May 27, 1981: Zachry Six-Hits Phillies
|Date: May 27, 1981|
|Mets starter: Pat Zachry|
|Winning pitcher: Pat Zachry|
|Key player(s): Pat Zachry, Joel Youngblood, Dave Kingman|
|Key play: Youngblood’s single, Kingman’s home run, Zachry’s sacrifice fly|
Zachry retired the side in order in the top of the first inning. Mookie Wilson singled against Phils’ starter Larry Christenson to lead off the bottom half. Wilson stole second base and moved to third on Bob Bailor’s ground out to first baseman Pete Rose. Joel Youngblood followed with an infield single to drive home Wilson with the game’s first run. With Dave Kingman at bat, Youngblood was caught stealing on a throw by catcher Keith Moreland to shortstop Larry Bowa. Christenseon then struck out Kingman to end the inning.
Zachry yielded only a double to Moreland in the top of the second. Christenson hurled a perfect bottom half and Lonnie Smith hit a two-out double in the top of the third. Rose singled to score Smith with the tying run and Mike Schmidt went down on strikes to close out the inning. Christenson gave up just a single to Zachry in the bottom half and Pat held the Phillies to a double by Gary Matthews in the top of the fourth. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Kingman homered to give the Mets a 2-1 lead. Christenson then retired the next two batters to finish off the inning.
Zachry set down all three Philadelphia batters in the top of the fifth. Hubie Brooks hit a leadoff double in the bottom half. Brooks advanced to third base on Doug Flynn’s ground out to third baseman Schmidt and scored the Mets’ third run on a sacrifice fly by Zachry. Christenson then got Wilson to fly out to center fielder Del Unser and end the inning.
Zachry retired the Phillies 1-2-3 in the top of the sixth. Bailor hit a single to begin the bottom half. Bob moved to third base on Christenson’s errant pickoff throw and Youngblood lined out to Schmidt. Kingman fouled out to Moreland and a walk to Lee Mazzilli ensued. Mazzilli stole second and John Stearns was retired on an inning-ending grounder to Schmidt. Zachry surrendered only a single to Moreland in the top of the seventh. Christenson then set down the Mets in order in the bottom half.
Zachry pitched a perfect top of the eighth inning. Phils’ reliever Mike Proly retired all three hitters in the bottom half and Schmidt reached on an error by first baseman Mike Jorgensen to open the top of the ninth. Unser flied out to left fielder Mazzilli and a single by Matthews followed. Moreland grounded out to third baseman Brooks. Zachry then got Bowa on a line drive to Jorgensen for the game’s final out. The Mets had a victory on Pat’s six-hitter.