July 25, 1980: Zachry Shuts Out Reds

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Date: July 25, 1980
Mets starter: Pat Zachry
Mets: 2
Reds: 0
Winning pitcher: Pat Zachry
Key player(s): Pat Zachry, John Stearns
Key play: Stearns’ RBI groundout in 1st and double in 6th

The Mets and Reds played on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. The teams began a three-game series with a quick two-hour and six-minute contest. Pat Zachry pitched a complete game shutout as the Mets defeated Cincinnati, 2-0.

In the top of the first inning, Dave Collins got a leadoff single against Zachry. Mets’ catcher John Stearns threw out Collins on a steal attempt and Zachry retired the next two Reds batters. Lee Mazzilli opened the bottom half with a double and went to third base on Frank Taveras’s bunt single. Taveras stole second and Cincinnati starter Paul Moskau struck out Steve Henderson. A walk to Mike Jorgensen loaded the bases and Stearns grounded out to first baseman Dan Driessen to drive home Mazzilli. Moskau then got Joel Youngblood on a ground ball to third baseman Ray Knight to end the inning.

Zachry and Moskau each pitched scoreless ball from the second inning to the fifth. Pat set down the Reds in order twice and recorded double plays in each of the next two innings. The Mets got two-out singles from Henderson and Youngblood in the third and fourth, respectively, and had two runners on base with two outs in the fifth. Moskau fanned Taveras for the third out of the inning. Zachry then retired Cincinnati 1-2-3 in the top of the sixth.

Henderson singled to begin the bottom of the sixth inning. Steve moved to second on Moskau’s balk and Jorgensen flied out to center fielder Collins. An ensuing double by Stearns scored Henderson for the Mets’ second run of the game. Moskau retired Youngblood and Elliott Maddox on outfield flies to end the inning. Zachry shut down the Reds without a hit in the top of the seventh. The Mets then failed to score despite singles by Doug Flynn and Jerry Morales in the bottom of the inning.

In the top of the eighth, Zachry set down the side in order for the fourth time in the game. Cincinnati reliever Doug Bair pitched a perfect bottom half. Dave Concepcion led off the top of the ninth inning with a single and went to second on Zachry’s wild pitch. Ken Griffey struck out and George Foster flied out to right fielder Youngblood. Pat then got Driessen to pop out to shortstop Taveras and end the game. The Mets had a victory to begin the weekend series on Zachry’s shutout pitching.

Notes

  • A new outfield wall made its debut at Shea on this night. The fence was repainted with its color changed from green to blue. Pennants of all the National League teams were added to the fence.