July 13, 1980: Mets Rout Cards for DH Sweep

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Date: July 13, 1980
Mets starter: Mark Bomback
Mets: 10
Cardinals: 4
Winning pitcher: Mark Bomback
Key player(s): Lee Mazzilli, Mark Bomback
Key play: Mets’ five runs in 2nd, Bomback’s & Mazzilli’s doubles in 5th

After winning Game 1 of a Sunday doubleheader at Shea Stadium, the Mets aimed for a sweep of the Cardinals in the nightcap. The team collected a total of twelve hits against four St. Louis pitchers. Mark Bomback pitched a complete game as the Mets routed the Redbirds, 10-4.

After a scoreless first inning, Bomback set down the Cardinals in order in the top of the second. Steve Henderson led off the bottom half with a single to right field and stole second base. St. Louis starter Jim Otten balked to move Henderson to third and issued a walk to Mike Jorgensen. Otten threw a called third strike past Joel Youngblood and hit Alex Trevino with a pitch to load the bases. Doug Flynn’s sacrifice fly scored Henderson with the first run of the game. Bomback followed with a single that brought home Jorgensen. Lee Mazzilli singled to score Trevino and an ensuing single by Frank Taveras plated Bomback. Claudell Washington added a single on which Mazzilli crossed the plate for the Mets’ fifth run. Cards’ reliever Silvio Martinez then completed the inning with no further scoring.

Bomback walked Ken Oberkfell to open the top of the third. Martinez hit into a force play and Bobby Bonds flied out to right fielder Washington. A single by Garry Templeton moved Martinez to third base. Keith Hernandez singled to score Martinez with the first Redbird run. Bomback retired George Hendrick on a pop-up to shortstop Taveras for the third out of the inning. Martinez then pitched a perfect bottom half.

In the top of the fourth inning, Leon Durham homered to cut the Mets’ lead to 5-2. Terry Kennedy followed with a double to right field. Bomback set down the next three batters and Mazzilli got a bunt single with one out in the bottom half. On Martinez’s wild pickoff throw, Lee came all the way around to score the Mets’ sixth run. Taveras and Washington were retired on consecutive outfield flies to end the inning. Bomback then set down the Cardinals 1-2-3 in the top of the fifth.

Jorgensen homered with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning for a 7-2 Mets lead. Youngblood flied out to right fielder Durham and a single Trevino followed. On Flynn’s ensuing single, Trevino came around to score on an error by third baseman Mike Phillips with Doug advancing all the way to third. Bomback hit a double to bring home Flynn. A double by Mazzilli scored Bomback with the tenth run of the game for the Mets. St. Louis reliever Kim Seaman then got Taveras on a ground ball to Phillips that ended the inning.

Bomback and Seaman each pitched perfect ball in the sixth and seventh. In the top of the eighth, Mark retired the Redbirds 1-2-3 for the fourth inning in a row. Cardinals’ reliever Jim Kaat held the Mets to a single by Jerry Morales in a scoreless bottom half. In the top of the ninth, Keith Smith led off with a single and Durham followed with his second home run. Bomback then retired the next three St. Louis batters to end the game. The Mets had a sweep of the doubleheader.