July 1, 1982: Scott Leads Mets Over Expos

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Date: July 1, 1982
Mets starter: Mike Scott
Mets: 2
Expos: 1
Winning pitcher: Mike Scott
Key player(s): Mike Scott, Bob Bailor
Key play: Scott’s double in 3rd, Wallach’s error, Bailor’s RBI single

The Mets faced the Expos on a Thursday afternoon in Montreal. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Mike Scott pitched seven innings and contributed to the Mets’ scoring in a 2-1 win.

Expos’ starter Scott Sanderson retired the side in order in the top of the first. Tim Wallach drew a walk against Scott with two outs in the bottom half. Al Oliver hit a single and Gary Carter singled to drive home Wallach for a 1-0 Montreal lead. Warren Cromartie flied out to left fielder George Foster to end the inning and Sanderson hurled a perfect top of the second. Scott then yielded only a single to Chris Speier in the bottom half.

Scott hit a two-out double in the top of the third. Mookie Wilson reached on third baseman Wallach’s error that allowed Scott to come home with the tying run. Bob Bailor followed with a single that scored Wilson and put the Mets ahead. John Stearns singled and Sanderson struck out Dave Kingman to finish off the inning. Scott then set down the side 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Scott and Sanderson each pitched scoreless ball from the fourth inning to the seventh. Mike hit his second double to lead off the top of the eighth. Wilson was struck out and Bailor got a single on which Scott remained at second base. Stearns was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Cromartie. Kingman hit a force play ground ball to Wallach that ended the inning and Oliver hit a two-out single against Scott in the bottom half. Carter reached on third baseman Bailor’s error and Mets’ reliever Jesse Orosco got Cromartie to hit a grounder to first baseman Mike Jorgensen that ended the inning.

Sanderson gave up only a single to Ellis Valentine in the top of the ninth. Dan Norman drew a walk against Orosco to begin the bottom half. Against Mets’ reliever Neil Allen, Speier laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Norman to second base. Pinch-hitter John Milner grounded out to second baseman Wally Backman. Allen then retired Tim Raines on a grounder to Bailor for the game’s final out. The Mets had a series-closing victory.