June 25, 1980: Mets Pummel Cubs With 17 Hits

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Date: June 25, 1980
Mets starter: Pat Zachry
Mets: 9
Cubs: 1
Winning pitcher: Pat Zachry
Key player(s): Claudell Washington, Joel Youngblood, Frank Taveras, Elliott Maddox
Key play: Washington’s and Youngblood’s doubles in 1st

The Mets and Cubs faced each other in a doubleheader on a Wednesday afternoon in Chicago. The teams played a two-hour and thirty-three-minute opener of the twinbill at Wrigley Field. The Mets collected seventeen hits in a 9-1 win.

Frank Taveras singled against Cubs’ starter Mike Krukow with one out in the top of the first inning. Claudell Washington hit a double to drive home Taveras and came around to score on a double by Joel Youngblood. John Stearns grounded out to third baseman Lenny Randle and a foul pop-up by Jose Cardenal was caught by Randle for the third out. Ivan DeJesus got a single against the Mets’ Pat Zachry to open the bottom half. DeJesus advanced to second base on Randle’s ground out to Zachry and to third on Bill Buckner’s ground out to first baseman Cardenal. A wild pitch brought home DeJesus and cut the Mets’ lead to 2-1. Zachry then got Jerry Martin to pop out to shortstop Taveras and finish off the inning.

Elliott Maddox hit a double to lead off the top of the second. Maddox moved to third base on Doug Flynn’s ground out to Randle and scored on Zachry’s sacrifice fly. Lee Mazzilli flied out to center fielder Martin to end the inning and Zachry pitched a scoreless bottom half. To begin the top of the third, Taveras singled and advanced to third on a single by Washington. Claudell stole second and Youngblood drew a walk to load the bases. Stearns hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Taveras and a single by Cardenal plated Washington. Maddox followed with a double that scored Youngblood and Cardenal, increasing the Mets’ lead to 7-1. With Flynn at bat against Chicago reliever Willie Hernandez, Maddox was caught by catcher Tim Blackwell’s pickoff throw and tagged out by Randle. Flynn reached on an error by Randle and a called third strike was thrown past Zachry to close out the inning. Pat then shut down the Cubs in the bottom half.

Hernandez yielded four hits in pitching scoreless ball from the fourth inning to the sixth. Zachry responded with three scoreless bottom halves and Youngblood doubled to open the top of the seventh. Stearns drew a walk and Youngblood went to third base after Cardenal’s fly out to Martin. Maddox popped out to second baseman Mike Tyson and a single by Flynn drove home Youngblood. Hernandez got Zachry to hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Mick Kelleher that ended the inning. Pat then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

With one out in the top of the eighth, Taveras singled and moved to second on an error by Cubs’ reliever George Riley. Washington grounded out to Riley and a walk to Youngblood ensued. Stearns hit a single to score Taveras with the Mets’ ninth run of the game. Riley threw a called third strike past Cardenal for the inning’s third out and Zachry set down the side in order in the bottom half. Riley then gave up just a single to Alex Trevino (the seventeenth New York hit) in the top of the ninth.

Scot Thompson popped out to Taveras to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning. Blackwell was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Youngblood. Zachry then got Tyson to fly out to Youngblood and end the game. The Mets had a solid victory to start the doubleheader.