August 16, 1979: Five Runs in 8th Bury Braves
|Date: August 16, 1979|
|Mets starter: Pete Falcone|
|Winning pitcher: Pete Falcone|
|Key player(s): Alex Trevino, Joel Youngblood|
|Key play: Trevino's single, Youngblood's double|
The Mets faced the Braves on a Thursday night in Atlanta. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets scored five runs in the eighth inning in a series-sweeping 6-3 win.
Pete Falcone and the Braves' Phil Niekro each pitched two-hit scoreless ball from the first inning to the fourth. Leading off the top of the fifth, Jose Cardenal homered to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. Niekro retired the next three batters to end the inning and Jerry Royster drew a walk with two outs in the bottom half. Royster advanced to third base on Gary Matthews' single and scored the tying run on a single by Jeff Burroughs. Falcone then got Bob Horner on a fly ball to left fielder Joel Youngblood to close out the inning.
After scoreless sixth and seventh innings, Doug Flynn doubled to open the top of the eighth. Pinch-hitter Gil Flores hit a grounder on which Niekro threw to third baseman Horner for an out on Flynn. Flores moved to second on Frank Taveras's bunt single and came home with the go-ahead run on a single by Alex Trevino. On his own hit, Trevino went all the way to third via an error by center fielder Barry Bonnell that allowed Taveras to score. Lee Mazzilli drew a walk and John Stearns reached on a fielder's choice bunt to drive home Trevino. Youngblood followed with a double to plate Mazzilli and Stearns for a five-run inning and a 6-1 Mets lead. Niekro then got Cardenal to fly out to left fielder Burroughs and retired Dan Norman on a ground ball to shortstop Pepe Frias that ended the inning.
Dale Murphy singled against Mets' reliever Ed Glynn to lead off the bottom of the eighth. Bonnell hit a single and Frias drew a walk to load the bases. Neil Allen came in to pitch for New York and got Bruce Benedict on a force play grounder that scored Murphy. Pinch-hitter Charlie Spikes was struck out and Royster singled to drive home Bonnell. Matthews hit a single to reload the bases and Allen retired Burroughs on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Mazzilli. Atlanta's Gene Garber then pitched a perfect top of the ninth.
Horner singled to begin the bottom of the ninth inning. Murphy was called out on strikes and pinch-hitter Rowland Office flied out to Mazzilli. Allen then threw a called third strike past Frias to end the game. The Mets had a victory and a sweep of the three-game series.