April 23, 1980: Bomback's First Major League Win
|Date: April 23, 1980|
|Mets starter: Mark Bomback|
|Winning pitcher: Mark Bomback|
|Key player(s): Mark Bomback, John Stearns, Joel Youngblood|
|Key play: Youngblood’s single in 8th|
The Mets faced the Phillies on a Wednesday night in Philadelphia. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Mark Bomback got his first major league win as the Mets came away with a 3-2 victory.
John Stearns got a one-out double off Phils’ starter Larry Christensen in the top of the first inning. Lee Mazzilli was hit by a pitch and Christensen threw a wild pitch to advance the runners to second and third base. Joel Youngblood grounded out to shortstop Larry Bowa to drive home Stearns with the first run of the game. Jerry Morales flied out to left fielder Greg Luzinski to end the inning. Bomback pitched a perfect bottom half and Phillies’ reliever Ron Reed shut down the Mets in the top of the second. Bomback then kept Philadelphia without a run in the bottom half.
Bomback and Reed each hurled scoreless third and fourth innings. In the fifth, Reed set down the Mets in order and Luis Aguayo tripled to lead off the bottom half. Pinch-hitter George Vukovich singled to score Aguayo and tie the game at 1-1. Pete Rose singled and Bake McBride popped out to second baseman Doug Flynn. Garry Maddox hit a ground ball to shortstop Frank Taveras for an inning-ending double play and Mazzilli doubled off Philadelphia’s Lerrin LaGrow with one out in the top of the sixth. Lee stole third base and scored the go-ahead run on second baseman Aguayo’s error of Youngblood’s grounder. Joel stole second and LaGrow retired the next two batters to end the inning. Bomback then shut down the Phils in the bottom half.
LaGrow retired the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh. Bomback pitched a scoreless bottom of the inning despite a leadoff triple by pinch-hitter Greg Gross. Phillies’ reliever Tug McGraw walked Taveras to open the top of the eighth. Stearns got a bunt single and Mazzilli hit a grounder to McGraw for a force out on Taveras at third base. Youngblood singled to score Stearns from second and increase the Mets’ lead to 3-1. McGraw then threw a called third strike past Morales and got pinch-hitter Jose Cardenal on an inning-ending pop-up to third baseman Mike Schmidt.
Schmidt hit a double off Mets’ reliever Neil Allen to begin the bottom of the eighth. Luzinski flied out to right fielder Youngblood and a single by Keith Moreland brought home Schmidt. Bowa singled and Mets’ reliever Ed Glynn retired pinch-hitter Bob Boone on a fly ball to center fielder Morales. Gross flied out to left fielder Cardenal to end the inning. Philadelphia’s Dickie Noles then pitched a scoreless top of the ninth.
Glynn set down the first two Phillies batters in the bottom of the ninth inning. Maddox followed with a double and Schmidt drew a walk. For the Mets, Jeff Reardon came in to pitch and walked Luzinski to load the bases. Reardon then struck out pinch-hitter Randy Lerch to end the game. The Mets had a victory to close out the series as Bomback chalked up his first win as a major leaguer.