October 2, 1977: Four Runs in 1st Bury Cardinals
|Date: October 2, 1977|
|Mets starter: Pat Zachry|
|Winning pitcher: Pat Zachry|
|Key player(s): Leo Foster, Bruce Boisclair, Steve Henderson, Joel Youngblood|
|Key play: Mets’ doubles, Youngblood’s triple|
The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Sunday afternoon in St. Louis. The teams played the final game of the regular season. The Mets scored four runs in the first inning and came away with a 6-4 win over the Redbirds.
Lee Mazzilli doubled against Cards’ starter Bob Forsch to lead off the top of the first. Leo Foster hit a double to score Mazzilli and came home on a double by Bruce Boisclair. Steve Henderson hit a single to drive home Boisclair and moved to second base on John Milner’s ground out to Forsch. John Stearns singled to plate Henderson and increase the Mets’ lead to four runs. On his own hit, Stearns went to second via an error by left fielder Lou Brock. Joel Youngblood got an infield single and Bud Harrelson walked against St. Louis reliever Buddy Schultz to load the bases. Pat Zachry followed with a ground ball on which Schultz threw to catcher Ted Simmons for an out at home on Stearns. Simmons then threw to first baseman Keith Hernandez to complete an inning-ending double play.
Mets’ starter Zachry yielded only a double to Brock in the bottom of the first. Schultz pitched a perfect top of the second and Zachry shut down the Cards in the bottom half. Henderson singled to open the top of the third. Milner popped out to second baseman Mike Phillips and a fly ball by Stearns was caught by Brock. Youngblood hit a triple to bring home Henderson for a 5-0 Mets lead. Schultz retired Harrelson on an inning-ending line drive to right fielder Jim Dwyer. Zachry then retired the side in order in the bottom half.
Cardinals’ reliever John Urrea hurled a scoreless top of the fourth. Jerry Mumphrey singled to lead off the bottom of the inning. Garry Templeton flied out to center fielder Dan Norman and a single by Simmons ensued. Hernandez hit a grounder to second baseman Foster for an inning-ending double play and Henderson drew a leadoff walk in the top of the fifth. Milner singled and Stearns was called out on strikes. Youngblood hit a single that brought home Henderson with the Mets’ sixth run of the game. Urrea got Harrelson to ground out to Hernandez and retired Zachry on a ground ball to Phillips for the inning’s third out. Pat then held the Redbirds to a triple by Phillips in the bottom half.
Zachry and St. Louis reliever John Sutton each pitched scoreless sixth and seventh innings. Sutton shut down the Mets again in the top of the eighth and pinch-hitter Mike Anderson doubled against Zachry to begin the bottom half. Phillips hit a double to score Anderson and a pop-up by Mike Potter was caught by first baseman Boisclair. Rick Bosetti was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Pepe Mangual. Dane Iorg reached third base on Mangual’s error that allowed Phillips to come home. Ken Oberkfell singled to score Iorg and reduce the Mets’ lead to 6-3. Mets’ reliever Paul Siebert then retired John Tamargo on a fly ball to left fielder Henderson that closed out the inning.
Redbirds’ reliever Al Hrabosky pitched a perfect top of the ninth. Hernandez grounded out to Foster to lead off the bottom half. Mike Tyson hit a double and Anderson drew a walk. Phillips singled to drive home Tyson with the Cards’ fourth run. Siebert was replaced on the mound by the Mets’ Rick Baldwin, who retired Potter on a line drive to Henderson. Baldwin then got pinch-hitter Roger Freed to hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Harrelson for the final out of the game. The Mets had a victory to end the season.
- This was Harrelson’s final game with the Mets after thirteen seasons with the team. Bud had played in 1,342 games as a Met, twenty of which were in the post-season.