September 17, 1978: Bruhert Pitches Four-Hit Shutout
|Date: September 17, 1978|
|Mets starter: Mike Bruhert|
|Winning pitcher: Mike Bruhert|
|Key player(s): Mike Bruhert, Elliott Maddox|
|Key play: Maddox’s RBI single, Schmidt’s error|
The Mets and the Phillies concluded a three-game series on a Sunday afternoon. After splitting the first two games, the teams played the rubber match at Philadelphia’s Veterans Stadium. Mike Bruhert shut out the first place Phils with a four-hitter for a 2-0 Mets victory.
Lee Mazzilli led off the game with a double against Phillies’ starter Larry Christensen. Elliott Maddox followed with a single to score Mazzilli for a quick 1-0 Mets lead. Christensen retired Steve Henderson on a ground ball to shortstop Larry Bowa and threw a called third strike past Willie Montanez. Maddox moved to third base on John Stearns ensuing infield single and came in to score on an errant throw by third baseman Mike Schmidt. Stearns advanced all the way to third on the play. Christensen got Joel Youngblood on a grounder to Bowa for the final out of the inning. Bruhert then limited Philadelphia to a two-out single by Garry Maddox in the bottom half.
From the second inning to the eighth, Bruhert and Christensen each pitched scoreless ball. Mazzilli, Henderson and Lenny Randle singled twice each and Youngblood also singled, but none scored against Christensen. Bruhert gave up singles to Schmidt and Richie Hebner, a walk and a double to Ted Sizemore and a walk to pinch-hitter Tim McCarver over the seven-inning stint. Mike fanned five batters and recorded a double play in keeping the Phillies from scoring. Philadelphia’s Ron Reed then pitched a perfect top of the ninth.
Bruhert retired Bowa on a grounder back to the mound to begin the bottom of the ninth inning. He followed up by getting Maddox to ground out to third baseman Randle. Mike then got Greg Luzinski on a ground ball to shortstop Sergio Ferrer for the final out of the game. The Mets had won their second game of the weekend series against the National League East Division leaders on Bruhert’s four-hit shutout.
- This was Bruhert’s only complete game of his major league career.