August 2, 1979: Mets Beat Phils for DH Split

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Date: August 2, 1979
Mets starter: Pete Falcone
Mets: 2
Phillies: 1
Winning pitcher: Pete Falcone
Key player(s): Pete Falcone, Neil Allen, Lee Mazzilli, Frank Taveras
Key play: Mazzilli’s single, Taveras’s double

The Mets faced the Phillies in a doubleheader on a Thursday evening at Shea Stadium. After dropping the opener of the twinbill, the Mets aimed for a split in the nightcap. The Mets emerged with a 2-1 win over Philadelphia.

Pete Falcone and the Phils’ Kevin Saucier each started the game with three scoreless innings pitched. With one out in the top of the fourth, Mike Schmidt hit a home run for a 1-0 Philadelphia lead. Greg Luzinski went down on strikes and Bob Boone drew a walk. Boone was caught stealing second base on catcher Alex Trevino’s throw to shortstop Frank Taveras for the inning’s third out. Saucier then held the Mets to a walk to Trevino in the bottom half.

Falcone yielded just a double to Larry Bowa in the top of the fifth. Taveras drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the inning. Frank stole second base and came around to score on Lee Mazzilli’s single to tie the game at 1-1. Willie Montanez grounded out to second baseman Manny Trillo to end the inning and Falcone hurled a scoreless top of the sixth. Saucier then retired the side in order in the bottom half.

Falcone limited the Phillies to a double by Luzinski in the top of the seventh. Doug Flynn singled against Saucier to lead off the bottom of the inning. Flynn moved to second base on Falcone’s sacrifice bunt. Phils’ reliever Rawly Eastwick got Gil Flores to fly out to right fielder Bake McBride. Taveras hit a double to drive home Flynn and put the Mets ahead by a run. Mazzilli drew a walk and Philadelphia’s Tug McGraw retired Montanez on a ground ball to Trillo to finish off the inning.

Bowa drew a walk against Falcone to begin the top of the eighth. Pinch-hitter Mike Anderson and McBride were struck out and a walk to Pete Rose ensued. Mets’ reliever Neil Allen got Schmidt to hit a force play grounder to Taveras that ended the inning and Phillies’ reliever Doug Bird pitched a perfect bottom half. Luzinski and Boone were retired on fly balls to left fielder Joel Youngblood to open the top of the ninth. Garry Maddox hit a single to right field. Allen then struck out pinch-hitter Del Unser to end the game. The Mets had a victory and a split of the doubleheader.

Notes

  • During the doubleheader, the news of the tragic death of Yankees’ catcher Thurman Munson was posted on the message board at Shea.
  • The Mets purchased the contract of outfielder Jose Cardenal from the Phillies between games of the twinbill.