May 27, 1980: Mets Beat Cardinals With 14 Hits

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Date: May 27, 1980
Mets starter: Mark Bomback
Mets: 9
Cardinals: 5
Winning pitcher: Mark Bomback
Key player(s): Mark Bomback, John Stearns, Steve Henderson, Jerry Morales
Key play: Cardinals’ errors, Morales’s and Bomback’s doubles, Henderson’s triple

The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Tuesday night in St. Louis. The teams played the second of three games in a series. The Mets collected a total of fourteen hits in a 9-5 win.

After a scoreless first inning, Mike Jorgensen singled against Cards’ starter Silvio Martinez to begin the top of the second. John Stearns reached on a two-base error by second baseman Mike Ramsey. A sacrifice fly by Steve Henderson brought home Jorgensen from third with the first run of the game. Jerry Morales doubled to score Stearns and a fly ball by Doug Flynn was caught by left fielder Ted Simmons. Martinez then hit Mark Bomback with a pitch and got Frank Taveras on a force play ground ball to shortstop Garry Templeton that ended the inning.

Leading off the bottom of the second, Terry Kennedy homered against Mets’ starter Bomback. George Hendrick grounded out to third baseman Elliott Maddox and a double by Ken Reitz ensued. Bomback set down the next two Redbird batters to end the inning and Maddox hit a double to open the top of the third. Lee Mazzilli drew a walk and Jorgensen grounded to Ramsey for a double play. Stearns reached on an error by Templeton that allowed Maddox to come home from third base. Henderson followed with a triple to score Stearns for a 4-1 Mets lead. Martinez got Morales to ground out to third baseman Reitz and finish off the inning. Bomback then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Flynn singled to lead off the top of the fourth. Doug advanced to second base on Bomback’s sacrifice bunt and to third on Taveras’s ground out to Ramsey. Maddox singled to drive home Flynn and stole second. Mazzilli grounded out to Ramsey to end the inning and Bomback set down the Cardinals in order in the bottom half. To open the top of the fifth, Jorgensen and Stearns got back-to-back singles against Martinez. Henderson hit a force play grounder to Templeton and stole second. Morales hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Jorgensen and an intentional walk to Flynn followed. Bomback doubled to score Henderson and Flynn, increasing the Mets’ lead to 8-1. St. Louis reliever Jim Otten walked both Taveras and Maddox to load the bases and retired Mazzilli on a fly ball to center fielder Hendrick that closed out the inning. Bomback then yielded just a single to Ramsey in the bottom half.

Cardinals’ reliever Roy Thomas gave up only a single to Stearns in the top of the sixth. Bomback hurled a scoreless bottom of the inning and Morales singled to begin the top of the seventh. Flynn went down on strikes and Bomback drew a walk. Taveras hit a single to bring home Morales with the Mets’ ninth run of the game. Maddox walked to load the bases and St. Louis reliever Bob Sykes struck out both Mazzilli and Jorgensen to finish off the inning. Bomback then retired the Redbirds on three straight infield ground balls in the bottom half.

Despite allowing singles to Stearns and Morales, Cards’ reliever George Frazier pitched a scoreless top of the eighth. Mike Phillips reached second base on an error by first baseman Jorgensen to lead off the bottom of the inning. Leon Durham followed with his first major league hit to drive home Phillips. Keith Hernandez drew a walk and Simmons’ ground out to Jorgensen advanced the runners to second and third. Kennedy singled against Mets’ reliever Tom Hausman to plate both Durham and Hernandez, cutting the New York lead to 9-4. Kennedy moved to second on a wild pitch and Hendrick popped out to Jorgensen. Pinch-hitter Dane Iorg doubled to score Kennedy with the Redbirds’ fifth run. Hausman then got Ramsey to fly out to left fielder Henderson and end the inning.

Cardinals’ reliever Don Hood set down the side in order in the top of the ninth. Tommy Herr was retired on a fly ball to Henderson to begin the bottom half. Phillips hit a double and Durham grounded out to second baseman Flynn. Hausman then got Hernandez on a grounder to Flynn for the game’s final out. The Mets had a solid victory.