April 13, 1980: Falcone and Allen Shut Out Cubs

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Date: April 13, 1980
Mets starter: Pete Falcone
Mets: 5
Cubs: 0
Winning pitcher: Pete Falcone
Key player(s): Pete Falcone, Neil Allen, Joel Youngblood
Key play: Foote’s passed ball in 2nd, Youngblood’s single in 3rd

The Mets and Cubs faced each other on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams concluded a four-game series to begin the regular season. Pete Falcone and Neil Allen teamed up for a five-hit shutout as the Mets defeated Chicago, 5-0.

Falcone retired nine of the ten Cub batters over the first three innings of the game. He allowed a one-out single to Mike Vail in the second, but no other Chicago runners. Pete recorded four fly outs, four ground outs and a strikeout of opposing pitcher Willie Hernandez. Meanwhile, the Mets scored twice when John Stearns came home on Barry Foote’s passed ball in the bottom of the second and Joel Youngblood’s single that plated Frank Taveras in the latter half of the third.

In the top of the fourth inning, Falcone issued a leadoff walk to Ivan DeJesus. A single by Bill Buckner followed and Dave Kingman walked to load the bases. Pete responded by striking out Vail and getting Jerry Martin for an inning-ending double play. Hernandez pitched a scoreless bottom half and Falcone shut down the Cubs in the top of the fifth. Youngblood doubled to begin the bottom of the inning and came around to score on a double by Jerry Morales. Chicago reliever Lynn McGlothen then retired the next two batters to end the inning.

Falcone pitched a perfect top of the sixth and began the bottom half with a single. Steve Henderson and Taveras also singled to load the bases with none out. McGlothen struck out Lee Mazzilli and a sacrifice fly by Youngblood scored Falcone. Stearns followed with a single that brought home Henderson for the Mets’ fifth run. McGlothen then got Morales on a fly ball to center fielder Martin for the third out.

In the seventh inning, reliever Neil Allen struck out Kingman to start a 1-2-3 inning. McGlothen retired the Mets in order in the bottom half. Allen yielded a two-out single to pinch-hitter Scot Thompson while shutting down Chicago in the top of the eighth. The Cubs’ Doug Capilla then pitched a perfect bottom half with three ground ball outs.

Allen allowed a single to Buckner with one-out in the top of the ninth inning. He got Kingman to hit into a force play and gave up a single to Vail. Neil then struck out Martin to end the game. The Mets had a victory on a combined five-hit shutout to conclude the season’s first series.