April 17, 1982: Puleo's First Major League Win

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Date: April 17, 1982
Mets starter: Craig Swan
Mets: 2
Expos: 1
Winning pitcher: Charlie Puleo
Key player(s): Charlie Puleo, Bob Bailor, Mookie Wilson
Key play: Bailor’s single in 1st, Wilson’s sacrifice fly

The Mets faced the Expos on a Saturday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the second of three games in a weekend series. Charlie Puleo recorded his first major league win in a 2-1 Mets victory over Montreal.

Mets’ starter Craig Swan pitched a scoreless top of the first inning. Mookie Wilson singled against the Expos’ Ray Burris to lead off the bottom half. Wilson stole second base and moved to third on catcher Gary Carter’s throwing error. Bob Bailor hit a single to score Wilson for a 1-0 Mets lead. Bailor stole second and advanced to third on Carter’s passed ball. George Foster and Dave Kingman both went down on strikes. Burris then retired Ellis Valentine on a foul fly ball to right fielder Warren Cromartie for the third out.

Carter and Cromartie got back-to-back singles with one out in the top of the second. Brad Mills and Chris Speier were retired on foul pop-ups to end the inning and Burris hurled a perfect bottom half. Swan gave up just a single to Burris in the top of the third and Wilson hit a one-out double in the bottom of the inning. Bailor and Foster hit consecutive infield ground balls to close out the inning and Carter doubled with one out in the top of the fourth. Carter went to third base after Cromartie’s fly out to right fielder Valentine. Mills hit a single to bring home Carter and tie the game at 1-1. Swan retired Speier on an inning-ending grounder to second baseman Bailor. Burris then yielded only a single to John Stearns in the bottom half.

Rodney Scott hit a two-out single in the top of the fifth. Andre Dawson reached on shortstop Tom Veryzer’s error that allowed Scott to advance to third base. Swan got Speier to hit a force play grounder to Veryzer that finished off the inning and pinch-hitter Mike Jorgensen drew a walk with one out in the bottom half. Wilson was struck out and Bailor followed with a bunt single. Burris then retired Foster on a fly ball to center fielder Dawson for the inning’s final out.

In relief, Puleo held the Expos to a single by Mills in the top of the sixth. Burris shut down the Mets in the bottom half and Tim Raines hit a single with one out in the top of the seventh. Raines stole second base and moved to third as Scott reached on an error by Kingman. Dawson grounded out to third baseman Hubie Brooks and an intentional walk to Al Oliver loaded the bases. Puleo then got Carter to ground out to Bailor and end the inning.

Brooks singled to lead off the bottom of the seventh. On his own hit, Brooks went to second base via an error by left fielder Raines. Veryzer followed with a ground ball on which Burris threw to third baseman Mills for an out on Brooks. Pinch-hitter Rusty Staub hit a single to send Veryzer to third. Wilson followed with a sacrifice fly to bring home Veryzer and put the Mets ahead by a run. Burris then got Bailor on a force play grounder to second baseman Scott to close out the inning.

Mets’ reliever Ed Lynch set down all three Montreal batters in the top of the eighth. Kingman reached on an error by Mills with one out in the bottom half. Valentine singled to send Kingman to third base and went to second via an error by Dawson. Stearns was walked intentionally to load the bases and Brooks went down on strikes. Burris then retired pinch-hitter Gary Rajsich on a line drive to first baseman Oliver for the third out of the inning.

Pinch-hitter Jerry White was struck out to begin the top of the ninth. Raines got a bunt single and Scott grounded out to Bailor. Lynch then fanned Dawson for the game’s final out. The Mets had a victory as Puleo chalked up his first win as a major leaguer.


  • This was Lynch’s first of eight saves in his major league career