April 29, 1979: Mets Beat Dodgers for DH Split

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Date: April 29, 1979
Mets starter: Mike Scott
Mets: 6
Dodgers: 3
Winning pitcher: Dale Murray
Key player(s): Lee Mazzilli, Bruce Boisclair, Richie Hebner, Joel Youngblood
Key play: Mazzilli’s and Hebner’s singles, Youngblood’s home run

The Mets and Dodgers faced each other in a doubleheader on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. After dropping the opener of the twinbill, the Mets aimed for a split in the second game. The Mets emerged with a 6-3 win over Los Angeles.

Mets’ starter Mike Scott pitched a scoreless top of the first inning. Frank Taveras drew a walk against the Dodgers’ Andy Messersmith to lead off the bottom half. Taveras stole second base and Richie Hebner flied out to center fielder Gary Thomasson. Lee Mazzilli singled to drive home Taveras and a walk to Willie Montanez followed. John Stearns hit a double against Los Angeles reliever Rick Sutcliffe to score Mazzilli with the Mets’ second run. Joel Youngblood grounded out to Sutcliffe and a single by Steve Henderson brought home Montanez for a 3-0 New York lead. Sutcliffe then retired Doug Flynn on a ground ball to second baseman Dave Lopes for the third out.

Scott and Sutcliffe each pitched one-hit scoreless ball from the second inning to the fourth. Steve Garvey singled against Scott to open the top of the fifth. Ron Cey flied out to center fielder Mazzilli and a single by Dusty Baker ensued. Von Joshua and Steve Yeager hit singles to drive home Garvey and Baker, respectively. Mets’ reliever Dwight Bernard struck out Sutcliffe and a single by Lopes plated Joshua to tie the game at 3-3. Bernard then got Bill Russell to fly out to left fielder Henderson and finish off the inning.

Pinch-hitter Bruce Boisclair hit a leadoff double in the bottom of the fifth. Boisclair advanced to third base on Taveras’s sacrifice bunt and came home on Hebner’s single for a 4-3 Mets lead. Hebner moved to second on catcher Yeager’s passed ball and Mazzilli flied out to left fielder Baker. Montanez was retired on a fly ball to Thomasson that ended the inning and Mets’ reliever Dale Murray set down the side in order in the top of the sixth. With one out in the bottom half, Youngblood homered for the fifth New York run of the game. Sutcliffe then got Henderson to pop out to Lopes and retired Flynn on a grounder to shortstop Russell for the inning’s third out.

Murray hurled a scoreless top of the seventh. Hebner drew a two-out walk against Dodgers’ reliever Charlie Hough in the bottom half. Richie stole second base and scored the Mets’ sixth run on a single by Mazzilli. Lee stole second and Montanez went down on strikes to close out the inning. To begin the top of the eighth, Lopes singled and stole second. Russell flied out to right fielder Youngblood and a line drive by Thomasson was caught by second baseman Flynn. Murray retired Cey on an inning-ending fly ball to Mazzilli. Hough then shut down the Mets in the bottom half.

Baker and Joshua were retired on consecutive ground balls to Flynn to start the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Vic Davalillo reached on an error by Murray and a single by pinch-hitter Rick Monday followed. Mets’ reliever Skip Lockwood got Lopes to hit a force play grounder to shortstop Taveras for the final out of the game. The Mets had a victory and a split of the doubleheader.