April 24, 1982: Puleo Leads Shutout of Expos

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Date: April 24, 1982
Mets starter: Charlie Puleo
Mets: 1
Expos: 0
Winning pitcher: Charlie Puleo
Key player(s): Charlie Puleo, John Stearns
Key play: Stearns’ double

The Mets faced the Expos on a Saturday afternoon in Montreal. The teams played the second of three games in a weekend series. Charlie Puleo and two relief pitchers teamed up for a shutout in a 1-0 Mets win.

Expos’ starter Ray Burris gave up just a single to Wally Backman in the top of the first inning. Puleo hurled a scoreless bottom half and Burris shut down the Mets in the top of the second. Al Oliver drew a walk to lead off the bottom of the inning. Gary Carter grounded out to shortstop Ron Gardenhire and a walk to Warren Cromartie ensued. Tim Wallach was retired on a line drive to left fielder George Foster. Puleo then got Chris Speier to ground out to Gardenhire and end the inning.

Burris yielded only a single to Gardenhire in the top of the third. Puleo pitched a perfect bottom half and Burris surrendered just a walk to Rusty Staub in the top of the fourth. Carter hit a two-out single in the bottom of the inning. Cromartie went down on strikes for the inning’s third out and Burris set down the Mets in order in the top of the fifth. Wallach singled to open the bottom half. Speier hit a double and Burris grounded out to Puleo. Tim Raines was called out on strikes and Rodney Scott walked to load the bases. Puleo then got Andre Dawson on a force play ground ball to Gardenhire for the final out of the inning.

Burris pitched a scoreless top of the sixth. Puleo shut down the Expos in the bottom half and Gary Rajsich hit a double with two outs in the top of the seventh. John Stearns followed with a double to drive home Rajsich and put the Mets ahead by a run. Hubie Brooks drew a walk and Burris got Gardenhire to hit an inning-ending force play grounder to shortstop Speier. Pinch-hitter Wallace Johnson drew a one-out walk against Puleo in the bottom half. Raines hit a single against Mets’ reliever Pete Falcone. With Scott at the plate, Johnson was caught stealing on catcher Stearns’ throw to third baseman Brooks. Falcone then got Scott to fly out to Foster and finish off the inning.

Montreal reliever Bill Lee yielded only a single to Mookie Wilson in the top of the eighth. Oliver drew a walk against Falcone with one out in the bottom half. Carter and Cromartie followed with walks that loaded the bases and Neil Allen came in to pitch for the Mets. Pinch-hitter Jerry White hit a grounder on which Allen threw to Stearns for an out at home on Oliver. Allen then retired pinch-hitter Brad Mills on a fly ball to center fielder Wilson to close out the inning.

Foster got an infield single to begin the top of the ninth. Joel Youngblood hit a force play ground ball to second baseman Scott and advanced to second base on a single by Stearns. Youngblood went to third after Brooks’ fly out to center fielder Dawson. Gardenhire then grounded back to Lee for the third out of the inning.

Pinch-hitter Terry Francona walked to lead off the bottom of the ninth. Raines hit a force play grounder to Brooks and a strikeout of pinch-hitter Rowland Office ensued. Allen then got Dawson to fly out to right fielder Youngblood and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a shutout victory comprised of three pitchers.