July 29, 1979: Mets Blank Cubs in Rain-Shortened Game
|Date: July 29, 1979|
|Mets starter: Kevin Kobel|
|Winning pitcher: Kevin Kobel|
|Key player(s): Kevin Kobel, Lee Mazzilli, Richie Hebner|
|Key play: Mazzilli’s single and triple, Hebner’s home run|
The Mets faced the Cubs on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The game was shortened to seven innings due to rain. The result was a 4-0 Mets win over Chicago.
Mets’ starter Kevin Kobel retired the side in order in the first and second innings. For the Cubs, starter Dennis Lamp pitched a pair of scoreless bottom halves. Kobel hurled a perfect top of the third and Doug Flynn singled to lead off the bottom of the inning. Kobel’s sacrifice bunt advanced Flynn to second base and Joel Youngblood reached on an error by third baseman Steve Ontiveros. With Frank Taveras at bat, Youngblood was caught by Lamp’s pickoff throw to first baseman Bill Buckner. Taveras got an infield single and Lee Mazzilli singled to drive home Flynn. Lamp then got Richie Hebner on a ground ball to second baseman Ted Sizemore for the inning’s third out.
Kobel gave up just a single to Buckner in the top of the fourth. Lamp shut down the Mets in the bottom half and Kevin retired all three Chicago batters in the top of the fifth. Mazzilli drew a two-out walk in the bottom of the inning. Hebner followed with a home run to increase the Mets’ lead to 3-0. Lamp retired Willie Montanez on a ground ball to shortstop Ivan DeJesus that closed out the inning and Kobel yielded only a single to Sizemore in the top of the sixth. Cubs’ reliever Donnie Moore then gave up just a single to Steve Henderson in the bottom half.
Mets’ reliever Ed Glynn surrendered only a walk to Mike Vail in the top of the seventh. Taveras singled against Moore to open the bottom of the inning. Mazzilli hit a triple that brought home Taveras with the Mets’ fourth run. Willie Hernandez came in to pitch for the Cubs, but didn’t get the chance due to rain that halted the game and ended it.