April 30, 1980: Bomback Shuts Out Phillies

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Date: April 30, 1980
Mets starter: Mark Bomback
Mets: 2
Phillies: 0
Winning pitcher: Mark Bomback
Key player(s): Mark Bomback, Dan Norman
Key play: Norman’s single in 4th

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Wednesday night at Shea Stadium. After recording his first major league win at Philadelphia one week earlier, Mark Bomback took the mound against the Phils once again. Bomback pitched a two-hit shutout in a 2-0 Mets victory.

Bomback retired the Phillies in order in the top of the first inning. In the bottom half, Elliott Maddox got a one-out single and Lee Mazzilli hit into a force play. Philadelphia starter Randy Lerch issued walks to Joel Youngblood and John Stearns to load the bases. Jerry Morales hit a ground ball to shortstop Larry Bowa for an inning-ending force out on Stearns. Mike Schmidt opened the top of the second with a single and Bomback set down the next three Phillies batters. Lerch then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Following a scoreless third inning, Bomback retired the Phils 1-2-3 in the top of the fourth. Stearns led off the bottom half with a double to left field. Morales grounded out to second baseman Luis Aguayo and a single by Dan Norman brought home Stearns. Doug Flynn hit into a force play and Lerch got Bomback on a grounder to second baseman Luis Aguayo to end the inning. After a scoreless fifth, Mark walked Aguayo and Lerch to begin the top of the sixth. Pete Rose hit a grounder to shortstop Frank Taveras for a double play and Bake McBride popped out to first baseman Mazzilli. Lerch then shut down the Mets in the bottom of the inning.

Garry Maddox singled and stole second base to start the top of the seventh. Schmidt grounded out to third baseman Elliott Maddox and a pop-up by Greg Luzinski was caught by Taveras. Bomback struck out Bob Boone to end the inning and Lerch set down the Mets in order in the bottom half. With two outs in the top of the eighth, Bomback issued consecutive walks to pinch-hitter Del Unser and Rose. Mark then got McBride on an inning-ending ground ball to second baseman Flynn.

Against Phillies’ reliever Dickie Noles, Morales reached on an error by third baseman Schmidt with two outs in the bottom of the eighth. Morales stole second base and came around to score on Bowa’s error of Norman’s ground ball. Norman stole second and Flynn was given an intentional walk. Noles then retired Bomback on a ground ball back to the mound for the third out of the inning.

Bomback got Garry Maddox on a fly ball to center fielder Morales to begin the top of the ninth. Schmidt grounded out to Taveras and a walk to Luzinski followed. Boone then hit a grounder to Elliott Maddox for a force play that ended the game. The Mets had blanked the Phils on Bomback’s two-hitter and second straight win over the Philadelphia team.