August 4, 1980: Mets Beat Expos for DH Split
|Date: August 4, 1980|
|Mets starter: Mark Bomback|
|Winning pitcher: Mark Bomback|
|Key player(s): Mark Bomback, Lee Mazzilli, Jerry Morales|
|Key play: Mazzilli’s and Morales’s home runs|
The Mets faced the Expos in a doubleheader on a Monday evening. After dropping the opener of the twinbill at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium, the Mets aimed for a split in the nightcap. A pair of homers lead the way to a 4-3 Mets win.
Mark Bomback and the Expos’ Bill Lee each started the game with three scoreless innings pitched. Bill Almon drew a walk to begin the top of the fourth. Lee Mazzilli followed with a home run for a 2-0 Mets lead. Steve Henderson singled and moved to second base on Jerry Morales’s ground out to third baseman Larry Parrish. Henderson went to third as Elliott Maddox reached on Parrish’s error and scored the third New York run on Alex Trevino’s ground out to second baseman Rodney Scott. On the play, Maddox got caught by first baseman Warren Cromartie’s throw and was tagged out by shortstop Chris Speier for an inning-ending double play. Bomback then retired the side on three straight infield ground balls in the bottom half.
After a scoreless fifth, Morales hit a solo home run with two outs in the top of the sixth. Lee fanned Maddox and got Trevino to hit a grounder to Parrish for the inning’s third out. Bomback hurled a perfect bottom half and Montreal reliever Dale Murray gave up only a double to Joel Youngblood in the top of the seventh. To open the bottom of the inning, Ron LeFlore drew a walk and Scott got a bunt single. Andre Dawson was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Morales. Ellis Valentine was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Bomback then got Cromartie to hit a grounder to second baseman Doug Flynn for a double play that closed out the inning.
Murray surrendered only a walk to Henderson in the top of the eighth. Parrish homered against Bomback to lead off the bottom half. Speier was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Youngblood. Bobby Ramos popped out to Flynn and a home run by pinch-hitter Rowland Office reduced the Mets’ lead to 4-2. New York reliever Dyar Miller then got LeFlore to pop out to Flynn and finish off the inning.
Expos’ reliever Elias Sosa gave up only a single to Flynn in the top of the ninth. Scott singled and stole second base against Miller to begin the bottom half. Dawson went down on strikes and Valentine drew a walk. Mets’ reliever Neil Allen struck out Cromartie and a single by Parrish brought home Scott with the third Montreal run. Allen then retired pinch-hitter Jerry White on a fly ball to Morales for the game’s final out. The Mets had a victory and a doubleheader split.