July 30, 1980: Zachry Shuts Out Braves

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Date: July 30, 1980
Mets starter: Pat Zachry
Mets: 3
Braves: 0
Winning pitcher: Pat Zachry
Key player(s): Pat Zachry
Key play: Flynn's single, Jorgensen's single

The Mets faced the Atlanta Braves at Shea Stadium on a Wednesday afternoon. It was a pitcher's duel as Pat Zachry and Atlanta's Tommy Boggs held down each other's teams. In the end, Zachry and the Mets came away with a 3-0 victory.

The Mets got a run against Boggs in the second inning. Elliott Maddox doubled with two out and came around to score on a single by Doug Flynn. The 1-0 lead remained until the eighth, when Mike Jorgensen's single scored Claudell Washington with Steve Henderson also scoring on an error.

Entering the sixth inning, Zachry had held the Braves scoreless on three hits. Pat issued a leadoff walk to Dale Murphy and Chris Chambliss reached first base on Alex Trevino's catcher's interference. The scoring chance ended when Zachry got the next three Atlanta batters on fly ball outs.

Pat shut down the Braves in the final three innings. He pitched to ten batters, allowing only a single to Boggs in completing a four-hit shutout. It was Zachry's third shutout of the month, earning him the National League Pitcher of the Month Award for July.