June 28, 1980: Mets Come Back to Sweep Phils

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Date: June 28, 1980
Mets starter: Mark Bomback
Mets: 5
Phillies: 4
Winning pitcher: Tom Hausman
Key player(s): Alex Trevino, Steve Henderson, Joel Youngblood
Key play: Youngblood’s triple, Trevino’s single, Henderson’s single

The Mets and Phillies faced each other in a doubleheader on a Saturday in Philadelphia. After winning the opener of the twinbill, the Mets aimed for a sweep in the second game. Three runs in the final two innings lifted the Mets to a 5-4 win over the Phils.

Mark Bomback and the Phillies’ Dan Larson each started the game with three scoreless innings pitched. Claudell Washington drew a walk to open the top of the fourth. With Joel Youngblood at bat, Washington stole second base and advanced to third on an error by catcher Keith Moreland. Youngblood flied out to center fielder Garry Maddox. Steve Henderson grounded out to shortstop Ramon Aviles and a walk to Ron Hodges ensued. Larson then retired Alex Trevino on a line drive to left fielder Greg Luzinski to close out the inning.

Garry Maddox singled to lead off the bottom of the fourth. Moreland hit a single to send Garry Maddox to third base and advanced to second on a throw. A sacrifice fly by Aviles scored Garry Maddox with the first run of the game and moved Moreland to third. John Vukovich followed with a ground ball on which Bomback threw to catcher Hodges for an out at home on Moreland. Larson grounded back to Bomback for the final out of the inning. The Mets were then set down in order by Larson in the top of the fifth.

Pete Rose hit a double to begin the bottom of the fifth inning. Manny Trillo grounded out to shortstop Frank Taveras and a double by Greg Gross drove home Rose. Luzinski went down on strikes and Garry Maddox tripled to score Gross for a 3-0 Philadelphia lead. Bomback was then replaced on the mound by Mets’ reliever Pete Falcone, who retired Moreland on a foul pop-up to first baseman Lee Mazzilli to finish off the inning.

Taveras singled to open the top of the sixth. Washington was struck out and Youngblood hit a triple to score Taveras with the Mets’ first run. Henderson grounded out to second baseman Trillo to drive home Youngblood and cut the Phillies’ lead to 3-2. Larson got Hodges on an inning-ending ground ball to Trillo and hit a two-out single in the bottom half. An ensuing walk to Rose advanced Larson to second base. Trillo then hit a single on which Larson was out at home via a throw by center fielder Youngblood to Hodges that ended the inning.

Larson and Phils’ reliever Lerrin LaGrow combined to pitch a scoreless top of the seventh. To begin the bottom half, pinch-hitter Lonnie Smith singled against the Mets’ Ed Glynn. Smith stole second base and went to third on Hodges’ throwing error. Luzinski drew a walk and advanced to third on Garry Maddox’s double that scored Smith. Moreland flied out to Youngblood and an intentional walk to Aviles loaded the bases. Glynn then retired Vukovich on a fly ball to Youngblood and got pinch-hitter Bob Boone to hit a force play grounder to third baseman Trevino that closed out the inning.

Youngblood singled against Philadelphia’s Ron Reed with one out in the top of the eighth. Henderson and Hodges drew back-to-back walks to load the bases. Trevino followed with a single to drive home Youngblood and Henderson, tying the game at 4-4. Kevin Saucier came in to pitch for the Phillies and got Doug Flynn to fly out to right fielder Smith. Saucier followed up by retiring pinch-hitter Elliott Maddox on a ground ball to third baseman Vukovich to end the inning. Mets’ reliever Tom Hausman then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Mazzilli drew a leadoff walk in the top of the ninth. Taveras reached second base on an error by Saucier and a strikeout of Washington ensued. Youngblood was walked intentionally to load the bases. Henderson singled to score Mazzilli and give the Mets a one-run lead. Pinch-hitter Jose Cardenal popped out to Aviles. Saucier then got Trevino on a force play grounder to Vukovich for the inning’s final out.

Mets’ reliever Neil Allen retired Luzinski on a fly ball to left fielder Henderson to begin the bottom of the ninth inning. Garry Maddox fouled out to Mazzilli. Allen then threw a called third strike past Moreland to end the game. The Mets had a sweep of the doubleheader.