August 10, 1981: Season Resumes with Extra-Inning Win

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Date: August 10, 1981
Mets starter: Mike Scott
Mets: 7
Cubs: 5
Winning pitcher: Dyar Miller
Key player(s): Dave Kingman, Ellis Valentine
Key play: Kingman’s homer in 11th, Valentine’s single in 13th, Bonds’ double play

On the first day after the players’ strike, the Mets and Cubs resumed the season at Wrigley Field. Baseball returned with an exciting extra-inning battle. Both teams scored in the eleventh and twelfth innings before the Mets wound up with a 7-5 win in thirteen.

The game started with Mike Scott and Chicago’s Mike Krukow on the mound. Each pitched well, allowing only one run each. Krukow gave up two hits with six strikeouts in six innings while Scott held the Cubs to three hits and struck out three in seven innings. The Mets’ only run against Krukow came on his balk that scored Mookie Wilson in the fourth. A home run by Bill Buckner in the seventh gave the Cubs their only run off Scott.

Pete Falcone came in to relieve Scott in the eighth inning. Pete allowed only one Chicago hit while pitching shutout ball through the tenth. Cubs’ relievers Bill Caudill and Dick Tidrow retired all nine Mets’ hitters they faced in the same three innings.

In the eleventh, the Mets had runners on first and third with two out. Dave Kingman came up to bat against reliever Rawly Eastwick. Kingman hit a home run to left field to put the Mets ahead, 4-1. The Cubs then tied it in the bottom half when Buckner scored on a passed ball and Bobby Bonds hit a two-run double.

Each team scored again in the twelfth. The Mets went ahead, 5-4, on Mike Jorgensen’s two-out single to score Hubie Brooks. The Cubs tied it again when Ty Waller led off the bottom of the inning with a double and scored on Tim Blackwell’s single.

The Mets had runners on first and second with one out in the top of the thirteenth. Ellis Valentine singled off Lynn McGlothen to bring home Joel Youngblood with the go-ahead run. Brooks followed with a ground out against reliever Mike Griffin that scored Ron Hodges.

To start the bottom of the thirteenth, Greg Harris relieved Dyar Miller for the Mets. The first two Cubs’ hitters reached base against Harris, but Greg got Bonds to hit into a key double play. Harris finished off the game by getting Ken Reitz on a fly out to center field. The Mets got the official second half of the major league season started with a hard-fought victory.