August 15, 1982: Zachry's First Save

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Date: August 15, 1982
Mets starter: Ed Lynch
Mets: 5
Cubs: 4
Winning pitcher: Ed Lynch
Key player(s): Ron Gardenhire, Pat Zachry
Key play: Gardenhire’s two singles, Zachry’s strikeout of Davis

The Mets faced the Cubs in a doubleheader on a Sunday afternoon. The teams played the opener of the twinbill at Shea Stadium in front of 23,545 fans on hand. Pat Zachry recorded his first major league save in a 5-4 Mets win over Chicago.

Following a scoreless first inning, Mets’ starter Ed Lynch pitched a perfect top of the second. With one out in the bottom half, Mike Jorgensen reached third base on an error by right fielder Jay Johnstone. Ron Hodges followed with a sacrifice fly to score Jorgensen with the first run of the game. Chicago’s Randy Martz retired Brian Giles on a ground ball to shortstop Larry Bowa to end the inning and Junior Kennedy singled to lead off the top of the third. Kennedy advanced to second on Martz’s sacrifice bunt and came home on a triple by Ryne Sandberg. Bowa grounded out to second baseman Giles to plate Sandberg for a 2-1 Cubs lead. Lynch then threw a called third strike past Leon Durham for the inning’s final out.

To begin the bottom of the third inning, Ron Gardenhire got a bunt single and moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Lynch. Mookie Wilson singled to drive home Gardenhire and went to second on left fielder Steve Henderson’s throw to the plate. With Hubie Brooks at bat, Wilson stole third and came home on catcher Jody Davis’s error to put the Mets ahead by a run. Brooks drew a walk and advanced to third on Rusty Staub’s single to right field. George Foster singled to score Brooks and extend the New York lead to 4-2. Martz then retired Jorgensen on a pop-up to second baseman Kennedy and got Hodges on a fly ball to Johnstone to finish off the inning.

Lynch shut down the Cubs in the top of the fourth. Leading off the bottom half, Giles doubled (his first major league hit) and went to third base on an error by Henderson. Gardenhire followed with a single to bring home Giles with the Mets’ fifth run and stole second. Lynch was struck out and Chicago reliever Bill Campbell got Wilson to ground out to Kennedy. Campbell then retired Brooks on a grounder to Bowa for the third out of the inning.

Lynch and Campbell each pitched scoreless ball in the fifth and sixth. Pinch-hitter Bump Wills got a one-out single in the top of the seventh. Sandberg hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Gardenhire and a bunt single by Bowa followed. Lynch retired Bill Buckner on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Wilson. Cubs’ reliever Willie Hernandez then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Durham hit a double against Lynch to open the top of the eighth inning. Johnstone singled to score Durham and moved to second base on Wilson’s throw home. Mets’ reliever Mike Scott struck out Davis and a single by pinch-hitter Scot Thompson ensued. Scott threw a called third strike past Kennedy and got pinch-hitter Bob Molinaro on a fly ball to Wilson that ended the inning. Chicago reliever Dick Tidrow then retired the side in order in the bottom half.

Sandberg and Bowa drew back-to-back walks to start the top of the ninth. Scott was replaced on the mound by Mets’ reliever Jesse Orosco, who got Buckner to fly out to Wilson. Durham walked to load the bases and Zachry came in to pitch for New York. Pat retired pinch-hitter Keith Moreland on a fly ball to left fielder Foster that brought home Sandberg with the Cubs’ fourth run. Zachry then fanned Davis to end the game. The Mets had a victory to begin the doubleheader as Pat recorded his first career save.