April 28, 1982: Mets Win in 15 Innings

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Date: April 28, 1982
Mets starter: Randy Jones
Mets: 5
Padres: 4
Winning pitcher: Pete Falcone
Key player(s): Pete Falcone, Hubie Brooks, Mookie Wilson, Bob Bailor
Key play: Brooks’ single in 6th, Bailor’s sacrifice fly in 15th

The Mets faced the Padres on a Wednesday night in San Diego. The teams played an extra-inning game that lasted three hours and forty-five minutes. The Mets scored a run in the top of the 15th for a 5-4 win.

Padres’ starter John Montefusco retired the Mets in order on three ground balls in the top of the first inning. In the bottom half, Garry Templeton got a two-out single and Ruppert Jones drew a walk. Sixto Lezcano reached on an error by shortstop Ron Gardenhire to load the bases. Terry Kennedy was hit by a pitch to force home Templeton with the first run of the game. Mets’ starter Randy Jones then got Luis Salazar on a fly ball to center fielder Mookie Wilson for the third out of the inning.

In the top of the second, John Stearns hit a home run with two outs to tie the game at 1-1. Hubie Brooks singled and Gardenhire flied out to right fielder Lezcano to end the inning. Randy Jones pitched a perfect bottom half and Montefusco set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the third. The Padres loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the inning. Kennedy was hit by a pitch to force home Juan Bonilla with the go-ahead run. Salazar grounded out to third baseman Brooks to score Templeton and stretch the San Diego lead to 3-1. Broderick Perkins was walked intentionally to load the bases. Randy Jones then fanned Montefusco for the final out of the inning.

Montefusco pitched a scoreless top of the fourth. Gene Richards singled and advanced to second base on Randy Jones’ wild pitch to start the bottom half. Bonilla grounded out and Templeton reached on an error by second baseman Wally Backman that sent Richards to third. Ruppert Jones hit a sacrifice fly to drive home Richards for the Padres’ fourth run. Templeton was then caught stealing on a throw by catcher Stearns to Backman for the third out.

Gardenhire singled with one out in the top of the fifth inning. Pinch-hitter Rick Sweet followed with a single that advanced Gardenhire to third. Wilson hit into a force play to score Gardenhire. Backman tripled to drive in Mookie and cut the San Diego lead to 4-3. Montefusco struck out Dave Kingman to end the inning. Mets’ reliever Craig Swan then retired the Padres 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

With one out in the top of the sixth inning, Ellis Valentine hit a double off San Diego reliever Danny Boone. Stearns grounded out to third baseman Salazar and a single by Brooks brought home Valentine with the tying run. Boone retired Gardenhire on a grounder to second baseman Bonilla for the third out. Swan pitched a scoreless bottom of the inning. After a scoreless seventh, Padres’ reliever Luis DeLeon shut down the Mets in the top of the eighth. Swan then retired the side in order in the bottom half.

DeLeon and Mets’ reliever Neil Allen each pitched a scoreless ninth inning. In the top of the 10th, San Diego’s Floyd Chiffer yielded a one-out single to Backman and hit Kingman with a pitch. Gary Rajsich flied out to left fielder Richards. Valentine reached via an error by Bonilla on which Backman tried to score. Bonilla recovered and threw to catcher Kennedy for an inning-ending out on Wally. Allen then shut down the Padres in the bottom half.

Chiffer pitched a scoreless top of the 11th inning. Mets’ reliever Pete Falcone did the same in the bottom half. From the 12th inning to the 14th, San Diego’s Gary Lucas recorded four strikeouts in retiring all nine Met batters. Falcone responded by limiting the Padres to one hit in pitching three more innings of scoreless ball.

Wilson hit a triple to lead off the top of the 15th inning. Bob Bailor followed with a sacrifice fly to score Mookie and put the Mets ahead. Mike Jorgensen grounded out to first baseman Perkins. Lucas then got Rajsich on a grounder to Perkins that ended the inning.

Lezcano popped out to first baseman Jorgensen to start the bottom of the 15th. Falcone followed up with a strikeout of Kennedy. Pete then retired Salazar on a ground ball to Gardenhire for the final out of the game. The Mets had an extra-inning victory.