June 5, 1980: Jorgensen's Single in 9th Beats Cards

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Date: June 5, 1980
Mets starter: Craig Swan
Mets: 2
Cardinals: 1
Winning pitcher: Craig Swan
Key player(s): Craig Swan, Steve Henderson, Mike Jorgensen
Key play: Jorgensen’s single in 9th

The Mets and Cardinals faced each other on a Thursday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Mike Jorgensen singled to drive home the winning run in the ninth inning for a 2-1 Mets victory over St. Louis.

Craig Swan and the Cards’ Bob Sykes each pitched a perfect first inning. In the top of the second, George Hendrick hit a home run with two outs for a 1-0 Redbirds lead. Swan struck out Ken Reitz to end the inning and John Stearns tripled to lead off the bottom half. Steve Henderson grounded out to shortstop Garry Templeton to drive home Stearns with the tying run. Joel Youngblood singled and advanced to third base on a single by Alex Trevino. An ensuing line drive by Doug Flynn was caught by second baseman Mike Ramsey. Trevino was then caught by Ramsey’s throw to first baseman Dane Iorg that completed an inning-ending double play.

From the third inning to the seventh, Swan and Sykes allowed a combined total of five hits in pitching scoreless ball. Craig set down all three St. Louis batters in the top of the eighth and Cardinals’ reliever Roy Thomas issued a walk to Flynn to begin the bottom of the inning. Swan reached first base on a fielder’s choice ground ball. An ensuing bunt by Frank Taveras was fielded by third baseman Reitz, who threw to Templeton for an out at third on Flynn. Swan moved to third base on Elliott Maddox’s fly out to right fielder Hendrick and a walk to Lee Mazzilli loaded the bases. Thomas then got Stearns on a foul pop-up to Iorg to end the inning.

Swan shut down the Redbirds in the top of the ninth. Henderson singled against St. Louis reliever George Frazier to open the bottom half. Steve stole second base and Youngblood drew a walk. Trevino got a bunt single to load the bases. As a pinch-hitter for Flynn, Jorgensen delivered a single to center field that scored Henderson and ended the game. The Mets had a victory to close out the series.