April 12, 1979: Zachry Survives Phils Bats

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Date: April 12, 1979
Mets starter: Pat Zachry
Mets: 3
Phillies: 2
Winning pitcher: Pat Zachry
Key player(s): Pat Zachry, Elliott Maddox, Kelvin Chapman
Key play: Maddox’s and Chapman’s sacrifice flies

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Thursday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played a two-hour and eight-minute game. Despite allowing hits in all nine innings for a game total of twelve, Pat Zachry recorded the win as the Mets defeated Philadelphia, 3-2.

Larry Bowa drew a walk with one out in the top of the first. With Pete Rose at bat, Bowa was caught stealing second base on catcher John Stearns’ throw to shortstop Doug Flynn. Rose walked and advanced to third on a single by Greg Luzinski. Zachry retired Mike Schmidt on a pop-up to first baseman Willie Montanez for the third out. Phils’ starter Randy Lerch then gave up only a triple to Kelvin Chapman in the bottom half.

Zachry yielded just a single to Garry Maddox in the top of the second. Steve Henderson hit a one-out double in the bottom half. Elliott Maddox followed with a single on which Henderson was out at home via a throw by center fielder Garry Maddox to catcher Bob Boone. On the throw, Elliott Maddox moved to second base. Flynn singled to drive home Elliott Maddox for a 1-0 Mets lead. Lerch then struck out Zachry to end the inning.

Bake McBride singled with one out in the top of the third. Bowa got a bunt single and a balk put Phillies runners on second and third base. Rose flied out to center fielder Lee Mazzilli and a fly ball by Luzinski was caught by left fielder Henderson for the inning’s final out. Mazzilli got an infield single to open the bottom half. Chapman drew a walk and Richie Hebner fouled out to right fielder McBride. Lerch then got Stearns to hit a ground ball to second baseman Manny Trillo for a double play that closed out the inning.

With one out in the top of the fourth, Garry Maddox homered to tie the game at 1-1. Zachry retired the next two Philadelphia batters to end the inning and Montanez doubled to begin the bottom half. Willie advanced to third base on Henderson’s ground out to Trillo and scored the go-ahead run on Elliott Maddox’s sacrifice fly. Flynn grounded out to first baseman Rose to finish off the inning and Zachry held the Phils to a double by Bowa in the top of the fifth. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Mazzilli hit a double and stole third. Chapman hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Mazzilli and increase the Mets’ lead to 3-1. Lerch then fanned Hebner for the third out of the inning.

Luzinski hit a leadoff double in the top of the sixth. Schmidt’s sacrifice bunt moved Luzinski to third base and Zachry retired both Garry Maddox and Trillo on fly balls to right fielder Elliott Maddox to close out the inning. Lerch shut down the Mets in the bottom half and Boone singled to open the top of the seventh. Pinch-hitter Del Unser hit a double on which Elliott Maddox made an error that allowed Boone to score the Phillies’ second run. McBride popped out to third baseman Hebner and a single by Bowa followed. Zachry retired Rose on a foul pop-up to Flynn and struck out Luzinski to end the inning. Philadelphia reliever Tug McGraw then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Zachry limited the Phils to a double by Garry Maddox in the top of the eighth. McGraw set down the Mets in order in the bottom of the inning and pinch-hitter Tim McCarver flied out to Elliott Maddox to lead off the top of the ninth. McBride fouled out to Hebner and a double by Bowa (the Phillies’ twelfth hit) ensued. Zachry then got Rose to ground out to Montanez and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory on Pat’s complete game that featured at least one hit in every inning.