April 30, 1978: Lockwood's Relief Snuffs Out Reds
|Date: April 30, 1978|
|Mets starter: Pat Zachry|
|Winning pitcher: Pat Zachry|
|Key player(s): Lee Mazzilli, Bobby Valentine, Skip Lockwood|
|Key play: Mazzilli’s two doubles, Valentine’s two-run single|
The Mets faced the Reds on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Skip Lockwood pitched three innings of scoreless relief to close out a 6-4 Mets win over Cincinnati.
Mets’ starter Pat Zachry pitched a scoreless top of the first. With one out in the bottom half, Bobby Valentine singled against the Reds’ Tom Hume. Valentine advanced to second base on Bruce Boisclair’s sacrifice bunt and came around to score on a single by Steve Henderson. Hume then retired Willie Montanez on a fly ball to center fielder Cesar Geronimo to end the inning.
Zachry gave up just a single to Johnny Bench in the top of the second. Joel Youngblood got a one-out single in the bottom half. Doug Flynn flied out to left fielder George Foster and a walk to Zachry ensued. Lee Mazzilli hit a double to drive home Youngblood and send Zachry to third base. Valentine singled to plate both Zachry and Mazzilli for a 4-0 Mets lead. Hume then struck out Boisclair to finish off the inning.
Pete Rose reached second base on an error by left fielder Henderson to begin the top of the third. Rose moved to third base on a bunt single by Ken Griffey and came home on Joe Morgan’s force play ground ball to first baseman Montanez. Foster flied out to center fielder Mazzilli and a walk to Dan Driessen followed. With Bench at bat, a passed ball by catcher John Stearns advanced the runners to second and third. Bench reached on shortstop Flynn’s error that allowed Morgan to score the Reds’ second run. Zachry retired Dave Concepcion on a fly ball to right fielder Boisclair for the inning’s final out. Hume then set down the Mets on three straight infield grounders in the bottom half.
Geronimo got a leadoff single in the top of the fourth inning. Hume’s sacrifice bunt moved Geronimo to second base and Rose drew a walk. Griffey singled to drive home Geronimo. Morgan flied out to Boisclair to advance Rose from second to third. With Foster at the plate, Griffey went to second and Rose came home with the tying run on a double steal. Zachry then struck out Foster to end the inning.
Youngblood walked against Hume to open the bottom of the fourth. Flynn followed with a single to left field. On his own hit, Flynn moved to second via an error by Foster that allowed Youngblood to score and put the Mets ahead, 5-4. Flynn went to third on Zachry’s sacrifice bunt and scored the sixth New York run on a double by Mazzilli. Cincinnati reliever Manny Sarmiento retired the next two batters to close out the inning and Zachry hurled a scoreless top of the sixth. Valentine singled against the Reds’ Dale Murray with two outs in the bottom half. Murray then got Boisclair to hit a force play grounder to shortstop Concepcion that ended the inning.
Lockwood came in to pitch and set down the Reds in order in the top of the seventh. Murray hurled a scoreless bottom half and Driessen began the top of the eighth with a single to right field. Bench singled and Concepcion went down on strikes. Geronimo was retired on a fly ball to Henderson and pinch-hitter Mike Lum was fanned to end the inning. Reds’ reliever Dave Tomlin then set down the side 1-2-3 in the bottom half.
Rose flied out to Henderson to lead off the top of the ninth. Griffey grounded back to Lockwood. Skip then got Morgan on a pop-up to third baseman Sergio Ferrer for the final out of the game. The Mets had a series-closing victory.