August 21, 1980: Mets End Seven-Game Skid

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Date: August 21, 1980
Mets starter: Craig Swan
Mets: 5
Giants: 1
Winning pitcher: Pete Falcone
Key player(s): Jerry Morales, Lee Mazzilli, Pete Falcone
Key play: Mazzilli’s RBI single, Morales’s double

The Mets faced the Giants on a Thursday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets broke a seven-game losing streak with a 5-1 win over San Francisco.

Following a scoreless first inning, Mets’ starter Craig Swan gave up only a single to Milt May in the top of the second. Claudell Washington singled against the Giants’ Vida Blue to lead off the bottom half. Washington advanced to third base on Blue’s errant pickoff throw and scored on a single by Steve Henderson for a 1-0 Mets lead. Alex Trevino lined out to second baseman Rennie Stennett, who threw to first baseman Mike Ivie for an out on Henderson and a double play. Mario Ramirez singled to left field for his first major league hit. Blue then retired pinch-hitter Roy Lee Jackson on a fly ball to center fielder Bill North to end the inning.

Johnnie LeMaster singled against Mets’ reliever Pete Falcone to open the top of the third. LeMaster moved to second base on a wild pitch and Blue went down on strikes. North grounded out to second baseman Bill Almon and a single by Terry Whitfield brought home LeMaster with the tying run. Falcone got Larry Herndon on an inning-ending ground ball to third baseman Joel Youngblood. Blue then shut down the Mets in the bottom half.

Falcone and Blue each pitched a perfect fourth inning. Pete held the Giants to a single by LeMaster in the top of the fifth and Ramirez singled to begin the bottom half. Falcone’s sacrifice bunt advanced Ramirez to second base and a walk to Youngblood ensued. Almon flied out to left fielder Whitfield and a single by Lee Mazzilli drove home Ramirez to put the Mets ahead by a run. Jerry Morales doubled to score Youngblood and Mazzilli, increasing the New York lead to 4-1. Washington followed with a single that plated Morales with the Mets’ fifth run and went to third base on an error by North. Henderson drew a walk against San Francisco reliever Tom Griffin, who then retired Trevino on a fly ball to North that closed out the inning.

Falcone yielded only a single to Whitfield in the top of the sixth. Griffin set down the Mets in order in the bottom half and LeMaster drew a two-out walk in the top of the seventh. Pinch-hitter Jim Wohlford singled to center field and North grounded out to Almon to finish off the inning. Giants’ reliever Randy Moffitt retired all three batters in the bottom half and Falcone hurled a scoreless top of the eighth. Moffitt then set down the Mets 1-2-3 again in the bottom of the inning.

Ivie popped out to Almon to begin the top of the ninth. Stennett was retired on a ground ball to shortstop Ramirez. Falcone then struck out LeMaster to end the game. The Mets had a victory to halt their seven-game skid.