May 3, 1982: Three Runs in 12th Beat Dodgers
|Date: May 3, 1982|
|Mets starter: Charlie Puleo|
|Winning pitcher: Ed Lynch|
|Key player(s): Hubie Brooks, Mookie Wilson, Ed Lynch|
|Key play: Wilson’s RBI singles, Brooks’ two-run single|
The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Monday night in Los Angeles. The teams played the first half of a two-game series. The Mets scored three runs in the 12th inning for a 6-3 win.
Following a scoreless first inning, Dodgers’ starter Burt Hooton shut down the Mets again in the top of the second. To begin the bottom half, Rick Monday homered for a 1-0 Los Angeles lead. Ron Cey grounded out to shortstop Ron Gardenhire and a strikeout of Pedro Guerrero ensued. Mets’ starter Charlie Puleo retired Steve Yeager on an inning-ending grounder to third baseman Brooks and a single by Gardenhire opened the top of the third. Gardenhire advanced to second base on Puleo’s sacrifice bunt and scored on a single Mookie Wilson to tie the game. With Wally Backman at bat, Wilson stole second and moved to third on an error by catcher Yeager. Backman drew a walk and Hooton got George Foster on a double play grounder to third baseman Cey that ended the inning. Puleo then set down the Dodgers in order in the bottom half.
Puleo and Hooton each pitched scoreless ball in the fourth and fifth innings. Backman drew a leadoff walk in the top of the sixth. Wally stole second base and Foster was called out on strikes. Dave Kingman grounded out to Cey and a passed ball by Yeager moved Backman to third. Joel Youngblood hit a single to drive home Backman and give the Mets a 2-1 lead. Hooton got John Stearns on a force play grounder to Cey for the third out. Puleo then hurled a perfect bottom of the inning.
Brooks singled against Hooton to open the top of the seventh. Hubie went to second base on Gardenhire’s ground out to Cey and to third on a single by Puleo. Wilson singled to score Brooks with the Mets’ third run of the game. Dodgers’ reliever Alejandro Pena struck out Backman to end the inning and Guerrero hit a home run to lead off the bottom half. Puleo retired Yeager on a ground ball back to the mound and issued a walk to Bill Russell. Craig Swan came in to pitch for the Mets and got pinch-hitter Jay Johnstone to pop out to second baseman Tom Veryzer. Russell stole second and came home on a single by Steve Sax for a 3-3 tie. Sax stole second and Swan retired Steve Garvey on a fly ball to left fielder Foster for the inning’s final out.
Los Angeles reliever Tom Niedenfuer set down the side in order in the top of the eighth inning. Monday doubled with one out in the bottom half. Swan threw a called third strike past Cey and issued an intentional walk to Guerrero. Mets’ reliever Pete Falcone walked pinch-hitter Mike Scioscia to load the bases. Neil Allen came in to pitch for New York and retired pinch-hitter Jorge Orta on a grounder back to the mound to close out the inning. Niedenfuer held the Mets to a single by Allen in the top of the ninth. Neil then pitched a perfect bottom of the inning to send the game onward.
Foster got a one-out single in the top of the 10th. Kingman singled and Youngblood hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Mark Belanger. Niedenfuer retired Stearns on fly ball to right fielder Monday to finish off the inning and Allen gave up only a single to Cey in the bottom half. To begin the top of the 11th, Brooks singled to center field. Hubie went to second on Gardenhire’s sacrifice bunt and to third on catcher Scioscia’s passed ball. Pinch-hitter Mike Jorgensen was given an intentional walk. Niedenfuer got Wilson to hit a force play grounder to Belanger and retired Bob Bailor on an inning-ending ground ball to second baseman Sax. Mets’ reliever Ed Lynch then set down the Dodgers 1-2-3 in the bottom half.
Foster singled against Los Angeles reliever Terry Forster to begin the top of the 12th inning. George advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Kingman and moved to third on Youngblood’s single. Stearns was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Steve Howe came in to pitch for the Dodgers. Brooks greeted Howe with a single that brought home Foster and Youngblood as Stearns went to third. Gardenhire hit a force play grounder to Sax that plated Stearns with the Mets’ sixth run. Howe then got Lynch to ground out to first baseman Garvey and end the inning.
Sax grounded out to Gardenhire to lead off the bottom of the 12th. Garvey was retired on a foul pop-up to first baseman Kingman. Lynch then retired Dusty Baker on a fly ball to center fielder Wilson for the final out of the game. The Mets had a victory in extra innings.