May 14, 1980: Mets Defeat Reds in 10 Innings

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Date: May 14, 1980
Mets starter: Craig Swan
Mets: 7
Reds: 6
Winning pitcher: Jeff Reardon
Key player(s): Lee Mazzilli, Harry Spilman, Jerry Morales
Key play: Mazzilli’s double, Spilman’s home run, Morales’s single

The Mets faced the Reds on a Wednesday afternoon in Cincinnati. The teams played the latter half of a two-game series at Riverfront Stadium. After squandering a four-run lead in the ninth inning, the Mets scored in the 10th for a 7-6 win.

Following a scoreless first inning, Steve Henderson hit a one-out triple against Reds’ starter Charlie Leibrandt in the top of the second. Dan Norman followed with a triple to bring home Henderson for a 1-0 Mets lead. Leibrandt retired the next two batters to close out the inning and the Mets’ Craig Swan pitched a perfect bottom half. The Mets had runners at first and second base with two outs in the top of the third. Leibrandt then got Joel Youngblood on a pop-up to second baseman Junior Kennedy for the inning’s final out.

Kennedy hit a leadoff double and moved to third base on Leibrandt’s sacrifice bunt in the bottom of the third inning. Dave Collins singled to drive home Kennedy and tie the game. Ken Griffey popped out to second baseman Doug Flynn and a single by Dave Concepcion advanced Collins to third. With George Foster at bat, Swan committed a balk that brought home Collins and put the Reds ahead by a run. Craig struck out Foster to end the inning and Leibrandt hurled a scoreless top of the fourth. Swan then set down all three Cincinnati hitters in the bottom half.

Frank Taveras got a bunt single to lead off the top of the fifth inning. An ensuing single by Elliott Maddox sent Taveras to third base. Lee Mazzilli doubled to drive home Taveras and Maddox, giving the Mets a 3-2 lead. With John Stearns at the plate, Mazzilli was caught stealing on a throw by catcher Johnny Bench to third baseman Ray Knight. Leibrandt retired Stearns on a fly ball to center fielder Collins and got Youngblood on a line drive to Kennedy for the third out of the inning. Swan then held the Reds to a double by Collins in a scoreless bottom half.

Henderson hit a single to open the top of the sixth. Norman singled to send Henderson to third base and Leibrandt was replaced on the mound by Cincinnati reliever Mario Soto. A wild pitch by Soto scored Henderson and moved Norman to second. Norman went to third on Flynn’s fly out to Collins and scored the Mets’ fifth run on Swan’s sacrifice bunt. Soto got Taveras on an inning-ending pop-up to Kennedy. Swan then retired the Reds in order in the bottom half.

Swan and Soto each pitched scoreless ball in the seventh and eighth innings. Flynn singled against Cincinnati reliever Doug Bair to open the top of the ninth. A sacrifice bunt by Swan moved Flynn to second base and Taveras was struck out. Maddox hit a single to score Flynn and increase the Mets’ lead to 6-2. Bair then retired Mazzilli on a grounder to first baseman Dan Driessen to end the inning.

Driessen doubled to lead off the bottom of the ninth. Bench lined out to left fielder Henderson and single by Knight brought home Driessen. Swan was replaced on the mound by Mets’ reliever Jeff Reardon, who issued a walk to Kennedy. Harry Spilman came up to pinch-hit for Bair and slugged a three-run homer that tied the game. Collins grounded out to first baseman Mazzilli. Reardon then retired Griffey on a pop-up to Flynn for the inning’s third out.

Stearns hit a double against Reds’ reliever Tom Hume to begin the top of the 10th. Youngblood went down on strikes and Henderson lined out to shortstop Concepcion. Jerry Morales followed with a single to score Stearns and reclaim a one-run lead for the Mets. With Flynn at bat, Morales was caught stealing on Bench’s throw to Concepcion to end the inning.

Concepcion grounded out to shortstop Taveras to start the bottom of the 10th. Foster flied out to right fielder Youngblood. Reardon then got Driessen to pop out to catcher Stearns and end the game. The Mets had come away with an extra-inning victory.