May 7, 1982: Puleo Leads Six-Hitter Over Giants

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Date: May 7, 1982
Mets starter: Charlie Puleo
Mets: 3
Giants: 2
Winning pitcher: Charlie Puleo
Key player(s): Charlie Puleo, Dave Kingman, Mookie Wilson, George Foster
Key play: Kingman’s home run, Foster’s RBI groundout

The Mets faced the Giants on Friday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the second of four games in a series. Charlie Puleo and two relievers teamed up in a six-hitter as the Mets defeated San Francisco, 3-2.

Puleo retired the side in order in the top of the first inning. Mookie Wilson singled against Giants’ starter Bill Laskey to lead off the bottom half. Wilson advanced to third base on John Stearns’ single and came home as George Foster grounded to shortstop Johnnie LeMaster for a double play. Dave Kingman hit a home run for a 2-0 Mets lead. Laskey then struck out Gary Rajsich to end the inning.

After scoreless second and third innings, Dave Bergman got a one-out single in the top of the fourth. Champ Summers fouled out to third baseman Hubie Brooks and a single by Darrell Evans ensued. Jack Clark hit a single to score Bergman and cut the Mets’ lead to 2-1. Milt May went down on strikes to close out the inning and Laskey surrendered only a walk to Ron Gardenhire in the bottom half. Puleo hurled a perfect top of the fifth and Wilson singled to open the bottom of the inning. Mookie stole second base and moved to third on Stearns’ sacrifice bunt. Foster grounded out to LeMaster to bring home Wilson with the Mets’ third run of the game. Laskey then retired Kingman on a foul pop-up to third baseman Evans for the inning’s final out.

Puleo set down all three batters in the top of the sixth. The Mets failed to score after loading the bases against Laskey in the bottom half and Evans singled to begin the top of the seventh. On his own hit, Evans was out at second base via a throw by center fielder Wilson to shortstop Gardenhire. Clark hit a single and May flied out to right fielder Joel Youngblood. LeMaster singled for the Giants’ sixth hit and Puleo retired pinch-hitter Jim Wohlford on an inning-ending pop-up to first baseman Kingman. San Francisco reliever Fred Breining then yielded just a single to Stearns in the bottom half.

Puleo pitched a scoreless top of the eighth. Breining gave up only a single to Wally Backman in the bottom of the inning and pinch-hitter Duane Kuiper drew a walk against Puleo to lead off the top of the ninth. Evans and Clark followed with walks against Mets’ relievers Pete Falcone and Neil Allen, respectively, to load the bases. May hit a force play ground ball to second baseman Tom Veryzer that brought home Kuiper with the Giants’ second run. Allen got LeMaster to line out to Veryzer, who then threw to first baseman Mike Jorgensen for an out on pinch-runner Jeffrey Leonard and a game-ending double play. The Mets had come away with a victory.