June 5, 1977: Mets Win on Wild Pitch in 10th

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Date: June 5, 1977
Mets starter: Jackson Todd
Mets: 6
Phillies: 5
Winning pitcher: Bob Apodaca
Key player(s): John Stearns, Lenny Randle
Key play: Stearns' home run, Randle's triple, Underwood's wild pitch

The Mets and Phillies faced each other in a doubleheader on a Sunday afternoon. In the opener of the twinbill at Shea Stadium, the Mets rebounded from a three-run deficit and the game went into extra innings. The Mets ended up with a 6-5 victory with a run in the bottom of the 10th.

Mets' starter Jackson Todd retired the Phils in order in the top of the first inning. Lenny Randle led off the bottom half with a single and stole second base. Randle advanced to third on Felix Millan's sacrifice bunt and scored on a single by John Milner. Phillies' starter Randy Lerch retired the next two batters to end the inning. The Phils tied the game at 1-1 on Bob Boone's home run off Todd in the top of the second and Lerch pitched a perfect bottom half.

In the top of the third, Larry Bowa led off with a single to center field. Lerch lined out to right fielder Mike Vail and a double by Garry Maddox scored Bowa from first base. Jay Johnstone followed with a single to bring home Maddox for a 3-1 Philadelphia lead. After throwing a wild pitch that moved Johnstone to second, Todd retired the next two batters on pop-ups to first baseman Milner. Lerch shut down the Mets in the bottom half and the Phils added a run on Ted Sizemore's double that scored Richie Hebner in the fourth. Mets' reliever Bob Myrick then recorded the final two outs of the inning.

After Myrick pitched a scoreless top of the fifth, Bud Harrelson doubled to begin the bottom of the inning. Harrelson stole third base and came home on an errant throw by catcher Boone. Lerch completed the inning with no further scoring and Rick Baldwin pitched a scoreless top of the sixth. The Mets were retired 1-2-3 by Lerch in the bottom half and Baldwin set down the Phils in order in the seventh.

John Stearns led off the bottom of the seventh inning with a home run. Lee Mazzilli followed with a double and Harrelson drew a walk. Against reliever Gene Garber, pinch-hitter Jerry Grote sacrificed to advance the runners to second and third. Randle hit a triple to score Mazzilli and Harrelson, putting the Mets ahead by a 5-4 score. Garber retired the next two batters and Bob Apodaca shut down the Phils in the top of the eighth. The Mets then failed to score in the bottom of the inning.

In the top of the ninth, Tim McCarver came up to pinch-hit for Garber with two outs. McCarver homered to tie the game at 5-5. Apodaca finished the inning with no more runs and Phillies' reliever Tom Underwood pitched a scoreless bottom half. Apodaca then held the Phils with out a run in the top of the 10th.

Milner singled with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning. Dave Kingman singled and went to second base on center fielder Maddox's throw to third. Manager Joe Torre (pinch-hitting for Bruce Boisclair) was walked intentionally to load the bases. With Stearns at bat, Underwood threw a pitch that got past Boone and allowed Milner to score from third. The Mets had an extra-inning win on a wild pitch.

Notes

  • Torre's pinch-hitting appearance in the 10th inning made him the first player-manager in Mets history.