0 Chicago lead. Steve Henderson singled and was caught stealing on catcher Ron Hodges’ throw to shortstop Ron Gardenhire. Ryne Sandberg popped out to Gardenhire and a strikeout of Larson ended the inning. Larson retired the Mets in order in the top of the third. Falcone then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

After scoreless fourth and fifth innings, George Foster homered to begin the top of the sixth. Dave Kingman flied out to center fielder Morales and a double by Joel Youngblood ensued. Hodges hit a single and Backman singled to score Youngblood. Gardenhire doubled against Cubs’ reliever Lee Smith to drive home Hodges with the tying run. Pinch-hitter Mike Jorgensen grounded out to second baseman Wills and a single by Mookie Wilson plated Backman to put the Mets ahead, 4-3. Wilson stole second base and Smith fanned Hubie Brooks to close out the inning. Mets’ reliever Ed Lynch then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Chicago’s Allen Ripley surrendered only a walk to Foster in the top of the seventh. Lynch shut down the Cubs in the bottom of the inning and Tom Veryzer singled to lead off the top of the eighth. Veryzer stole second base and moved to third on a wild pitch. Gardenhire followed with a sacrifice fly to bring home Veryzer with the Mets’ fifth run of the game. Ripley retired Lynch and Wilson on consecutive infield grounders to finish off the inning. Lynch then yielded only a single to Durham in the bottom half.

Cubs’ reliever Bill Campbell pitched a perfect top of the ninth. Wills hit a one-out double against Lynch in the bottom half. For the Mets, reliever Neil Allen retired Bowa on a ground ball to second baseman Veryzer. Buckner singled to score Wills with the fourth Chicago run. Allen then got Moreland to fly out to left fielder Ellis Valentine and end the game. The Mets had a victory on Easter Sunday.