May 24, 1979: Mets Beat Cubs for DH Split
|Date: May 24, 1979|
|Mets starter: Pat Zachry|
|Winning pitcher: Pat Zachry|
|Key player(s): Willie Montanez, Steve Henderson, Ron Hodges|
|Key play: Montanez’s and Henderson’s RBI singles, Hodges’ sacrifice fly|
The Mets faced the Cubs in a doubleheader on a Thursday evening. After dropping the opener of the twinbill at Shea Stadium, the Mets aimed for a split in the nightcap. The Mets came away with a 4-2 win over Chicago.
After two scoreless innings, Mets’ starter Pat Zachry surrendered only a walk to Tim Blackwell in the top of the third. Joel Youngblood singled against the Cubs’ Mike Krukow to lead off the bottom half. Frank Taveras’s sacrifice bunt advanced Youngblood to second base and Lee Mazzilli drew a walk. Richie Hebner reached on second baseman Ted Sizemore’s error that allowed Youngblood to come home and Mazzilli to move to third. Willie Montanez singled to drive home Mazzilli for a 2-0 Mets lead. Steve Henderson fouled out to first baseman Bill Buckner and an intentional walk to Ron Hodges loaded the bases. Krukow then retired Doug Flynn on a ground ball to Buckner that ended the inning.
Dave Kingman slugged a solo home run with one out in the top of the fourth. Bobby Murcer popped out to second baseman Flynn and a fly ball by Jerry Martin was caught by right fielder Youngblood to finish off the inning. Krukow pitched a perfect bottom half and Steve Ontiveros was hit by a pitch to open the top of the fifth. Blackwell flied out to center fielder Mazzilli and a sacrifice bunt by Krukow advanced Ontiveros to second base. Ivan DeJesus drew a walk and Sizemore doubled to drive home Ontiveros, tying the game at 2-2. Zachry then got Buckner to pop out to first baseman Montanez and end the inning.
Mazzilli singled to lead off the bottom of the fifth. Lee stole second base and moved to third on Hebner’s ground out to Buckner. Montanez drew a walk and went to third on Henderson’s single that scored Mazzilli for a 3-2 lead. Henderson stole second and Hodges hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Montanez with the Mets’ fourth run of the game. Flynn was walked intentionally and Zachry hit a force play ground ball to Sizemore for the inning’s final out.
Zachry retired the side in order in the top of the sixth. Krukow yielded only a double to Mazzilli in the bottom half and Zachry gave up just a single to Ontiveros in the top of the seventh. Chicago reliever Dick Tidrow pitched a scoreless bottom of the inning and Buckner singled against the Mets’ Skip Lockwood with one out in the top of the eighth. Pinch-hitter Scot Thompson got a bunt single and Murcer grounded to shortstop Taveras for an inning-ending double play. Tidrow then hurled a perfect bottom half.
Martin reached on an error by Flynn to open the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Mike Vail went down on strikes. Lockwood threw a called third strike past Blackwell and fanned pinch-hitter Barry Foote to end the game. The Mets had a victory and a split of the doubleheader.