June 17 and August 27, 1979: Trevino's Single in 9th Beats Braves

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Date: June 17 and August 27, 1979
Mets starter: Pete Falcone
Mets: 2
Braves: 1
Winning pitcher: Jeff Reardon
Key player(s): Alex Trevino, Lee Mazzilli
Key play: Trevino's RBI single

The Mets faced the Braves on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. With the Mets having a scheduled flight to Houston early that evening, a predetermined stopping time applied to the game. After eight innings and two rain delays, it had to be halted so that the Mets could leave on time. The Mets won the game over two months later by a 2-1 score.

Pete Falcone and Atlanta's Tony Brizzolara each pitched scoreless ball for the first three innings. The teams got a combined total of five hits against the starting pitchers. In the top of the fourth, the Braves got leadoff singles from Jeff Burroughs and Barry Bonnell before Falcone retired the next three batters. The Mets then took a 1-0 lead on John Stearns' bunt single that scored Lee Mazzilli with two outs in the bottom of the inning.

Gary Matthews homered off Falcone in the top of the fifth to tie the game for Atlanta. Braves' reliever Joey McLaughlin retired the Mets in order in the bottom half. From the sixth inning to the eighth, Wayne Twitchell allowed only a single to Burroughs while pitching scoreless relief for the Mets. McLaughlin and Gene Garber then teamed up to shut down the Mets and keep the game tied until the game's curfew time at the end of the eighth inning.

On August 27, the game resumed. Jeff Reardon (who was still in the minor leagues when the game started) came in to pitch the top of the ninth. After giving up a leadoff single to Dale Murphy, Reardon recorded outs on the next three batters for a scoreless inning. Mazzilli led off the bottom half with a single off Garber and went to second base on Richie Hebner's ground out. Lee stole third and came home on Alex Trevino's single to end the game. The Mets had a victory that took more than ten weeks to complete.

Notes

  • The win for Reardon was the first of his major league career. Since the official date for the game was June 17, Jeff got credit for a win of a major league game that was played while he was in the minors.