June 27, 1980: Pacella and Hausman Stifle Phils

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Date: June 27, 1980
Mets starter: John Pacella
Mets: 3
Phillies: 2
Winning pitcher: John Pacella
Key player(s): John Pacella, Tom Hausman, Lee Mazzilli
Key play: Mazzili's inside-the-park home run, Hausman's relief

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Friday night in Philadelphia. The teams played the opener of a four-game series. John Pacella and Tom Hausman combined on a five-hitter in a 3-2 Mets win over the Phils.

Pacella and Philadelphia starter Steve Carlton each pitched three-hit scoreless ball from the first inning to the fifth. Leading off the top of the sixth, Lee Mazzilli hit an inside-the-park home run. Frank Taveras singled and Steve Henderson flied out to left fielder Greg Luzinski. John Stearns got a single and advanced to third base on Joel Youngblood's single that drove home Taveras. Alex Trevino followed with a sacrifice fly to score Stearns for a 3-0 Mets lead. Carlton retired Elliott Maddox on a fly ball to Luzinski to close out the inning. Pacella then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Carlton yielded only a single to Doug Flynn in the top of the seventh. Garry Maddox got an infield single against Pacella to begin the bottom half. Bob Boone slugged a two run homer for the Phils' fifth hit and pinch-hitter Greg Gross was hit by a pitch. Hausman came in to pitch for the Mets and retired the next three batters to finish off the inning. Henderson singled against Phillies' reliever Lerrin LaGrow to open the top of the eighth. Stearns was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Gross, who followed with a throw to first baseman Pete Rose for an out on Henderson and a double play. LaGrow retired Youngblood on an inning-ending grounder to shortstop John Vukovich. Hausman then hurled a perfect bottom half.

LaGrow gave up just a single to Elliott Maddox in the top of the ninth. Garry Maddox reached on shortstop Taveras's error to lead off the bottom of the inning. Boone followed with a double play grounder to Taveras. Hausman then retired Gross on a pop-up to Taveras for the game's final out. The Mets had a series-opening victory.