August 7, 1980: Youngblood and Morales Slug Expos
|Date: August 7, 1980|
|Mets starter: Ray Burris|
|Winning pitcher: Ray Burris|
|Key player(s): Ray Burris, Joel Youngblood, Jerry Morales|
|Key play: Morales’s homer and single, Youngblood’s home run|
The Mets faced the Expos on a Thursday afternoon in Montreal. The teams played the finale of a five-game series at Olympic Stadium. Joel Youngblood and Jerry Morales combined for five hits and five runs batted in as the Mets came away with a 7-1 win.
Ray Burris and the Expos’ Fred Norman each pitched a scoreless first inning. With one out in the top of the second, Morales homered for a 1-0 Mets lead. Alex Trevino went down on strikes and Doug Flynn singled to right field. Norman retired Burris on an inning-ending pop-up to second baseman Rodney Scott. Ray then shut down Montreal in the bottom half.
Following a scoreless third inning, Youngblood singled to lead off the top of the fourth. Morales drew a walk and Trevino hit a ground ball to Scott for a double play. Flynn was given an intentional walk and Burris fouled out to catcher Bobby Ramos to end the inning. With two outs in the bottom half, Rowland Office tripled to right field. Burris then got Ellis Valentine on a fly ball to left fielder Steve Henderson for the third out.
Frank Taveras hit a single to lead off the top of the fifth inning. An ensuing single by Elliott Maddox advanced Taveras to third base. Frank came home on a sacrifice fly by Lee Mazzilli and a strikeout of Henderson ensued. Youngblood hit a two-run homer to extend the Mets’ lead to 4-0. Norman retired Morales on a foul pop-up Ramos that closed out the inning. Burris then set down the Expos 1-2-3 in the bottom half.
Norman held the Mets to an infield single by Burris in the top of the sixth. Ray yielded only a triple to Jerry White in the bottom of the inning and Maddox singled against Montreal reliever Dale Murray to begin the top of the seventh. Mazzilli flied out to left fielder White and a walk to Henderson followed. Youngblood hit a single to load the bases and Morales singled to drive home Maddox and Henderson. On the play, Youngblood advanced to third base and Morales moved to second via a throw by White. Trevino hit a sacrifice fly to drive home Youngblood for a 7-0 Mets lead. Murray then retired Flynn on a fly ball to right fielder Valentine to end the inning.
Office hit a home run to open the bottom of the seventh. Valentine grounded out to shortstop Taveras and a fly ball by Cromartie was caught by right fielder Youngblood. Larry Parrish flied out to Henderson to end the inning and Murray pitched a perfect top of the eighth. Burris then retired all three Montreal batters in the bottom half.
Expos’ reliever Woodie Fryman pitched a perfect top of the ninth. White flied out to center fielder Morales to begin the bottom of the inning. Scott grounded out to first baseman Mike Jorgensen and a single by Office ensued. Burris then got Valentine to hit a force play ground ball to Taveras that ended the game. The Mets had a series-closing victory over the National League East Division leaders.