July 9, 1982: Mets Come Back for DH Split

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Date: July 9, 1982
Mets starter: Ed Lynch
Mets: 6
Padres: 3
Winning pitcher: Pat Zachry
Key player(s): George Foster, Dave Kingman, Pat Zachry
Key play: Foster’s and Kingman’s home runs

The Mets faced the Padres in a doubleheader on a Friday evening. After dropping the opener of the twinbill at Shea Stadium, the Mets looked for a split in the nightcap. Coming from behind, the Mets emerged with a 6-3 win over San Diego.

Ed Lynch and the Padres’ Juan Eichelberger each started the game with four scoreless innings pitched. Tim Flannery singled with one out in the top of the fifth. Eichelberger flied out to center fielder Joel Youngblood and a single by Alan Wiggins advanced Flannery to third base. Gene Richards hit a single to drive home Flannery. On the play, left fielder George Foster made an error that allowed Wiggins to score and Richards to move to second. Garry Templeton singled to plate Richards for a 3-0 San Diego lead. Lynch then got Ruppert Jones to ground out to first baseman Dave Kingman and end the inning.

Ron Hodges drew a walk against Eichelberger with one out in the bottom of the fifth. Phil Mankowski singled to send Hodges to third base and advanced to second on center fielder Jones’ error. Ron Gardenhire went down on strikes and pinch-hitter Mike Jorgensen walked to load the bases. Wally Backman drew a walk to force home Hodges with the Mets’ first run of the game. Padres’ reliever Dave Dravecky then retired Rusty Staub on a ground ball to second baseman Flannery to close out the inning.

Mets’ reliever Pat Zachry hurled a perfect top of the sixth. Leading off the bottom half, Foster hit a home run against San Diego’s Eric Show. Kingman flied out to right fielder Wiggins and a double by Youngblood followed. Padres’ reliever Gary Lucas issued a walk to Hodges and struck out pinch-hitter Ellis Valentine. Gardenhire grounded back to Lucas for the inning’s third out. Zachry then set down the side in order in the top of the seventh.

Pinch-hitter John Stearns singled against Lucas to open the bottom of the seventh. Backman drew a walk and Staub’s sacrifice bunt advanced the runners to second and third base. San Diego reliever Luis DeLeon retired Foster on a grounder to shortstop Templeton that brought home Stearns with the tying run. Kingman followed with a two-run homer to put the Mets ahead, 5-3. DeLeon then got Youngblood to pop out to Flannery and finish off the inning.

Mets’ reliever Neil Allen retired all three batters in the top of the eighth. Valentine reached on an error by Flannery with one out in the bottom half. Gardenhire grounded out to third baseman Luis Salazar. Mookie Wilson hit a triple to drive home Valentine with the Mets’ sixth run. Backman then grounded back to DeLeon for the final out of the inning.

Terry Kennedy went down on strikes to begin the top of the ninth. Broderick Perkins followed with a single to right field. Allen got Salazar to hit a ground ball to second baseman Youngblood (who had shifted from center) for a game-ending double play. The Mets had a victory for a split of the doubleheader and an end to a seven-game losing streak.