April 8, 1982: Mets Beat Phillies in Opener
|Date: April 8, 1982|
|Mets starter: Randy Jones|
|Winning pitcher: Randy Jones|
|Key player(s): Bob Bailor|
|Key play: Bailor's single in 7th|
After being postponed by an unseasonable blizzard, the Mets and Phillies got the season started a Veterans Stadium. Randy Jones started the Thursday afternoon game against Philadelphia ace Steve Carlton. The Mets stretched their Opening Day winning streak to eight games by defeating the Phils, 7-2.
The Mets got two runs off Carlton in the first inning. With one out, Bob Bailor doubled and George Foster followed with another double to score him. Foster also came around to score on the play after an error by Phillies' second baseman Manny Trillo.
Jones pitched shutout ball for the first five innings. The Phils put two runners on base in the first and fourth, but failed to score against Randy. The Mets made it a 3-0 game on Bailor's double that brought home Mookie Wilson from first base in the top of the fifth.
The Phillies got their first run of the game when Garry Maddox's single scored Mike Schmidt in the sixth. In the top of the seventh, Hubie Brooks drew a one-out walk and Ron Gardenhire singled. Pinch-hitter Rusty Staub also got a single to score Brooks from second. After Wilson grounded out, Bailor got his third hit of the game with a single to score Gardenhire and pinch-runner Wally Backman. Carlton was then replaced by reliever Warren Brusstar, who walked Foster and gave up a single to Dave Kingman that brought around Bailor to make it a 7-1 Mets lead.
Ed Lynch pitched scoreless seventh and eighth innings for the Mets. In the bottom of the ninth, Neil Allen struck out Dick Davis before giving up a home run to Maddox. Allen then struck out Bo Diaz and got Trillo on a ground ball to shortstop Gardenhire for the final out of the game. The Mets had an Opening Day victory for the eighth year in a row.