August 9, 1978: Nineteen Hits in Montreal
|Date: August 9, 1978|
|Mets starter: Craig Swan|
|Winning pitcher: Craig Swan|
|Key player(s): Joel Youngblood, Elliott Maddox, John Stearns|
|Key play: Maddox's single in 6th, Stearns' homer in 7th|
The Mets faced the Expos on a Wednesday night at Olympic Stadium. It was a close game until the Mets pulled away in the later innings. With a total of 19 hits, the Mets emerged with a 10-3 win over Montreal.
After a scoreless first inning, Joel Youngblood doubled off Expos' starter Woodie Fryman to start the second. Youngblood later came home on a single by Elliott Maddox to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. The Expos went ahead in the bottom of the inning on run-scoring singles by Chris Speier and Del Unser of Mets' starter Craig Swan.
In the top of the third, Youngblood doubled off reliever Wayne Twitchell to score John Stearns and tie the game. The Expos reclaimed the lead when Warren Cromartie tripled to bring home Ellis Valentine in the bottom half. Swan then retired the Montreal hitters in order in the fourth and fifth innings.
Youngblood began the top of the sixth with a single off Twitchell. With one out, Joel advanced to second base on Swan's sacrifice bunt. Maddox followed with a single to bring home Youngblood and tie the game, 3-3. Swan then retired the Expos in order again in the bottom half.
Steve Henderson led off the seventh inning with a walk. Stearns came up with one out and homered to give the Mets a 5-3 lead. Darold Knowles came in to relieve Twitchell and, despite a triple by Youngblood, allowed no more runs in the inning.
Maddox singled off Montreal's Stan Bahnsen with one out in the eighth. Tim Foli followed with double to bring home Maddox and moved to third base on an error. Henderson followed with a single to score Foli and increase the Mets' lead to 7-3. After a single by Stearns, Willie Montanez hit a three-run homer off Bahnsen. Before the inning was over, Youngblood added a single for his fifth hit (and the Mets' nineteenth) of the game.
Mets' reliever Skip Lockwood pitched perfect eighth and ninth innings to finish off the game. The Mets had a victory with a late hitting attack.