May 7, 1981: Flynn and Jorgensen Slug Mets Past Giants
|Date: May 7, 1981|
|Mets starter: Ed Lynch|
|Winning pitcher: Ed Lynch|
|Key player(s): Doug Flynn, Mike Jorgensen, Ed Lynch|
|Key play: Flynn’s and Jorgensen’s home runs|
The Mets faced the Giants on a Thursday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Doug Flynn and Mike Jorgensen provided all the scoring for the Mets with home runs for a 3-2 win over San Francisco.
Enos Cabell singled against Mets’ starter Ed Lynch to lead off the top of the first inning. Milt May flied out to center fielder Lee Mazzilli and a ground out by Jack Clark advanced Cabell to second base. Larry Herndon singled to drive home Cabell for a 1-0 Giants lead. Lynch issued a walk to Darrell Evans and got Jerry Martin on an inning-ending force play grounder to shortstop Bob Bailor. San Francisco’s Doyle Alexander then pitched a scoreless bottom half.
Following a scoreless second inning, Lynch shut down the Giants in the top of the third. Alexander struck out Alex Trevino to begin the bottom of the inning. An ensuing homer by Flynn tied the game and Lynch went down on strikes. Mazzilli flied out to center fielder Martin to close out the inning and Lynch pitched a perfect top of the fourth. With two outs in the bottom half, Jorgensen singled and Dave Kingman drew a walk. Alexander then got Hubie Brooks to hit a force play grounder to third baseman Evans and end the inning.
Lynch and Alexander both retired the side in order in the fifth. Ed set down all three San Francisco batters in the top of the sixth. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Bailor singled to center field. Joel Youngblood was retired on a pop-up to second baseman Rennie Stennett. Jorgensen followed with a two-run homer to give the Mets a 3-1 lead. Alexander got Kingman on a ground ball to shortstop Billy Smith to close out the inning. Lynch then retired the Giants 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh.
Brooks and Trevino got back-to-back singles to open the bottom of the seventh inning. Hubie advanced from second to third base on Flynn’s fly out to Martin. Lynch hit a grounder on which Brooks was out at home via a throw by Evans to catcher May. Alexander retired Mazzilli on an inning-ending ground ball to first baseman Cabell and pinch-hitter Dave Bergman singled with one out in the top of the eighth. Cabell flied out to Mazzilli and an ensuing single by May was misplayed by right fielder Youngblood, allowing Bergman to score the Giants’ second run. Mets’ reliever Neil Allen struck out Clark to end the inning. San Francisco’s Gary Lavelle then pitched a scoreless bottom half.
Allen fanned Herndon to begin the top of the ninth inning. Evans hit a single and Martin went down on strikes. Allen then got pinch-hitter Joe Morgan to ground out to second baseman Flynn and end the game. The Mets had a victory to close out the series.