June 14, 1980: Henderson's Homer Stuns Giants
|Date: June 14, 1980|
|Mets starter: Pete Falcone|
|Winning pitcher: Jeff Reardon|
|Key player(s): Steve Henderson|
|Key play: Henderson's homer in 9th|
The Mets and Giants played on a Saturday night at Shea Stadium. The Giants had the lead from the first inning until the ninth. The Mets then pulled out a shocking 7-6 victory that was capped by Steve Henderson's three-run homer on the game's last pitch.
Mets' starter Pete Falcone got tagged with four runs in the top of the first. Darrell Evans singled and Jack Clark walked before Jim Wohlford's single drove home Evans. Rennie Stennett then hit a three-run homer to increase the San Francisco lead. Falcone was done for the night after Larry Herndon singled to score Mike Sadek in the second inning.
The Giants made the score 6-0 when Sadek singled to score Rich Murray in the fifth against Mark Bomback. The Mets got their first run in the sixth on Claudell Washington's sacrifice fly to score Doug Flynn. In the eighth, Henderson's single brought home Lee Mazzilli with the second New York run. San Francisco starter John Montefusco was replaced by Greg Minton, who struck out John Stearns with the bases loaded to end the inning.
In the ninth, Flynn was on second base with two out when Mazzilli came to bat. Lee singled to center field, scoring Flynn. Frank Taveras walked and Washington singled to score Mazzilli. The score was 6-4 as Allen Ripley came in to replace Minton on the mound for the Giants.
Henderson came up to bat against Ripley. Steve hit a long fly ball that landed over the right field fence. The Mets had won the ball game on Henderson's first home run of the year. The crowd at Shea cheered loudly as the Mets' players greeted Steve trotting into home and the Giants left the field in disbelief.