July 4, 1978: Zachry's Two-Hitter, Mazzilli's Grand Slam
|Date: July 4, 1978|
|Mets starter: Pat Zachry|
|Winning pitcher: Pat Zachry|
|Key player(s): Pat Zachry, Lee Mazzilli|
|Key play: Mazzilli's grand slam in 8th|
In the first game of an Independence Day doubleheader, the Mets and Phillies were involved in a scoreless battle at Shea Stadium. Pat Zachry and the Phils' Larry Christenson dueled to a standstill for seven innings. The game was decided when Lee Mazzilli hit a grand slam in the bottom of the eighth for a 4-0 Mets' victory.
Zachry dominated the strong Philadelphia lineup. Over the first six innings, he faced the minimum 18 batters and didn't allow any hits. A two-out single by Garry Maddox in the seventh ended Pat's bid for a no-hitter. Christenson was just as effective, allowing only three hits through seven innings while keeping the Mets shut out.
In the top of the eighth, Zachry retired the Phils in order again. In the bottom of the inning, Doug Flynn singled with one out. After Zachry's sacrifice bunt moved Flynn to second, Lenny Randle was given an intentional walk. Tim Foli also walked to load the bases for Mazzilli. Lee hit a pitch from Christenson over the right field fence for a grand slam and a four-run Mets lead.
In the ninth, Ted Sizemore got a leadoff single for the Phils' second hit off Zachry. Pat retired the next three batters to complete a two-hit shutout win in which he faced only 29 batters.
- Mazzilli's grand slam was the only one he hit in his career