May 11, 1979: Kobel Leads Shutout Over Padres

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Date: May 11, 1979
Mets starter: Kevin Kobel
Mets: 4
Padres: 0
Winning pitcher: Kevin Kobel
Key player(s): Kevin Kobel, John Stearns, Steve Henderson
Key play: Stearns’ and Henderson’s home runs

The Mets played the Padres on a Friday night in San Diego. The teams faced each other in the opener of a three-game series. Kevin Kobel pitched eight shutout innings in leading the Mets to a 4-0 win.

Kobel and the Padres’ Steve Mura each pitched three innings of one-hit scoreless ball to start the game. Mura walked Steve Henderson to begin the top of the fourth. Ed Kranepool grounded out to first baseman Gene Tenace with Henderson reaching second on an error by shortstop Ozzie Smith. Joel Youngblood was retired on a grounder to third baseman Barry Evans and an ensuing home run by John Stearns gave the Mets a 2-0 lead. Doug Flynn flied out to center fielder Gene Richards to end the inning. The Padres then failed to score after loading the bases against Kobel in the bottom half.

From the fifth inning to the seventh, Kobel and Mura hurled three more scoreless innings. San Diego reliever Rollie Fingers walked Frank Taveras to open the top of the eighth. Taveras stole second base and came around to score on Richie Hebner’s ensuing single. Lee Mazzilli hit into a double play and Henderson homered for the Mets’ fourth run. Fingers retired Kranepool on a ground ball to second baseman Bill Almon for the third out of the inning. Kobel then shut down the Padres in the bottom half.

The Mets failed to score against Padres’ relievers John D’Acquisto and Bob Shirley in the top of the ninth inning. To start the bottom half, Mets’ reliever Skip Lockwood retired Tenace on a pop-up to second baseman Flynn. Pinch-hitter Mike Hargrove flied out to center fielder Mazzilli. Lockwood then struck out Bill Fahey to end the game. The Mets had a shutout victory to begin the weekend series.