May 3, 1981: Youngblood's Homer Gives Mets Split

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Date: May 3, 1981
Mets starter: Mike Scott
Mets: 7
Padres: 4
Winning pitcher: Mike Scott
Key player(s): Joel Youngblood, Alex Trevino, Bob Bailor
Key play: Bailor’s double, Trevino’s single, Youngblood’s home run

The Mets faced the Padres in a doubleheader on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. After dropping the opener, the Mets aimed for a split in the second game of the twinbill. A three-run homer by Joel Youngblood broke a tie and gave the Mets an eventual 7-4 win over San Diego.

Mike Scott and the Padres’ Jack Curtis each pitched two scoreless innings to start the game. Scott shut down San Diego again in the top of the third and Youngblood singled to open the bottom half. Bob Bailor hit a double to drive home Youngblood and advanced to third base on Lee Mazzilli’s fly out to center fielder Ruppert Jones. Curtis issued consecutive walks to Dave Kingman and John Stearns to load the bases. Hubie Brooks hit a sacrifice fly to score Bailor and move the other runners to second and third. Alex Trevino singled to plate Kingman with the Mets’ third run. On the hit, Stearns was out at home via a throw by right fielder Joe Lefebvre to catcher Terry Kennedy to end the inning.

Scott struck out Ozzie Smith to begin the top of the fourth. Jones doubled and came home on an ensuing double by Gene Richards. Kennedy hit a single to score Richards and cut the Mets’ lead to 3-2. Scott got Broderick Perkins on a ground ball to shortstop Bailor for an inning-ending double play and drew a one-out walk in the bottom half. Youngblood singled and Bailor walked to load the bases. Curtis fanned Mazzilli and issued a walk to Kingman that forced home Scott. Padres’ reliever John Littlefield then got Stearns to hit a force play grounder to shortstop Smith for the inning’s final out.

After a scoreless fifth, Scott retired the side in order in the top of the sixth. San Diego’s Tim Lollar hurled a scoreless bottom half and Richards singled to lead off the top of the seventh. Kennedy followed with a double to left field. An ensuing double by Perkins drove home Richards and Kennedy, tying the game at 4-4. Lefebvre fouled out to third baseman Brooks and a ground out by Luis Salazar back to Scott advanced Perkins to third base. Mike then retired Juan Bonilla on a ground ball to Bailor to close out the inning.

Trevino drew a walk with one out in the bottom of the seventh. Doug Flynn hit a single and pinch-hitter Rusty Staub went down on strikes. Youngblood connected for a homer that put the Mets ahead by three runs. Lollar threw a called third strike past Bailor for the third out and Mets’ reliever Neil Allen pitched a perfect top of the eighth. For the Padres, John Urrea set down the side 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning.

Richards grounded out to Bailor to start the top of the ninth. Kennedy was struck out and an infield single by Perkins ensued. Allen then got Lefebvre to ground out to first baseman Mike Jorgensen and end the game. The Mets had a split of the doubleheader.