October 4, 1980: Bomback and Reardon Stifle Cards
|Date: October 4, 1980|
|Mets starter: Mark Bomback|
|Winning pitcher: Mark Bomback|
|Key player(s): Mark Bomback, Jeff Reardon, Dan Norman, Hubie Brooks|
|Key play: Norman’s singles, Brooks’ home run|
The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Saturday afternoon in St. Louis. The teams played the second of three games in a season-closing series. Mark Bomback pitched seven scoreless innings and Jeff Reardon recorded a save in a 5-2 Mets win over the Redbirds.
Following a scoreless first, Steve Henderson tripled to lead off the top of the second. Dan Norman hit a single that scored Henderson and stole second base. Cards’ starter Jeff Little retired the next three batters to close out the inning and Bomback hurled a perfect bottom half. Mookie Wilson drew a one-out walk in the top of the third. With Wally Backman at bat, Wilson stole second and advanced to third on catcher Terry Kennedy’s throwing error. Mookie came home on a wild pitch for a 2-0 Mets lead. Little got Backman to ground out to second baseman Tommy Herr and retired Lee Mazzilli on a fly ball to left fielder Leon Durham that ended the inning. Bomback then limited the Cardinals to a double by Herr in the bottom half.
Little and Bomback each pitched a scoreless fourth. With one out in the top of the fifth, Wilson walked and stole second base. Mookie went to third on Backman’s ground out to first baseman Keith Hernandez and scored the Mets’ third run on a single by Mazzilli. Little retired Henderson on an inning-ending grounder to third baseman Mike Ramsey. Bomback then gave up just a double to Tony Scott in the bottom half.
With one out in the top of the sixth inning, Hubie Brooks homered against St. Louis reliever Jim Otten to extend the Mets’ lead to 4-0. Otten set down Butch Benton and Bill Almon on outfield flies to end the inning and Bomback yielded just a double to Hernandez in the bottom half. Mark singled to begin the top of the seventh. Wilson flied out to Durham and a double play grounder by Backman finished off the inning. Kennedy drew a leadoff walk in the bottom half. Scott flied out to left fielder Henderson and a single by Joe DeSa ensued. Bomback then struck out Ramsey and retired pinch-hitter Dane Iorg on a ground ball to first baseman Mazzilli for the inning’s final out.
Mazzilli got a bunt single against St. Louis reliever John Littlefield to open the top of the eighth. Lee moved to second base on Henderson’s ground out to Ramsey and stole third. Norman singled to drive home Mazzilli for a 5-0 Mets lead. Littlefield set down the next two hitters to end the inning and Hernandez homered with two outs in the bottom half for the Redbirds’ first run of the game. Durham hit a single and came around to score on a double by Kennedy. Reardon then came in to pitch for the Mets and got Scott to hit a grounder to shortstop Backman for the third out of the inning.
Littlefield hurled a perfect top of the ninth. DeSa popped out to second baseman Almon to lead off the bottom half. Ramsey singled and pinch-hitter Mike Phillips went down on strikes. Herr reached second base on an error by Reardon. Jeff then struck out Ken Reitz to bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory with superb pitching from Bomback and Reardon.