May 4, 1980: Mets Beat Padres for DH Split

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Date: May 4, 1980
Mets starter: John Pacella
Mets: 6
Padres: 2
Winning pitcher: Ed Glynn
Key player(s): Elliott Maddox, John Pacella, Mike Jorgensen
Key play: Maddox’s and Pacella’s singles

The Mets faced the Padres in a doubleheader on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. After dropping the opener of the twinbill, the Mets aimed for a split in the second game. Three runs in the second inning lifted the Mets to a 6-2 win over San Diego.

Dave Cash drew a walk against Mets’ starter John Pacella with one out in the top of the first. With Gene Richards at bat, Cash was caught stealing second base on catcher Ron Hodges’ throw to shortstop Frank Taveras. Richards walked and Dave Winfield followed with a single to right field. Jerry Mumphrey hit a force play ground ball to Taveras for the third out and San Diego’s Eric Rasmussen pitched a perfect bottom of the inning. Pacella then shut down the Padres in the top of the second.

Mike Jorgensen singled to lead off the bottom of the second inning. Steve Henderson hit a single to send Jorgensen to third base. Hodges walked to load the bases and Elliott Maddox singled to drive home Jorgensen and Henderson for a 2-0 Mets lead. Doug Flynn followed with a double play ground ball back to Rasmussen on which Hodges advanced to third. Pacella singled for his first major league hit to score Hodges with the third New York run. Rasmussen then got Lee Mazzilli to line out to shortstop Ozzie Smith and end the inning.

Pacella hurled a scoreless top of the third. Rasmussen set down the side in order in the bottom half and Pacella issued consecutive walks to Bill Fahey and Willie Montanez to begin the top of the fourth. Barry Evans hit a single to bring home Fahey with the Padres’ first run of the game. Rasmussen’s sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third base. Ed Glynn came in to pitch for the Mets and completed a walk to Smith (charged to Pacella) that loaded the bases. Glynn got Cash to hit a grounder to Taveras for an inning-ending double play. Rasmussen then shut down the Mets in the bottom half.

Glynn yielded only a single to Winfield in the top of the fifth. Taveras hit a two-out double in the bottom of the inning. Joel Youngblood got an infield single and moved to third base on Rasmussen’s error that allowed Taveras to come home. Jorgensen was walked intentionally and Henderson drew a walk to load the bases. San Diego reliever Dennis Kinney then retired John Stearns on a foul pop-up to third baseman Evans for the inning’s final out.

Glynn pitched a perfect top of the sixth. Maddox drew a walk to open the bottom half. Flynn hit a force play grounder to second baseman Cash and advanced to second base on Glynn’s sacrifice bunt. Mazzilli tripled to score Flynn and increase the Mets’ lead to 5-1. Kinney retired Taveras on a ground ball to Smith that ended the inning and pinch-hitter Paul Dade walked to lead off the top of the seventh. Smith drew a walk and Neil Allen came in to pitch for the Mets. Allen got Cash to line out to second baseman Flynn, who threw to Taveras for an out on Dade to complete a double play. Allen then threw a called third strike past Richards to close out the inning.

With one out in the bottom of the seventh, Jorgensen homered against Padres’ reliever Steve Mura for the Mets’ sixth run of the game. Henderson drew a walk and Stearns grounded out to Smith. Maddox walked and Mura retired Flynn on a pop-up to Smith that ended the inning. To begin the top of the eighth, Winfield singled and Mumphrey drew a walk. Winfield advanced to third base after Fahey’s fly out to center fielder Youngblood. Montanez grounded out to Flynn to drive home Winfield with the second San Diego run. Evans walked and Allen retired pinch-hitter Jerry Turner on an inning-ending foul pop-up to third baseman Maddox. For the Padres, John D’Acquisto hurled a perfect bottom half.

Smith grounded out to first baseman Mazzilli to lead off the top of the ninth. Cash went down on strikes. Allen then retired Richards on a ground ball to Taveras for the final out of the game. The Mets had a victory and a doubleheader split.

Notes

  • Pacella’s RBI was the only one of his major league career