June 9, 1982: Comeback in 9th Beats Bucs
|Date: June 9, 1982|
|Mets starter: Charlie Puleo|
|Winning pitcher: Neil Allen|
|Key player(s): Dave Kingman, George Foster, Hubie Brooks|
|Key play: Kingman’s homer, Foster’s single, Brooks’ grounder in 9th|
The Mets faced the Pirates on a Wednesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning for a 3-2 win over Pittsburgh.
To lead off the top of the first inning, Omar Moreno singled and advanced to second base on an error by left fielder George Foster. Moreno moved to third on Johnny Ray’s fly out to center fielder Mookie Wilson. Bill Madlock hit a single to score Moreno for a 1-0 Pirates lead. Jason Thompson went down on strikes and Mike Easler doubled to send Madlock to third. Mets’ starter Charlie Puleo retired Tony Pena on an inning-ending line drive to first baseman Dave Kingman. For the Bucs, Rick Rhoden yielded only a single to Bob Bailor in the bottom half.
Puleo and Rhoden each pitched scoreless ball from the second inning to the fourth. Dale Berra hit a double to begin the top of the fifth. Berra moved to third base and Rhoden’s sacrifice bunt and scored on a sacrifice fly by Moreno. Ray doubled and Madlock flied out to Wilson to end the inning. Rhoden held the Mets to a single by Hubie Brooks in the bottom half and Puleo shut down the Pirates in the top of the sixth. With two outs in the bottom of the inning, Kingman homered to cut the Pittsburgh lead to 2-1. Rhoden then fanned Foster for the third out.
The Pirates failed to score after loading the bases in the top of the seventh. Rhoden hurled a perfect bottom half and Puleo limited the Bucs to a single by Lee Lacy in the top of the eighth. Pittsburgh reliever Rod Scurry set down the Mets in order in the bottom of the inning. For New York, reliever Neil Allen retired all three batters in the top of the ninth.
Bailor singled against Scurry to open the bottom of the ninth inning. Facing the Pirates’ Kent Tekulve, Kingman reached on an error by third baseman Madlock. Bailor advanced from second to third base on second baseman Ray’s error via a pickoff play. Foster hit a single that scored Bailor with the tying run and sent pinch-runner Rusty Tillman to third. John Stearns grounded out to Ray and an intentional walk to Joel Youngblood loaded the bases. Brooks then hit an infield ground ball to drive home Tillman and end the game. The Mets had a come-from-behind victory to close out the series.