June 16, 1979: Kobel and Flynn Stifle Braves

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Date: June 16, 1979
Mets starter: Kevin Kobel
Mets: 2
Braves: 0
Winning pitcher: Kevin Kobel
Key player(s): Kevin Kobel, Doug Flynn
Key play: Flynn's home run in 6th

The Mets took on the Braves on a Saturday night. The teams faced each other on Fireworks Night at Shea Stadium. Kevin Kobel pitched a three-hit shutout and Doug Flynn hit a home run to lead the Mets to a 2-0 win over Atlanta.

Through the first five innings of the game, Kobel held the Braves scoreless on two hits. He gave up a one-out triple to Barry Bonnell in the top of the second and single to Pepe Frias with one out in the top of the fifth. Meanwhile, Atlanta starter Mickey Mahler faced the minimum 15 batters in shutting down the Mets without a hit. Kobel then set down the Braves with a perfect top of the sixth inning.

In the bottom of the sixth, Steve Henderson led off with a ground out to shortstop Frias. Flynn followed with a home run to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. Mahler retired Kobel and Joel Youngblood to close out the inning. Kevin pitched a scoreless top of the seventh despite a one-out single by Bonnell. In the bottom half, Richie Hebner got a two-out double and John Stearns was walked intentionally. Mahler then got Willie Montanez on a fly ball to left fielder Jeff Burroughs for the third out.

Kobel set down all three Atlanta hitters in the top of the eighth inning. Flynn singled off Braves' reliever Bo McLaughlin with one out in the bottom half. Kobel reached first base on a fielder's choice grounder and Lenny Randle hit a single that brought home Flynn. An ensuing single by Frank Taveras loaded the bases for the Mets. Atlanta's Craig Skok then came in to pitch and retired the next two batters to end the inning.

To begin top of the ninth, Kobel got Gary Matthews to ground out to shortstop Taveras. He followed up by retiring Bob Horner on a grounder to third baseman Hebner. Kevin then set down Burroughs on a ground ball to Taveras for the final out of the game. The Mets had a victory on Kobel's shutout pitching and Flynn's homer.