July 17, 1980: Pacella and Reardon Blank Braves

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Date: July 17, 1980
Mets starter: John Pacella
Mets: 6
Braves: 0
Winning pitcher: John Pacella
Key player(s): John Pacella, Jeff Reardon, Elliott Maddox
Key play: Mets’ singles in 1st, Maddox’s double in 3rd

The Mets faced the Braves on a Thursday night in Atlanta. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. John Pacella and Jeff Reardon combined for a shutout in a 6-0 Mets win.

Lee Mazzilli singled against Braves’ starter Rick Matula to lead off the top of the first inning. Frank Taveras got a bunt single and Claudell Washington singled to drive home Mazzilli. A single by Steve Henderson scored Taveras and sent Washington to third base. Mike Jorgensen’s ground out to shortstop Luis Gomez plated Washington for the Mets’ third run of the inning. John Stearns drew a walk and Elliott Maddox singled to bring home Henderson for a 4-0 New York lead. With Doug Flynn at bat, Stearns was caught stealing on catcher Bruce Benedict’s throw to third baseman Bob Horner. Matula retired Flynn on a fly ball to right fielder Gary Matthews for the third out. Pacella then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Pacella hit a double to begin the top of the second inning. On his own hit, John was out at third base via a relay throw by second baseman Glenn Hubbard to Horner. Mazzilli grounded back to Matula and a double by Taveras followed. Washington grounded out to first baseman Chris Chambliss to end the inning and Horner doubled to begin the bottom half. Pacella followed up with strikeouts of both Jeff Burroughs and Benedict. John then got Gomez to pop out to second baseman Flynn and end the inning.

Henderson and Jorgensen got back-to-back singles to open the top of the third. Stearns followed with a force play ground ball to Gomez. Maddox hit a double that scored Henderson and Stearns, increasing the Mets’ lead to six runs. Matula was replaced on the mound by Atlanta reliever Preston Hanna, who retired Flynn and Pacella on infield grounders to close out the inning. Pacella then set down the Braves in order in the bottom half.

Pacella and Hanna each pitched scoreless ball from the fourth inning to the sixth. Braves’ reliever Gene Garber gave up just a single to Jorgensen in the top of the seventh. Burroughs singled with two outs in the bottom of the inning. Benedict hit a single and Pacella threw a wild pitch that advanced the runners to second and third base. Reardon then came in to pitch for the Mets and struck out pinch-hitter Brian Asselstine to finish off the inning.

Garber pitched a perfect top of the eighth. With one out in the bottom half, Hubbard singled and moved to third base on a single by Dale Murphy. Chambliss was retired on a fly ball to left fielder Henderson. Reardon got Matthews to hit an inning-ending force play grounder to shortstop Taveras, who singled against Atlanta’s Rick Camp with one out in the top of the ninth. Camp then got Washington on a double play ground ball to Hubbard to close out the inning.

Reardon threw a called third strike past Horner to start the bottom of the ninth. Burroughs was retired on a line drive to third baseman Maddox. Jeff then got Benedict to ground out to Maddox and end the game. The Mets had series-closing victory with a combined shutout.

Notes

  • This was the 1300th regular season win in Mets history
  • Pacella’s double was the second of two hits in his major league career