July 21, 1982: Doubles Down Giants
|Date: July 21, 1982|
|Mets starter: Pete Falcone|
|Winning pitcher: Pete Falcone|
|Key player(s): Mookie Wilson, Gary Rajsich, Ellis Valentine, Jesse Orosco|
|Key play: Mets’ doubles|
The Mets faced the Giants on a Wednesday afternoon in San Francisco. The teams played the latter half of a two-game series. The Mets hit four key doubles that led to a 6-2 win.
Mookie Wilson doubled against Giants’ starter Bill Laskey to lead off the top of the first inning. Wally Backman hit a single to drive home Wilson with the first run of the game. Laskey retired the next three batters to end the inning and New York’s Pete Falcone pitched a perfect bottom half. Phil Mankowski and Ron Gardenhire got back-to-back singles with one out in the top of the second. Falcone’s sacrifice bunt advanced the runners to second and third base. Wilson followed with a double that plated Mankowski and Gardenhire for a 3-0 Mets lead. Laskey retired Backman on an inning-ending fly ball to left fielder Jeffrey Leonard. Falcone then set down the side in order in the bottom half.
Dave Kingman drew a one-out walk against Laskey in the top of the third. Gary Rajsich doubled to drive home Kingman and extend the Mets’ lead to 4-0. Ron Hodges drew a walk against San Francisco reliever Gary Lavelle, who followed up by getting Mankowski to hit a double play ground ball to second baseman Joe Morgan that closed out the inning. Tom O'Malley reached on first baseman Kingman’s error to open the bottom half. Johnnie LeMaster singled and a sacrifice bunt by Lavelle moved the runners to second and third base. Leonard hit a sacrifice fly to score O’Malley and a single by Morgan brought home LeMaster, cutting the New York lead to 4-2. Falcone then retired Chili Davis on a fly ball to right fielder Rajsich for the inning’s third out.
Falcone and Lavelle each pitched scoreless ball in the fourth and fifth. Lavelle and Giants’ reliever Jim Barr combined for a scoreless top of the sixth and Mets’ reliever Jesse Orosco hurled a perfect bottom half. Wilson singled against Barr to lead off the top of the seventh. Backman drew a walk and Rusty Staub reached on an error by shortstop LeMaster to load the bases. Kingman hit a sacrifice fly to score Wilson for a 5-2 Mets lead. San Francisco’s Al Holland struck out Rajsich and retired Hodges on an inning-ending grounder to LeMaster. Orosco then gave up only a double to LeMaster in the bottom half.
Giants’ reliever Fred Breining yielded just a single to Gardenhire in the top of the eighth. Orosco pitched a scoreless bottom of the inning and Backman singled to begin the top of the ninth. Ellis Valentine connected for the Mets’ fourth double to bring home Backman with the sixth New York run. Mike Jorgensen drew a walk and Rajsich reached on a fielder’s choice bunt to load the bases. Hodges went down on strikes and Mankowski grounded back to Breining for an inning-ending double play.
Reggie Smith grounded out to shortstop Gardenhire to lead off the bottom of the ninth. Bob Brenly hit a single and O’Malley fouled out to catcher Hodges. Orosco then got LeMaster on a force play grounder to third baseman Mankowski for the final out of the game. The Mets had a solid victory to close out the two-game set.