August 1, 1978: Stearns and Youngblood Slug Phils
|Date: August 1, 1978|
|Mets starter: Tom Hausman|
|Winning pitcher: Kevin Kobel|
|Key player(s): John Stearns, Joel Youngblood, Tim Foli|
|Key play: Stearns' & Youngblood's home runs|
The Mets played the Phillies on a Tuesday night in Philadelphia. Looking to end a four-game losing streak, the Mets had the task of facing Phils' lefthander Steve Carlton. Home runs by John Stearns and Joel Youngblood off Carlton gave the Mets a 5-1 win at Veterans Stadium.
The Mets got a run in the top of the first inning. Lee Mazzilli led off with a single and advanced to second base on a balk by Carlton. Tim Foli's single scored Mazzilli for a 1-0 Mets lead. Carlton got through the rest of the inning with no further damage and the Phillies didn't score against Mets' starter Tom Hausman in the bottom half. Carlton and Hausman then pitched one-hit shutout ball from the second inning to the fourth, allowing singles to Foli and Garry Maddox, respectively.
Mazzilli led off the top of the fifth inning with a double. Lee moved to third base on Foli's sacrifice bunt. Carlton struck out Steve Henderson and, after hitting Stearns with a pitch, retired Willie Montanez on a fly ball to center fielder Maddox to end the inning. The Phils then tied the game on Richie Hebner's home run off Hausman in the bottom of the inning.
Carlton and Mets' reliever Kevin Kobel each pitched a perfect sixth inning. In the top of the seventh, Carlton struck out Kobel and Mazzilli before Foli got his third single of the game. Henderson drew a walk and Stearns came to bat. John hit a three-run homer to put the Mets ahead, 4-1. Carlton got Montanez on a fly ball to Maddox for the third out and Kobel shut down the Phillies despite two hits in the bottom half of the inning.
Youngblood homered to lead off the top of the eighth for the Mets' fifth run of the game. Carlton retired the next three batters and Kobel pitched a scoreless bottom half. Against Phils' reliever Warren Brusstar in the ninth, Mazzilli led off with a walk and stole second base. Foli also walked and Henderson grounded into a double play. Brusstar then retired Stearns on a fly ball to right fielder Jerry Martin for the final out of the inning.
Kobel retired the Phillies without a hit in the bottom of the ninth to end the game. The Mets had a victory to end their skid. Kevin pitched solidly with four and two-thirds innings of shutout ball for his second win of the year. The slugging of Stearns and Youngblood provided the difference.