October 1, 1982: Leach's 10-inning One-Hitter

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Date: October 1, 1982
Mets starter: Terry Leach
Mets: 1
Phillies: 0
Winning pitcher: Terry Leach
Key player(s): Terry Leach, John Denny
Key play: Brooks’ sacrifice fly

A crowd of 16,072 was on hand to see the Mets and Phillies begin the final three-game series of regular season. Those at Veterans Stadium were treated to a classic pitcher’s duel. Terry Leach and the Phils’ John Denny were nearly flawless before the Mets emerged with a 10-inning, 1-0 victory with Leach completing a one-hitter.

Leach and Denny dominated the game, pitching one-hit shutout ball against each other for nine innings. The Mets’ only hit off Denny was a single by Dave Kingman in the second inning while Luis Aguayo’s fifth inning triple was all that the Phils got off Leach. Denny retired the last fourteen Mets’ batters he faced. Leach retired the final seven Phils’ batters up to the end of the ninth.

The lone scoring threat came in the bottom of the seventh. Leach walked three Phillie batters (one intentional) to load the bases with two out. Terry then struck out Denny to end the inning and keep the game scoreless.

In the top of the tenth, Porfi Altamirano came in to pitch for the Phils. Altamirano walked Kingman to start the inning. Gary Rajsich singled to advance pinch-runner Rusty Tillman to third. Brooks then flied out to center field, scoring Tillman to give the Mets the lead.

Leach took care of the Phils in the bottom half of the inning. Following a leadoff walk to Aguayo, Terry retired the next three batters to seal the victory. It was the 13th one-hitter in Mets’ history, the first of which included extra innings.