August 20, 1983: Lynch's First Complete Game

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Date: August 20, 1983
Mets starter: Ed Lynch
Mets: 7
Giants: 2
Winning pitcher: Ed Lynch
Key player(s): Ed Lynch, George Foster, Ron Hodges
Key play: Foster’s grand slam, Hodges’ two doubles

The Mets faced the Giants on a Saturday afternoon in San Francisco. The teams played the second of three games in a weekend series. Ed Lynch recorded the first complete game of his career in a 7-2 Mets win.

Lynch and the Giants’ Fred Breining each started the game by pitching four innings of one-hit scoreless ball. Ron Hodges hit a double to lead off the top of the fifth. Hodges advanced to third base on Brian Giles’ single and came home on Jose Oquendo’s sacrifice bunt. Lynch singled to drive home Giles and a strikeout of Danny Heep ensued. Consecutive singles by Hubie Brooks and Keith Hernandez loaded the bases and Breining was replaced on the mound by San Francisco reliever Mark Calvert. George Foster greeted Calvert with a grand slam to increase the Mets’ lead to 6-0. Darryl Strawberry drew a walk and scored the seventh New York run on Hodges’ second double of the inning. Calvert retired Giles on an inning-ending pop-up to second baseman Joel Youngblood. Lynch then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Calvert held the Mets to a single by Lynch in the top of the sixth. Pinch-hitter Duane Kuiper hit a one-out double in the bottom of the inning. Johnnie Lemaster got an infield single and Lynch got Darrell Evans to hit a ground ball to first baseman Hernandez for an inning-ending double play. Giants’ reliever Renie Martin hurled a scoreless top of the seventh and back-to-back singles by Jack Clark and Jeffrey Leonard opened the bottom half. Chili Davis fouled out to Hernandez and double by Youngblood drove home Clark. On Youngblood’s hit, Leonard got caught in a rundown and was tagged out by catcher Hodges. Lynch then retired Tom O'Malley on a fly ball to left fielder Foster to finish off the inning.

Martin set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth. With one out in the bottom half, pinch-hitter Dave Bergman homered for the Giants’ second run of the game. LeMaster singled and Evans hit a grounder to Hernandez for a double play that ended the inning. San Francisco reliever Andy McGaffigan then pitched a scoreless top of the ninth.

Clark popped out to Hernandez to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning. Leonard was retired on a ground ball to third baseman Brooks. Lynch then got Davis to line out to second baseman Giles and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory on Ed’s first career complete game.