September 12, 1982: Falcone Three-Hits Cardinals
|Date: September 12, 1982|
|Mets starter: Pete Falcone|
|Winning pitcher: Pete Falcone|
|Key player(s): Pete Falcone, Dave Kingman, Brian Giles, Bruce Bochy|
|Key play: Kingman’s single and sacrifice fly, Giles’ and Bochy’s home runs|
The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Sunday afternoon in St. Louis. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Pete Falcone pitched a three-hit complete game in a 4-1 Mets win over the Redbirds.
Mookie Wilson doubled against Cards’ starter Steve Mura to lead off the top of the first inning. Wilson advanced to third base on Bob Bailor’s ground out to shortstop Mike Ramsey and a walk to Rusty Staub ensued. Dave Kingman hit a single to drive home Wilson with the first run of the game. Mike Jorgensen singled to load the bases and Hubie Brooks went down on strikes. Mura retired Brian Giles on a line drive to left fielder Lonnie Smith to end the inning. In the bottom half, Smith got a one-out single and Keith Hernandez drew a walk. Falcone then fanned George Hendrick and Gene Tenace for the inning’s final outs.
Mura and Falcone each hurled a perfect second. To begin the top of the third, Bailor hit a double and moved to third base on Staub’s ground out to first baseman Hernandez. Kingman followed with a sacrifice fly to score Bailor for a 2-0 Mets lead. Mike Jorgensen flied out to center fielder David Green to finish off the inning. Falcone then set down the Cardinals in order in the bottom half.
Brooks flied out to right fielder Hendrick to lead off the top of the fourth inning. Giles and Bruce Bochy followed with consecutive homers to extend the Mets’ lead to four runs. Mura was replaced on the mound by St. Louis reliever Eric Rasmussen, who recorded a strikeout of Falcone. Wilson hit a single to left field and stole second base. Rasmussen struck out Bailor to end the inning. Falcone then held the Redbirds to a single by Hendrick in the bottom half.
Rasmussen and Falcone each set down the side in order in the fifth inning. Cards’ reliever Dave LaPoint pitched a scoreless top of the sixth and Pete retired the Redbirds 1-2-3 in the bottom half. Bailor drew a walk with one out in the top of the seventh. Staub flied out to Hendrick and a stolen base by Bailor ensued. Kingman was given an intentional walk and St. Louis’s Jeff Keener got pinch-hitter Ellis Valentine on a fly ball to Hendrick that closed out the inning. Hendrick doubled for the Cardinals’ third hit to begin the bottom half. Falcone then retired then next three batters to end the inning.
Keener gave up just a walk to Bochy in the top of the eighth. Falcone set down all three Redbirds hitters on infield ground balls in the bottom half. Cards’ relievers John Martin and Doug Bair combined for a scoreless top of the ninth and Smith drew a walk to open the bottom of the inning. With Hernandez at bat, Smith stole second base and advanced to third on an error by catcher Bochy. Hernandez followed with a sacrifice fly to score Smith for the Cardinals’ first run. Hendrick was retired on a fly ball to left fielder Valentine. Falcone then got Tenace on a pop-up to third baseman Brooks to end the game. The Mets had a series-closing victory on Pete’s three-hitter.