May 11, 1982: Puleo Shuts Out Padres

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Date: May 11, 1982
Mets starter: Charlie Puleo
Mets: 6
Padres: 0
Winning pitcher: Charlie Puleo
Key player(s): Charlie Puleo, Dave Kingman, Joel Youngblood
Key play: Kingman's double in 1st & home run in 5th

The Mets and Padres faced each other on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. Coming off a pair of dramatic ninth-innings victories, the Mets aimed for three wins in a row. Charlie Puleo pitched a four-hit shutout and Dave Kingman drove in four runs to lead the Mets to a 6-0 triumph over San Diego.

Puleo retired the Padres in order in the top of the first inning. In the bottom half, John Stearns got a one-out single and advanced to third base on Joel Youngblood's ensuing double. Kingman followed with another double to score Stearns and Youngblood for a 2-0 Mets lead. An infield ground out by Gary Rajsich moved Kingman to third and San Diego starter Juan Eichelberger hit Hubie Brooks with a pitch. An ensuing walk to Wally Backman loaded the bases. Kingman came home on Eichelberger's wild pitch for the Mets' third run. Ron Gardenhire then flied out to center fielder Ruppert Jones to end the inning.

Over the next three innings, Puleo and Eichelberger each pitched scoreless ball. Charlie allowed leadoff singles to Sixto Lezcano in the second and Mario Ramirez in the third, but no other Padre hits. Meanwhile, Eichelberger set down all Mets batters except for a leadoff single by Brooks in the fourth. Puleo then pitched a perfect top of the fifth inning.

Mookie Wilson singled and went to second base on Eichelberger's balk to begin the bottom of the fifth. Stearns grounded out to second baseman Juan Bonilla to advance Wilson to third. A single by Youngblood scored Mookie to extend the Mets' lead to 4-0. Kingman followed with a homer for two more New York runs. Eichelberger then retired the next two batters to close out the inning.

Puleo and San Diego reliever Luis DeLeon each set down the side in order in the sixth. In the top of the seventh, Jones led off with a single and Puleo retired the next three batters. DeLeon pitched a perfect bottom half and Charlie retired the Padres 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth. The Mets were put down in order by DeLeon once again in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Alan Wiggins led off the top of the ninth with a single to right field. Puleo threw a called third strike past pinch-hitter Joe Lefebvre and retired Jones on a fly ball to left fielder Ellis Valentine. Charlie then got Lezcano on a foul pop-up to third baseman Brooks to end the game. The Mets had their third consecutive victory on Puleo's first career shutout.