July 19, 1980: Jackson Strikes Out 12 in Rout

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Date: July 19, 1980
Mets starter: Roy Lee Jackson
Mets: 13
Reds: 3
Winning pitcher: Roy Lee Jackson
Key player(s): Roy Lee Jackson, Bill Almon, Joel Youngblood, John Stearns
Key play: Mets’ four-run 5th inning

The Mets and Reds faced each other on a Saturday night in Cincinnati. The teams played the second of three games at Riverfront Stadium. Roy Lee Jackson had 12 strikeouts and retired the last 19 batters while the Mets collected 20 hits for a 13-3 win.

In the top of the first inning, Bill Almon and Steve Henderson got back-to-back one-out singles off Reds’ starter Charlie Leibrandt. John Stearns followed with a double that gave the Mets two runs. Leibrandt retired Joel Youngblood and Jerry Morales on infield ground balls to end the inning. Dave Collins drew a walk and stole second and third to begin the bottom half. Jackson threw called third strikes past Dave Concepcion and Ken Griffey. A single by George Foster scored Collins. Jackson then got Dan Driessen on a called third strike for the third out.

Leibrandt shut down the Mets despite Jackson’s triple in the top of the second inning. Roy Lee fanned two batters in a perfect bottom half. Leibrandt retired the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the third and Collins drew a leadoff walk and stole second to start the bottom of the inning. Concepcion struck out and Griffey singled (his 1,000th career hit) to drive home Collins with the tying run. Griffey stole second and scored on Foster’s single for a 3-2 Cincinnati lead. Driessen then hit a grounder back to Jackson for an inning-ending double play.

Youngblood singled to lead off the top of the fourth. Morales hit into a force play and scored to tie the game on a double by Elliott Maddox. Leibrandt set down the next two batters and Jackson struck out Ron Oester to end a perfect bottom half. In the top of the fifth, Lee Mazzilli led off with a home run to put the Mets ahead. Almon got a bunt single and went to third on shortstop Concepcion’s error of Henderson’s grounder. Stearns singled to bring home Almon and increase the Mets’ lead to 5-3. Leibrandt was then replaced on the mound by Reds’ reliever Joe Price.

After retiring Youngblood on a pop-up to second baseman Oester, Price yielded a single to Morales that scored Henderson from second. A single by Maddox plated Stearns with the Mets’ seventh run. Price got Doug Flynn to fly out to right fielder Griffey and retired Jackson on a pop-up to Oester. Roy Lee pitched a perfect bottom half, during which he struck out Collins. Price and Jackson then hurled a scoreless sixth inning with Driessen striking out to end the bottom half.

Morales got a one-out single in the top of the seventh. With two outs, Flynn hit a triple to score Morales. Doug came home on Oester’s error for a 9-3 Mets lead. Jackson flied out to Griffey to end the inning. Roy Lee then had a perfect inning that included a strikeout of Johnny Bench for his tenth of the game.

In the top of the eighth, Almon singled with one out against Cincinnati reliever Doug Bair. Henderson hit a single to move Almon to third and stole second base. Stearns struck out and Youngblood singled to score Almon and Henderson. Bair walked Morales and Maddox to load the bases. Reds’ reliever Dave Tomlin retired Flynn on an inning-ending pop-up to Oester. Jackson then struck out Joe Nolan to begin another 1-2-3 bottom half.

Almon got a two-out triple for his fourth hit of the game in the top of the ninth. A single by Mike Jorgensen brought home Almon (his fourth run scored) to make the score 12-3. Stearns hit a single and Youngblood singled for the Mets’ 20th hit to score Jorgensen. Morales then fouled out to catcher Nolan to end the inning.

Jackson fanned Griffey for his 12th strikeout to begin the bottom of the ninth. Foster lined out to shortstop Almon. Driessen then hit a ground ball to first baseman Jorgensen on which Jackson took the throw for the final out of the game. The Mets had an easy victory on Roy Lee’s solid pitching and an intensive hitting attack.