May 19, 1978: Late Rally Beats Phils

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Date: May 19, 1978
Mets starter: Craig Swan
Mets: 4
Phillies: 3
Winning pitcher: Skip Lockwood
Key player(s): Lee Mazzilli, Willie Montanez, Bruce Boisclair
Key play: Mazzilli’s two-run single, Boisclair’s double, Montanez’s single in 9th

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a three-game weekend series. The Mets scored four runs in the final two innings for a 4-3 win over Philadelphia.

Craig Swan and the Phils’ Jim Kaat each pitched scoreless ball from the first inning to the fifth. In the top of the sixth, Bud Harrelson led off with an infield single and Kaat fouled out to third baseman Lenny Randle. McBride was hit by a pitch and a single by Larry Bowa scored Harrelson for a 1-0 Philadelphia lead. After center fielder Lee Mazzilli’s throw to the plate on the hit, McBride was out at third base via a throw by catcher John Stearns to Randle. Swan retired Mike Schmidt on a fly ball to Mazzilli to end the inning. With one out in the bottom half, Joel Youngblood and Steve Henderson got back-to-back singles. Kaat then got Willie Montanez to hit a ground ball to second baseman Harrelson for an inning-ending double play.

Swan and Kaat each hurled a scoreless seventh. Leading off the top of the eighth, Bob Boone homered against Mets’ reliever Skip Lockwood. Harrelson was called out on strikes and pinch-hitter Richie Hebner singled to right field. McBride singled and Hebner advanced to third base on an error by right fielder Tom Grieve. An infield single by Bowa plated Hebner with the Phils’ third run as McBride went to third on Lockwood’s error. Bowa stole second and Schmidt was walked intentionally to load the bases. Lockwood then got Greg Luzinski on a grounder to Randle for a double play that ended the inning.

Youngblood doubled against Phillies’ reliever Tug McGraw with one out in the bottom of the eighth. Henderson singled to send Youngblood to third base. Montanez hit a force play ground ball to Harrelson on which Youngblood scored the Mets’ first run of the game. Grieve drew a walk and Stearns reached on an error by third baseman Schmidt to load the bases. A single by Mazzilli brought home Montanez and pinch-runner Sergio Ferrer to tie the game at 3-3. McGraw then struck out Doug Flynn to end the inning.

Lockwood set down the Phillies in order in the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Bruce Boisclair hit a double to lead off the bottom half. Randle got a bunt single to move Boisclair to third base and Youngblood hit a force play grounder to shortstop Bowa. McGraw issued an intentional walk to Henderson that loaded the bases. Montanez then delivered a single to center field to drive home Boisclair and end the game. The Mets had a comeback victory over the National League East Division leaders to start the series.