July 31, 1979: Four-Hitter Buries Bucs

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Date: July 31, 1979
Mets starter: Tom Hausman
Mets: 2
Pirates: 1
Winning pitcher: Wayne Twitchell
Key player(s): Wayne Twitchell, Ed Glynn, Lee Mazzilli, Willie Montanez
Key play: Mazzilli’s run-scoring single, Montanez’s RBI ground out

The Mets faced the Pirates on a Tuesday night in Pittsburgh. The teams played the latter half of a two-game series. Three Mets pitchers teamed up for a four-hitter in a 2-1 win over the Bucs.

Lee Mazzilli and Willie Montanez got back-to-back singles against Pirates’ starter Bert Blyleven with two outs in the top of the first inning. Blyleven retired John Stearns on an inning-ending line drive to center fielder Omar Moreno, who singled against the Mets’ Tom Hausman to lead off the bottom half. Moreno stole second base and Tim Foli grounded out to shortstop Frank Taveras. Hausman then got Dave Parker to ground out to first baseman Montanez and threw a called third strike past Willie Stargell to finish off the inning.

Blyleven yielded only a double to Joel Youngblood in the top of the second. Hausman retired the side on three straight infield ground balls in the bottom half and Taveras drew a walk to lead off the top of the third. Richie Hebner singled and advanced to third base on Lee Mazzilli’s single that drove home Taveras. Montanez grounded out to second baseman Rennie Stennett to score Hebner for a 2-0 Mets lead. Stearns grounded out to shortstop Foli and consecutive walks to Ed Kranepool and Youngblood loaded the bases. Blyleven retired Doug Flynn on a foul pop-up to first baseman Stargell to close out the inning. Wayne Twitchell (in relief of an injured Hausman) then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Twitchell and Blyleven each pitched two-hit scoreless ball from the fourth inning to the sixth. Blyleven surrendered just a walk to Mazzilli in the top of the seventh and John Milner singled against Twitchell to lead off the bottom half. Bill Madlock and Ed Ott hit consecutive force play grounders and back-to-back walks to Stennett and pinch-hitter Lee Lacy loaded the bases. Moreno drew a walk against Mets’ reliever Ed Glynn to force home Ott with the Bucs’ first run of the game. Glynn then got Foli to hit a force play ground ball to Taveras for the inning’s final out.

Pittsburgh reliever Enrique Romo hurled a perfect top of the eighth. Stargell got hit by a pitch with one out in the bottom half. Milner grounded to Montanez for a force play and Madlock fouled out to right fielder Gil Flores to end the inning. Romo retired all three batters in the top of the ninth and pinch-hitter Phil Garner was retired on a fly ball to left fielder Youngblood to open the bottom of the inning. Glynn then got Stennett to line out to center fielder Mazzilli and retired pinch-hitter Manny Sanguillen on a grounder to second baseman Flynn to end the game. The Mets had a victory on a four-hitter comprised of three pitchers.


  • The win for Twitchell was the 48th and last of his major league career.